BACKGROUND: This tiny town, the southernmost tip of New Jersey just two miles from Cape May, sees its share of tourists. But it beats even Strathmere for lack of commercialism. There are no restaurants. No motels. Just a laid-back flavor and a massive influx of birdwatchers, especially in the fall. Cape May Point is a major migratory route for birds of all kinds, as well as monarch butterflies and dragonflies.
Start your day in Cape May Point State Park, where for a small fee ($7 adults, $3 children), you can climb the 199 steps of the historic Cape May Lighthouse, open daily during the summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Or walk the trails to observe local wildlife.
The beaches at Cape May Point are relatively uncrowded, but do require beach tags.
Watching the sun set at Sunset Beach, at the end of (what else?) Sunset Boulevard, draws a fair amount of tourists in the summer.
INSIDER INFO: The location is arguably the best place to watch the sun set over water. The wreck of the World War I era concrete ship Atlantus sits right offshore. Sunset beach also draws treasure hunters looking for Cape May diamonds, which are pieces of nearly pure quartz that can be polished to look like gems.
WHERE: The park is located along Lighthouse Avenue in Cape May Point. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=%22CAPE+MAY+LIGHTHOUSE%22%2B%22CAPE+MAY+POINT%22%2B%22CAPE+MAY,+NJ%22&sll=38.93239,-74.962635&sspn=0.008112,0.011673&ie=UTF8&hq=%22CAPE+MAY+LIGHTHOUSE&hnear=Cape+May+Point,+Cape+May,+NJ+08204&ll=38.937314,-74.959245&spn=0.015389,0.023346&z=15&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.
HOURS AND COST: Cost is $7 for adults and $3 children, and the lighthouse is open daily during the summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information on Cape May Point State Park, call 609- 884-2159. For information on tours of the lighthouse, call The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts at 609- 884-5404.