Best Beaches for Families in Cape May County
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Cape May County is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. The area features more than 30 miles of clean, white, sandy beaches that connect the resort communities of Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, the Wildwoods, and Cape May.
Ocean City bills itself as America’s Greatest Family Resort. Families favor this community in part for its “dry” status, meaning no alcohol is served or sold in town; it keeps the party atmosphere to a minimum. With eight miles of quiet beaches, it’s a great place for kids to splash, stroll, and collect seashells. For day-trippers, there are two free municipal parking lots and a public rest room centrally located at 13th & Boardwalk. On Thursday nights during the summer, its boardwalk hosts Family Night, which includes fun and free activities such as face painting, karaoke, and concerts.
The nation’s oldest seashore resort has earned National Historic Landmark status because of the large concentration of Victorian homes here. Cape May’s wholesome atmosphere and pristine beaches attract families from all over. At Sunset Beach, on the southern end, families can hunt for Cape May “diamonds.” These Jersey gems are actually clear- and colored-quartz pebbles that have been polished by the coarse beach sands; they’re a Cape May tradition. A bustling downtown area is within walking distance of the beach, with many restaurants and fudge and souvenir shops.
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Illustration by Bridgette Blanton.