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- Entire condo
- Cape May
A one (1) bedroom, one bathroom condominium unit for rent. Condo is approximately 500 square feet plus a very large ocean front wrap around covered front porch. Located across the street from the beach. Six short blocks to center of town. Seven day rental from Saturday to Saturday Two TVs. Includes basic cable and Rokuu in living room that has Nextflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney Plus. Written rental agreement to be signed to complete reservation process confirming Airbnb terms.
- Entire guest suite
- Cape May
Dragonfly Cottage is a hotel style unit with queen bed on a quiet street on Cape May Island a mile from the beach and town. It is a bright, sunny room with a vaulted ceiling, private entrance, off street parking and screened in porch for having your morning coffee. Located in easy biking distance to both Cape May, West Cape May and the Point, it is a good base for a great vacation. Beach tags and beach chairs provided. Come have a comfortable getaway at the shore!
- Entire condo
- Cape May
Heart of Cape May, a block to Washington Mall and 5 blocks to the beach. Historic building updated with modern amenities and reserved onsite parking. 3rd floor walk-up (46 steps). Stocked with locally sourced essentials (shampoo, conditioner, soap, coffee/tea, spices) full kitchen, bedding, beach and bath towels, W/D, sun deck w/ new furniture, WIFI, YouTubeTV, Disney+ and more. Memorial Day-Labor Day: access to Ocean St. Beach Box (4 chairs, umbrella, toys, etc.) and 4 commercial beach tags.
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Your guide to Cape May
Welcome to Cape May
It’s easy to see why the entire city of Cape May is a National Historic Landmark. Stepping into the resort town, most of which was rebuilt following a 1878 fire, is like rewinding back to Victorian times, with hundreds of homes built in the charming architectural style — the second highest concentration after San Francisco. Along with its vibrant cultural offerings — which include the historic Carroll Gallery and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival — the region is also widely known for its beaches and other natural wonders. This is a popular spot for fishing (it’s home to the East Coast’s second-largest fishing port) and birding (more than 400 species have been recorded here).
How do I get around Cape May?
Ask any New Jerseyans where they live, and they’ll likely tell you by a highway exit number — Cape May is known as the Garden State Parkway’s famous Exit Zero. As the southernmost tip of the state, the easiest way to get here is by car. The town is about a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia and about three hours from Baltimore and New York City. But since the only way to and from Cape May is via one of two bridges, build in time for traffic on popular travel days. Those coming from the south may consider the 80-minute ferry ride across the Delaware Bay from Lewes, Delaware. Buses also run from Philadelphia, New York City, and many New Jersey towns. If you’re coming from further away, there’s Cape May County Airport (WWD) for private planes or Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) about 45 minutes north. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the closest major terminal, an hour-and-40-minute drive away. Once you’re here, most visitors tend to walk around town, though a free jitney, bike rentals, and taxis are also options.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cape May?
Like the rest of the Jersey Shore, Cape May’s liveliest season kicks off on Memorial Day with a Memorial Day Ceremony. The pleasant weather is accompanied by plenty of outdoor activities, such as the Independence Day Parade, Baby Parade (open to those ages 12 and younger), the MidAtlantic big game fishing tournament, and Rotary Park Concerts throughout the season. Cape May is known as one of the world’s best spots for birding in the autumn, with a fall festival dedicated to the peak migration. Though the temperatures drop as it nears December, the cozy Christmas spirit comes to life, with the decorated Victorian homes looking straight out of a storybook; Christmas Candlelight House Tours have been running here since 1973. The first few months of the year are the chilliest, but also mark a quiet time to take in the Cape.
What are the top things to do in Cape May?
Victorian Homes and Emlen Physick Estate
Strolling through the seaside town is like stepping back in time thanks to more than 600 preserved and restored Victorian buildings. For a deeper dive into the architecture, stop by the 18-room Emlen Physick Estate, the city’s Victorian House Museum.
Cape May Lighthouse
The 199-step climb to the top of the tower, built in 1859, reveals views of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, while the Oil House on the ground level features displays of maritime artifacts. Buy a combination ticket to also visit the World War II Lookout Tower down the road. For those who enjoy getting spooked, the Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour brings to light all the paranormal activities in the area.
Nature Center of Cape May
Run by the New Jersey Audubon Society, this nature preserve offers year-round programming, as well as a walking trail, kayaking, and paddle boarding. There’s a three-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view. The society also runs the Cape May Bird Observatory at Cape May Point, which hosts the World Series of Birding each May.