From fantastic beaches to a proud local culture, there's a lot to love about New Jersey's coastal towns. Here's a rundown of what to hit if you're visiting our Jersey Shore communities near Margate and Cape May.
Let's Hear it for Margate
Although lounging on the beach or cruising the boardwalk are must-dos, these special spots are definitely worth hitting.
Lucy the Elephant
Margate's ultimate tourist attraction, Lucy is a six-story architectural creation created in the 1880s. Climb through the elephant-shaped building for views of Atlantic City and the ocean. 9200 Atlantic Avenue
Do you or the kids love to surf? This rad shop offers boards, apparel, skateboards and more. You won't find a better surf shop in the area. 9223 Ventnor Avenue
Jamaican Me Crazy
This must-go island store offers fun clothes, inexpensive jewelry and home décor that's perfect for adding a beachy touch to any coastal home. 4204 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City
Dino’s Sub and Pizza Shop
Although Dino's doesn't put the fast in fast food, their delicious subs make up for the wait. Favorites include the Regular Italian and their Tuna Sub. Ideal for takeout or delivery (just order before you get screaming hungry). 8016 Ventnor Avenue
Two Cents Plain Ice Cream Parlour
This ice scream dream house has been dishing up goodness for over 40 years. Insider tip: Pretzel bites are served while you wait for your ice cream creation—we say ask your waitress for a side of hot fudge for dipping. 9305 Ventnor Avenue
Need a healthy breakfast spot after a run on the boardwalk? Try the Blueberry Power Pancakes made with flax, organic cottage cheese and organic flour and don't forget to bring a full wallet—this place is cash only. 7310 Ventnor Avenue
Head to the Cape
Remarkably restful and beautiful, Cape May is the ticket when a trip to the Caribbean seems too far away.
Although Hurricane Sandy affected Cape May's beaches, folks who crave a good wave keep coming back to play. The Cove is the most consistent surfing spot in Cape May and Queen Street Beach is a good longboard spot—just watch out for the jetties.
Hit the Beach
White sand and wide, clean beaches give Cape May its stellar reputation. Favorite beaches include Bay Beach, Sunset Beach and Cape May Point. Love to romp with your pooch? Head to the Higbee Beach and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Cape May Lighthouse
It's only 199 steps to catch a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Kids especially love climbing to the top of this 1859 landmark. 215 Light House Avenue
Classic seafood delicacies are the thing at this seafood institution. Love your oysters? Head to the raw bar on the dock to get your fix. Reservations aren't accepted, so prepare to sidle up to the bar and wait for a bit. 906 Schellengers Landing Road
The Blue Pig Tavern
Located in the Congress Hall Hotel, the Blue Pig serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. Pull up a chair on their outdoor patio and enjoy their excellent farm-to-table menu. 251 Beach Avenue
Cape May Popcorn Factory
Old-fashioned popcorn with no artificial ingredients or preservatives—that's what everyone comes for at this popcorn temple. Choose from caramel, candy-coated, savory, kettle corn or plain fresh popcorn. 43 Perry Street