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Scream as you hurtle along the rails of rickety rollercoasters, explore the city streets or oceanfront promenades on the back of a bike, or sip a glass of local wine as the sun disappears over the horizon at Sunset Beach, there’s plenty to do on the jutting headland of picturesque Cape May. Its retro cities, with their neon-lights and 50’s buildings, or the coastal towns lined with Victorian townhouses and painted shiplap restaurants, give way to unassuming beaches that travel for miles along the edge of this vibrant coastal retreat.

Things to see

Perched on the headland that curves around Delaware Bay, Sunset Beach is a pretty stretch of sand served by a purpose-built car park and an unusual collection of tourist shops. If you planning visiting, make sure you arrive just before dark, when you’ll be treated to a blaze of colors dancing across the horizon in a natural sunset light show that gives the beach its name. It’s a favorite place for divers, with the SS Atlantus right of its shore, and from the flying of US veterans’ casket flags, to a classic shrimp salad at its beachside grille, it might be a small attraction but it caters for tourists well. The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse still stands proudly on the rocks at the mouth of the bay, and the views from the top are impressive while the sky is clear. If you look to the north, you might just be able to make out the rolling hills of the Cape May Vineyard, where the area’s signature Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is produced.

Hotels in Cape May

Nearly all of the hotels in Cape May can be found on its very south coast, or spread along the length of Wildwood, a tourist resort town on the east coast, where 7-11’s fill the street corners, and the beachfront is given over to a waterpark and amusement arcade. There are far more discount hotels on this jutting peninsular than luxury accommodation, from welcoming motels to laid back bed and breakfasts, and family-favorite inns. Whatever your budget stretches to, they nearly all lie within walking distance of the Cape’s beautiful beaches, and you can find rooms with en-suite bathrooms, complimentary breakfasts, and swimming pool facilities for a great stay in the area.

Where to stay

The city of Wildwood developed in the 50s and retains much of the charm from that intriguing era. The almost space-age style architecture of its historic buildings is found in its neon-fronted hotels, and the boardwalk, towered over by the metal rails of its rollercoaster rides, is lined by garish and noisy arcades, brash gift shops, and retro pizzerias. The Victorian era buildings of Cape May itself, which holds acclaim as America’s first purpose-built beach resort, are bold and beautiful in painted colors that reflect the fun nature of the town. You’ll find plenty of hotels in Cape May, and its Washington Street Mall is a pedestrian walkway that’s home to the area’s best restaurants, and boutique stores.

How to get to Cape May

Cape May Airport serves domestic flights, but if you’re heading to this part of New Jersey as an international visitor you’ll find it easier to fly into Philadelphia International Airport to the north and make the transfer by road or rail. Cape May is relatively flat, so getting about on foot is a relaxing way to explore, but if you’re looking for a faster way to travel, check out the bike rental shops in Cape May or Wildwood.