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Living in Cape May, NJ

Cape May is the southernmost point of the state of New Jersey, reaching into the divide between the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The balmy summers and chilled-out, beachy atmosphere of Cape May, New Jersey, attract thousands of tourists each summer, boosting the population to about 10 times the year-round community. Cape May, NJ, is recognized as the "Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort" and is registered as a National Historic Landmark City.

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Activities in Cape May

The gorgeous beaches and their attendant activities are king here. Whether you're kayaking, parasailing, or just lounging on the sands of Sunset Beach, summertime is luxurious. Birding, fishing, and whale watching are all big in this locale, and the town hosts festivals galore. Everything from independent boutiques to ice cream parlors can be found along the Washington Street Mall, and the downtown area also boasts a number of fine dining options, with seafood and American fare both prominently represented. Visit a local winery or enjoy a carriage ride around the historic district to admire Victorian homes, such as the Emlen Physick Estate. A handful of theaters can also be found in this neighborhood.

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Cape May Real Estate

Cape May, New Jersey, features one of the largest collections of colorful Victorian architecture in the entire country. Most of these "painted ladies" can be found in the downtown area around Washington, where a 1878 fire wiped out a large swath of the city, leading to mass reconstruction in the Victorian style. If downtown Cape May seems too close to the action for your tastes, consider homes for sale in Cape May in more distant, quiet neighborhoods such as West Cape May or Cape May Point, out by the historic Cape May Lighthouse. Residents living in Cape May enjoy hot summer days, comfortable winters, and quaint Victorian charm all year long.

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In and Around Cape May

Cape May is a relatively small town and it usually isn't necessary to get in the car, especially if you live downtown. The city's flat terrain is quite conducive to biking and walking. However, a car is helpful for day-trips to Atlantic City or one of the numerous nearby state parks. The closest airports are Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Although ACY is closer, PHL is served by a more expansive flight schedule.


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  • Recognized as the “Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort,” the beautiful beaches of Cape May appeals to both the casual beach goer and water sports enthusiasts.
  • The Washington Street Mall features everything a shopaholic desires, from independent boutique shops to sweet ice cream treats.
  • Weekend activities include winery tours, carriage rides through the historic district, and catching a play at a performing arts theater.


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