Cape May distinguishes itself in many ways. Since the mid-18th century, it has been a year-round destination for families, couples, artists, and nature enthusiasts. There’s much to do. You can spend your mornings on the beach and evenings in town at local restaurants. Or, you may enjoy shopping, wine tasting, and a trip to the spa. However you like to spend your time, we’ve got some ideas for you. Here is your Cape May Tourist Guide.


Cape May is home to an outdoor walking mall spanning three blocks, with brick pathways, decorative fountains, and wooden benches surrounding garden planters. Shopping in Cape May is concentrated on the mall, the Washington Commons, Carpenter’s Square Mall, the beachfront, and West Cape May. Stop by these fantastic boutiques.

  • Cape May Soap Co. offers premium handmade all-natural soap.
  • Sea Weeds by the Sea has all the accessories you need for a day at the beach, a night on the town, and all the workdays in between.
  • Out of the Past Antiques is full of fond memories and small surprises!

Things To Do

There is so much to do and see in Cape May. Even on a rainy day, you won’t be bored. Year-round, you can find entertainment, attend art shows, go boating, visit the Cape May County Zoo, and enjoy our beautiful natural environment by the sea. Here are some fund things to do.

  • Cape May Fireman’s Museum is free and open to the public.
  • Cape May Day Spa offers state-of-the-art services.
  • Cape May Light House is a popular landmark and aid-to-navigation for mariners

Dog Friendly Beaches

Cape May is a great destination if you like to vacation with your dog, but we want to caution you that Cape May City’s beaches are not dog-friendly in season, and the Lower Township beaches along the Delaware Bay are the only beaches which are dog-friendly all year. Here are our recommendations:

  • Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area allows dogs from September 1 to April 30. Higbee is owned by the State of New Jersey and is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunset Beach allows dogs September 15 to April 15
  • Cape May Point permits dogs from November 1 through March 14. Dogs must be leashed at all times on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Dogs must be accompanied by an owner over 12 years of age.


Cape May is home to a large variety of restaurants, from walk-up hot-dog stands to world-class oceanfront dining. And with a number of restaurants open year-round, you can enjoy fantastic cuisine any time. Several offer fully stocked bars with selection of drink options with your meal. For those that don’t, you can bring your own beer or bottle of wine for dinner. Reservations are recommended. Try:

  • Sapore Italiano is a fine dining restaurant offering the best-quality traditional Italian dishes
  • Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grill offers classic American fare with a nod to Cape May’s great seafood
  • Peter Shield’s Inn & Restaurant offers beautiful ocean view dining and superbly prepared gourmet American fare.

There’s always something to do in Cape May. Looking for more? Check out Cape May Magazine for a full list of events, activities and tips that will make your next visit unforgettable.

The Montreal Beach Resort is one of the top hotels in Cape May, NJ. Family-owned for more than fifty years, our resort will help you make a lifetime of memories. Open May through October.

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