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Cape May is a barrier island at the southern tip of New Jersey's Atlantic Coast. While there are no real neighborhoods like you may find in large cities, there are different areas of the island, each with unique characteristics. There is Cape May, West Cape May and Cape May Point - all sharing the island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, and the Cape May Canal and Harbor.
The City of Cape May is a family-friendly, Victorian town, with stunning architecture that dates back to the 19th Century... So much historic architecture, in fact, that the entire City of Cape May has been designated a National Historic Landmark. There are the Grand Ladies of the Island with all their vibrant color, gingerbread & lace trim. Most are Bed & Breakfasts. Some offer tours, some don't. There are hotels along Beach Avenue for those who want to be closer to the ocean. There are the summer and year round residents all living together.
Bicycling is a great way to get around the city, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the nation's oldest seaside resort. Among those sights, in addition to the architectural eye-candy, might be horse-drawn carriages escorting tourists, 19th Century-garbed walking tour guides being shadowed by attentive onlookers, or even a bride scurring across Beach Avenue, holding on to her tiara so it doesn't blow away, to exchange vows with her waiting groom on the beach.
Cape May's beaches are a major attraction, not just for weddings, year round, and they are clean, wide, and well maintained. There are beaches for sunning and for surfing. There is nothing like a beach chair, a good book and the ocean breeze to make you relax and enjoy the day. For the more adventurous, there are inland water sports like wave-runners, wake tubing, kayaking, and parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean for the most breath-taking view of the entire island. Cape May is host to world-class fishing tournaments including the Mid-Atlantic, and boasts a near-by championship-caliber golf course, Cape May National. Cape May has lots to offer for the tourist and resident alike.
West Cape May is a more residential part of the island. While there are great shops and restaurants, West Cape May is less traveled and even though only a mile or so from the beach, there are fresh produce stands, farms, charming cottages and wide open spaces.
Cape May Point, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay, is its own little quiet paradise. Besides the Pacific coast, Cape May Point's Sunset Beach, is one of only a handful of places in the entire country where you can see a sunset over the water's horizon... Large sand dunes along the beaches, seaside homes from the modest to the most modern. The lighthouse is here, and all 199 stairs are ready to be climbed. Lily Lake with the ducks and swans, gardens and tranquil park. Cape May Point Bird Observatory with its birding platforms welcomes songbirds in the spring and hawks in the fall. This is great place for birders and non-birders. Cape May Point State Park has the lighthouse, World War II bunker and birding platforms. There are places to picnic, trails to explore and places to just gaze out over the ocean.
So each community on the Island of Cape May is unique, but because the island is only a few miles long and a few miles wide, it all just flows from one end to the other and feels like one big family.