Beach Swimmers
The beach near Second Avenue in Cape May. Dale Gerhard

In Cape May, finding parking can be difficult. Parking on the east end of town is easier because it's less crowded and more residential.

Beach tags are required for the beaches in Cape May and Cape May Point. Tags areĀ $27 for the entire season, $18 weekly, $12 for three days, and a daily tag is $6. Free to active military and veterans.

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Good historical side trips are the Cape May Lighthouse, which is actually in Lower Township, and Fire Control Tower No. 23, a World War II observation tower built to watch the shores for attack.

There is also the remnants of the concrete ship Atlantus, the World War I era ship that became stuck in the sand in 1926. Atlantus is right off Sunset Beach in Lower Township, south of the World War II tower. Sunset Beach is also a good place to spot pods of dolphins swimming around. Bring a camera for some family snapshots at sunset.

Cape May has a mix of fancy eats and everyday fare like a pancake house and a walk-up hot dog place.

Cape May does not have a boardwalk but it does have a promenade with plenty of small shops near the beachfront and a video arcade.

Cape May is known for its Victorian style bed-and-breakfasts and old houses that line the streets. It makes for pleasant scenery for an early-afternoon walk.

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