Destination guide

Cape May: Your ticket to the Jersey Shore

Part of the Jersey Shore, Cape May is a summer ritual for a host of East Coasters. It lures sunseekers with sandy beaches, sparkling water and laid-back vibes. As well as postcard-perfect beaches, there's plenty of history to soak up. The town was founded in the 1600s and dotted with handsome Victorian buildings. Spend your days beach hopping along the coast, devouring lobster rolls, or simply relaxing with a good book. From historic homes in the town center, to breezy bayside cottages, Cape May vacation rentals make it easy to slip into Jersey Shore time.

Things to do

Sip your way through Cape May vineyards

Cape May harbors a flourishing wine industry, with 6 boutique vineyards set on the peninsula. Willow Creek Winery is the showpiece, with beautifully-kept grounds, a gourmet tapas menu and a lively sangria bar. Sip on something you like? Why not stock up on your favorite bottles and enjoy a private tasting session on the deck of your Cape May vacation rentals cottage? For an iconic snapshot, head up to the Cape May Lighthouse. It was built in 1859, with visitors welcome to climb 199 stairs and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline.

Activities

Beach hopping in Cape May

Most vacationers arrive with dreams of sand, sunshine and salty air. Cape May delivers, with some of the East Coast's most beautiful beaches. The Cove is a hotspot for families, while secluded Higbee Beach is an "off the beaten track" option. Running parallel to the shoreline, the Cape May promenade stretches for nearly 2 miles and winds past some of the peninsula's best beaches. Whale-watching season spans from May to December, with the chance to spot humpbacks, fins and minkes frolicking in Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Weather

Sun-drenched summers in Cape May

Summer is high season on the Jersey Shore and Cape May is no exception. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the beaches are packed with sunseekers. Cape May vacation rentals make the most of the sunshine, with beachfront condos just steps from the sand. Thanks to quieter beaches and shoulder season discounts, fall is emerging as a sweet spot. Even in winter, Cape May attracts its fair share of visitors. A year-round population of around 4000 locals keeps things lively and upbeat. It won't be warm enough to swim but you can still enjoy windswept walks on the beach, scenic bike rides and cozy nights by the fire.

Natural features

Discover Cape May Point State Park

One of America's oldest summer resorts, Cape May sees Delaware Bay meet the Atlantic Ocean. It's set on the Jersey Shore, a sun-drenched stretch that spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The peninsula is dominated by Cape May Point State Park, a 190-acre reserve laced with sandy beaches and scenic hiking trails. Birdlife is plentiful, with sanctuaries like the Cape May Bird Observatory serving as an important habitat for hawks, eagles, owls and other species.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cape May

The nearest airport is in Cape May, NJ (WWD-Cape May County), located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Georgetown, DE (GED-Sussex County), which is 29.1 mi (46.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Cape May?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,077 vacation rentals near Cape May. From 724 Houses to 1,091 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cape May for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cape May?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cape May:

  • Village Green: 308 vacation rentals
  • Admiral Estates: 87 vacation rentals
  • Rehoboth by the Sea: 913 vacation rentals
  • South Rehoboth: 1,103 vacation rentals
  • Broadkill Beach: 74 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cape May?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cape May. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Washington Street Mall: 4,701 vacation rentals
  • Colonial House: 4,839 vacation rentals
  • Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts: 4,869 vacation rentals
  • Cape May City Hall: 4,835 vacation rentals
  • Cape May Convention Hall: 4,815 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cape May listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cape May?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 724 Houses in Cape May. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cape May include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,091 rentals available
  • Cottages: 71 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 71 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cape May?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 648 vacation rentals with pool available in Cape May. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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