Cape May Neighborhood Guide
Cape May is historically rich. A treasure trove of Victorian homes and east coast history. Abraham Lincoln did a little vacationing in Cape May. So did Ulysses S. Grant. So rich in history the entire city of cape may has been designated a National Landmark. Some of us live here all year and many visit staying in one of Cape May’s plentiful bed and breakfasts. I am writing this guide at the beginning of Spring which coincides with our busy season. There will be many visitors to our little part of the world soon and the first thing you need to know about my neighborhood guide is…. CAPE MAY DOESN’T REALLY HAVE NEIGHBORHOODS.
There are different AREA”S within the island each with distinct characteristics.
Cape May Beaches
While beaches surround the island the most popular are connected to what is referred to as the “city of cape may“. All along beach ave, you will find access to miles of pristine coastline. This area is defined by its plentiful restaurants, bicycle friendly access, and bed and breakfasts.
Considered the “residential” part of Cape May the quiet streets are lined with charming cottages like the one in the image above. The “neighborhood” itself is in the middle of protected land only a mile from the beach. Cape May is to the south and Cape May point to the east. West Cape May remains surprisingly serene even in the busiest parts of the tourist season.
Cape May NJ Beach Walk “The Cove”
This popular beach walk is so well known and referred to it’s making my list of “neighborhoods”. It starts on the last jetty of cape may (2nd Street) and extends to the Bunker in Cape May State Park. It 5-6 miles roundtrip and your taking the stroll during summer you are likely to see sunbathers, kayakers, surfers, and eventually a tremendous view of the Cape May Point Light House.
Cape may point somehow feels different than the rest of the year. Prices for food and convenience goods rises in this part of the island. Homes are exponentially bigger and also more expensive. The image above is of the SS Atlantus one of only two cement ships to ever sail the seas. This particular ship was purchased as a novelty bu Colonel Jesse Rosenfeld to be used as a ferry dock in 1926. He had great plans involving a ferry and other concrete ships that never materialized. The existing concrete ship eventually sank and became part of local history.
This Section of cape may is often referred to as a “secret”. That’s not really true as local businesses have assumed the name and the lore of Frog Hollow is common place. In Cape May :-). This small “area” spans from Kearny Street to Columbia Avenue and features some of the most Spectacular homes on the island. It’s hard to navigate with narrow alley’s and one-way streets abounding.
What did I forget?
Do you live in Cape May? Have a favorite feature or place on the island that might referred to as a neighborhood. Mention that in the comments and if I agree I will add YOUR favorite Cape May Neighborhood to this blog post.