The town of Cape May is believed to be the oldest of the South Jersey shore resort towns, founded by a Dutch explorer in 1620. In early times, as well as today, this quaint Victorian style area thrived on commercial and sport fishing.

Cape May is surrounded by water on three sides, the Atlantic ocean to the south and east and the Delaware Bay to the west. This lends itself to have some of the finest seafood restaurants when in season and plenty of water sports to keep everyone in the family satisfied.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, quiet family vacation, with wide sandy beaches, and the charm of a small Victorian town then consider Cape May. Although it will be busy in the summer season, the charm will always be there.

Perfect summer weather, 30 miles of clean, sandy beaches, pristine woods to hike and observe nature, great fishing holes, Victorian charm and history, bird watching along the Atlantic flyby, biking along the coast, and campgrounds in beautiful natural settings. Vacationers will find these attractions and more to fill their days while visiting New Jersey's southern shore.

Cape May, dubbed the nation's oldest seaside resort, is situated at the southern tip of the New Jersey peninsula and is listed on the registry of National Historic Landmarks for the hundreds of Victorian homes that have been restored here. To easily view these nostalgic mansions, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts offers walking and trolley tours along the gas lamp lit streets of Cape May. Visitors can choose accommodations from some of the best Bed and Breakfast Inn resorts in the country or some of the nicest campgrounds along the coast. .

In Cape May, more than 600 turn-of-the-century buildings stand as a tribute to Victorian-era architecture. The town commemorates its past throughout the year, with events such as Victorian Week.It's here that bed-and-breakfasts abound.

If it's bird watching you enjoy, look no further than Cape May. During the spring and fall, it is one of the top spots in the country for seeing migrating hawks and other raptors. A little farther north on Route 9, visitors to Leamings Run Botanical Gardens in Swainton will find not only floral beauty, but hummingbirds in abundance in the month of August.

For a closer peek at the animal kingdom, there is the wonderful Cape May County Zoo. This region boasts that it is the camping capitol of the northeast.

Cape May is located 50 miles south of Atlantic city. The easiest way to reach the heart of Cape May is to take the Garden State Parkway to the most southern point and you are there.

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