Welcome To Cape May NJ
Cape May NJ Highlights
America’s Oldest Seaside Resort features beautiful beaches with a promenade stretching for nearly two miles parallel to Beach Avenue offering scenic sights and sounds of the beach and ocean. Though it’s sometimes referred to as a boardwalk, the promenade is actually paved (the last wooden boardwalk was destroyed in the 1962 nor’easter).
Find outstanding restaurants providing special menus for every palate including vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free choices, fine wines, classic jazz festivals and special events year ’round, historic Victorian buildings, two theater companies, funky shops with unique merchandise, day and evening holiday house tours, wine-tastings, crafts marketplaces, and merchant hospitality nights.
Cape May – A Year-Round Destination
Every season is different.
Spring in Cape May
The average monthly temperatures in the spring are 60ºF in April, and in May it get to be as warm as 69ºF. June’s average temperature is 78ºF. Average water temperatures are 48-68ºF.
Summer in Cape May
The average temperatures in the summer are 78ºF in June, 84ºF in July, 83ºF in August and 77ºF in September. Average water temperatures are 71-73ºF.
Autumn in Cape May
The average monthly temperatures during the fall are 77ºF in September, 66ºF in October and 56ºF in November. Average water temperatures are 73-60ºF
Winter in Cape May
The average monthly temperatures in the winter are 47ºF – 42ºF during December, January and February. March climbs up to about 51ºF. Average water temperatures are 42-37ºF.
“Comfort Stations” are heated/air-conditioned buildings with running water and soap, and electric hand dryers.
Washington Commons – always open, year-round.
Restroom – 301-315 Ocean St
Basic beachfront restroom locations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. In season, they open approximately 6:30 am.
– Beach and Second
– Beach and Broadway
– Beach and Windsor
– Beach and Gurney
– Beach and Philadelphia
– Beach and Trenton
– Beach and Wilmington
There are no public locker rooms or shower facilities, but there are open showers located along the beachfront.
There are free parking spaces on many side streets throughout town. These typically fill up early in the morning. During the summer months, free parking is offered in the Cape May Elementary School lot on Lafayette Street. Free shuttle trolleys run from the lot to locations in town on a regular basis. Overnight parking is not available. When school is in session, free parking is available Saturday and Sunday only.
Most spaces are metered with limited free parking spaces
Three hour meter parking near the Washington Street Mall on Carpenters Lane (from Perry Street to Ocean Street), Lyle Lane (from Decatur Street to Perry Street), and Mansion Street (south side) from April 1 through December 31, between 10am and 10pm.
For all other streets (including the beachfront), from May 1 through October 31, from 10am to 10pm.
Parking meters cost $0.25 for 15 minutes. Standalone meters accept quarters and work with the Parkmobile app. Multi-meters accept dollar bills, credit cards, and work with the Parkmobile app. The City provides a five (5) minute grace period.
In the evenings, several businesses offer parking spaces for a flat fee (usually between $5 and $7). While this isn’t necessarily more economical, it can be less of a headache.
Parking is available at Washington Commons (where Acme grocery store is located) for an hourly rate. The first 30 minutes is free, so this is a great option if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store. The Washington Commons lot closes at 11pm and is not intended for overnight parking. During the winter months, this parking lot does not charge.
By law, handicapped persons properly displaying a special license plate or placard or parking permit issued by the State of New Jersey under NJ.S.A. 39:4 205 or any other state, district or territory of the United States, or by Canada in accordance with N.1.S.A. 39:4-207.5 you are not required to pay parking meter fees.
Exemption from parking meter fees only applies to a vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate when the handicapped person to whom the same is issued is the driver or passenger. Any vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate may only remain parked in one location for up to 24 hours. Any vehicle remaining in one location in excess of 24 hours is subject to penalties.
The Great American Trolley Company offers free Park & Ride service to the Washington Street Mall, beach, and promenade, and one-way trolley rides in Cape May.
Walking and biking are favorite past times among visitors and locals, and one of the easiest ways to get around town. Local bike rental companies offer daily or weekly rental periods and offer bike delivery to your hotel or B&B.
Tags can be purchased on the beach from any beach tag inspector beginning June 16.
Seasonal – $20 through May 31; $25 starting June 1
Weekly – $10
Daily – $5
Military – Free
Active military and immediate family (children up to age 23), and veterans – free.
Dogs are not allowed on Cape May city beaches during the summer months.