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Vacationing in Cape May, New Jersey

By Jennifer Weiss

Sitting at the tip of the Cape May Peninsula in southern New Jersey, Cape May is nestled into the spot where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city claims the title "The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort," and with its beautiful scenery, spectacular sportfishing opportunities, interesting antique shops, and fabulous beaches, it is easy to see why it is and always has been a favorite getaway. Make Cape May, New Jersey your next vacation destination and you will never want to leave this amazing city that combines a beach vacation with a historic atmosphere.

Cape May is a historic city that is simply begging for exploration. Visitors travel from bustling areas such as New York City and Philadelphia to soak in the relaxation that emanates from the picturesque, tree-lined streets, the perfectly landscaped gardens, and the numerous Victorian buildings. Cape May boasts the second largest concentration of Victorian houses, behind San Francisco, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark city in order to preserve the gingerbread architecture that defines the city and draws in tourists.

After strolling through the town and admiring the beauty and purity of the area, make your way to any of the numerous beaches for an exciting, family-oriented day. Higbee Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cape May with its wide expanse of soft, white sand and generally gentle surf. There is a long pier off the beach that is perfect for a casual stroll out towards sea or for a sightseeing trip as you watch the numerous fishermen cast a line off the pier. Other fabulous beaches in the area include Windsor Avenue Beach, which is great for sunning; Grant Avenue Beach, perfect for a relaxing afternoon in the sand; and Broadway Beach, sometimes crowded but an ideal place for people-watching and a lazy afternoon.

Two extremely popular activities along the Cape May coastline are whale watching and bird watching. Charter a boat with a company like Cape May Whale Watcher to catch sight of amazing marine animals including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles and for an adventure that everyone in your family is sure to remember. Bird watching is also popular throughout the area, and one of the best places is Cape May Point State Park. You can hike around the 153 acres and take part in the guided bird walks that occur from late spring until early fall.

Since Cape May has the second largest fishing port on the Atlantic coast, it is no wonder that fishing is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the area. You will find a wide selection of sportfishing charters in the area, many offering a knowledgeable and experienced guide to help you find the catch of a lifetime. For those fishing inshore during the summer, you will find flounder, sharks, blue fish, sea bass, weakfish, and numerous other species. If you are looking for a wilder, rougher adventure, make your way offshore for tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, swordfish, and dolphin.

Whether your ideal vacation involves wading into the refreshing water of the ocean, soaking up the sun, reeling in a big one, or strolling through a gorgeous town, Cape May has everything you need for the perfect getaway. When choosing accommodations for the vacation of a lifetime, look into Cape May vacation rentals that have all the amenities of home and are conveniently located in town near the sand and the surf. You will have easy access to all the attractions you want to visit without giving up any of the comforts of home. Begin your search today for the perfect vacation rental, and experience what it means to have a truly relaxing vacation.

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