Cape May: A 'Superstar' Beach that Worked Hard to Come Clean
Cape May has come a long way toward being clean. (Photo: William Thomas Cain)
By John Walters
Nobody passes through Cape May, New Jersey.
“The Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort” is located at the southern terminus of both the Garden State and the Garden State Parkway. Trace a horizontal line on a map and you will note that it is farther south latitudinally than Baltimore and nearly equal to our nation’s capital.
Historical Victorian home in Cape May. (Photo: Sonja Stark/Flickr)
Cape May, with its 24 beaches in a 2.4-mile span and more than 600 Victorian-era homes, is more than a beach town. It is the end of a quest. Other suitors—from Point Pleasant, Spring Lake, and Bay Head to Avalon, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor—have all given a suggestive wink and a smile to sand-starved pilgrims from New York City (158 miles north of Cape May) as they proceed southbound (an equally sizeable number come from Philadelphia). All of these communities are more conveniently located, promising savings in two of summer’s most prized commodities: time and gas.
And yet each summer more than 40,000 temporary residents choose to go all the way to Cape May. None of them accidentally.
Cape May was rated one of 38 “superstar” beaches this year. (Photo: goccmm/Flickr)