Cape May County Beaches - A Visitors Guide

2017 Beach Fees, Facilities, Boardwalks, and More.

Cape May County beaches

The Cape May County beaches in the southern end of the Jersey shore are known for their wide, fine, powdery sand, and are considered to be among the best beaches on the Atlantic coast.

Information about beach badges, parking, boardwalks and other amenities, updated for 2017 except where otherwise noted



Most New Jersey beaches charge a fee in the form of a beach badge for access to the beach. This is considered a practical way for Jersey shore towns to cover the cost of maintaining a clean and safe beach. The expense is shared by both visitors and residents.

All Cape May County beaches are administered by the local City or town.

Cape May County Beaches with
Large Commercial Boardwalks

Ocean City
Wildwoods

Cape May County Beaches with
Small, Less Commercial Boardwalks

Avalon
Cape May

Sea Isle City

Cape May County Beaches

Avalon
(609) 967-5530
2017 Beach access fees:
$6.00 Daily (tag is also accepted in Stone Harbor); $12.00 weekly; $28.00 Season; 11 and under free,
Active duty military members and their immediately families also may enjoy the beaches without a beach tag.

Public rest rooms available at 30th Ave. and 1st Ave.

Free parking lots available at most beaches.

Surfing Beaches at 30th St & between 10th & 11th Streets.

Bicycles are permitted on the boardwalk between 5am and 10am.

Tennis courts are located on 8th Street and 39th Street.

There are Bay front fishing piers at 8th, 23rd, 24th, 33rd, 37th 53rd & 57th Streets.

Dogs are not permitted on the beach, boardwalk, or dunes anytime between March 1st and September 30th.


Cape May
609-884-9525
2017 Beach access fees:
$6.00 Daily; $12.00 for 3-consecutive days; $18.00 weekly; $28.00 Season.
Children 11 and under & Active Military & Veterans are free.

Cape May has four public restrooms along Beach Ave. and four in the mall area. There aren't any public lockers or showers in Cape May.

Metered parking available along streets. There is free parking along the street north of the Peter Shields Inn.
Bicycles are permitted on the Boardwalk between 4am and 10am.

The beach north of The Peter Shields Inn is less crowded.

By city ordinance, fires are not permitted on Cape May City Beaches, nor may any portable device be used for cooking. By state law, fires are not permitted on Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.

Restrictions in place against being on any beach or waters between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 am. daily.

Accessories, such as chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, sundries, and snacks/non-alcoholic beverages are available from licensed vendors stationed on most beaches.


Cape May Point
609-884-8468
The Municipal Boundaries for Cape May Point Beaches are from the State Park (Lighthouse Avenue) up to and including the Alexander Avenue Jetty…these areas require Cape May Point Beach Tags. Cape May Point Beach Tags are are not accepted on other area beaches.
2017 Beach access fees:

$10.00 Daily; $25.00 weekly; $35.00 Season. 11 and under free

Non-metered street parking is available.

Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches after 5pm.

Smoking on the beach is not permitted. Fines for breaking the ban during the day range from $100 to $2,000.

The borough's two beaches, Cape May Point Borough Beach and Sunset Beach, are usually not crowded.





Ocean City
609-399-6111
2017 Beach access fees:
$5.00 daily; $10.00 weekly; $25.00 season, 12 and under free
Free tags are offered to veterans (the veteran only) and to active military members (including spouse and dependent children over the age of 12). Proper military or veteran ID must be presented to receive a tag.

Ocean City has restrooms at 13th & Boardwalk

There are free parking lots at 5th and Asbury Ave. and 9th and New Haven Ave. All other parking is metered lots or pay as you enter.

Surf Fishing is permitted anytime on unguarded beaches and on guarded beaches before and after lifeguards are on duty. Surf Fishing is also permitted anytime in Corson's Inlet State Park on the island's southern tip.

Bicycles are permitted on the Boardwalk between 6am and Noon.
There is a public boat ramp at Tennessee Avenue.
There are public tennis courts at 6th Street
Surfing is permitted at the Seventh Street Beach.
Fishing Piers are located between 14th and 15th Street.


Sea Isle City
609-263-1771
The Beach Tag Office is located inside the Welcome Center and is open from April through Labor Day.

2017 Beach access fees:
Beach Tags are required for all beaches from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, 9am to 5pm.
Tags are required for everyone 12 years and older and can be purchased on the beach.
Daily - $5 • Weekly (Sat.-Sat.) - $10 Season - $20 if purchased by May 15, then $25 Beach tags are non-refundable.
Wednesdays are free beach days, except on July 4.

Rest rooms and showers at: 32nd, 40th, 44th, & 85th
Kayaking Beaches with rentals: 30th, 35th, 56th, 79th.
Surfing Beaches: 26th, 37th, 42nd, 48th, 53rd, 63rd, 74th, & 82nd
Beach Concessions: 38th, 42nd, & 56th.
Beach chair rentals at 44th St Beach Patrol Headquarter


Stone Harbor
609-368-6805
2017 Beach access fees:
$6.00 Daily (tag is also accepted in Stone Harbor); $12.00 weekly; $28.00 Season; 11 and under free, Active duty military members and their immediately families also may enjoy the beaches without a beach tag.

Parking at 97th St lot is free, Metered parking and free parking along side streets. 97th where lifeguard tower is.
One of the best beaches on the Jersey Shore. It's a sparsely crowded beach-with powdery soft white sand, scenic sandbars, and without a commercialized boardwalk .

Surfing Beaches are located at 81st Street & 110th Street.
Surf Fishing is at discretion of lifeguard captain - daily basis.
Tennis courts are located at 97th Street and 82nd Street.
Fishing Piers are located at 83rd and Bay.

There is a public boat ramp at the 80th Street Marina.
Stone Harbor prohibits: Picnics, Alcoholic Beverages, Fires, Glass Bottles, Sleeping from sunset to sunrise.

Sailcrafts must be licensed and beached at designated areas only. Vehicles are permitted on the beach by permit only from October 1 through March 31st. For information regarding permits, call 368-5102. Permits are issued the day after Labor Day until March the following year.


Strathmere
609-263-1151
Located on narrow piece of beach and bayfront land between Ocean City and Sea isle City.
Free Beach
Public Restrooms are provided at Williams Avenue and Winthrop Avenue
On-street free parking on most streets
Surfing is permitted in designated areas (check with lifeguard on duty)
Fishing is permitted in designated areas
Kayaking and Windsurfing are permitted in designated areas (check with lifeguard on duty)
Handicap Access is provided at Williams Avenue


Wildwoods (includes North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest)
800-WW-BY-SEA
Wildwood beaches are Free

Very wide, fine powdery, sand beaches, especially in the Wildwood Crest area.

Metered street parking. and fee lots are available. Parking at 116 East Poplar Avenue, Wildwood Nomad Parking, 4320 Boardwalk, Wildwood

Public Bath Houses for changing and showers are available at: 116 East Poplar Ave. and 4320 Boardwalk There are no showers or changing rooms in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

Bicycles and Roller Blades are permitted on the Boardwalk between dawn and 11am.
Surfing is at the discretion of the Beach Patrol.
Surf Fishing is permitted on all beaches from October through May. Check with the Beach Patrol during the summer months. Tennis courts are located at Fox Park— 4500 Atlantic Avenue.
Food is permitted on each of the Wildwoods beaches.
North Wildwood Beach is regarded as being one of the best sports beaches in the Northeast with two volley ball nets at 18th & 7th streets.


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