Photo courtesy Fusion Ecology Lab
Sunset Beach (@ 502 Sunset Blvd) is known for it's spectacular over the water sunsets --- a rarity on the east coast.
It's one of Cape May's most visited spots at Sunset during the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For visitors who prefer to come after Labor Day when the crowds subside and the weather is still warm, you can see the Autumn Clematis vines with white flowers in bloom along Sunset Boulevard on the way to Sunset Beach.
Photo courtesy Sunset Gift Gift Shop
Experience Sunset On The Beach - Flag Lowering Ceremony
Come early, bring the kids and spread out a blanket on the beach as you prepare for a spectacular over the water sunset and the Evening Flag Ceremony, held every night at sunset between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The lowering of the American flag at sunset is a 40 + year tradition . All of the flags that are flown at the flag ceremony are veterans' casket flags that families bring with them from their loved one's funeral. The ceremony includes the Pledge of Allegiance, the "Star Spangled Banner" and a recording of Kate Smith's "God Bless America."
For information about being a participant in the ceremony, contact @ 1-800-757-6468
The parking lot near the flag ceremony has two handicap accessible spots. Get their at least 45 minutes before sunset to secure one of the spots
The Cape May "Diamonds"
While taking a leisurely stroll stroll along the beach, beachcombers can also seek out the Cape May “diamond,” small pieces of quartz crystal found in the the sand that can be polished and cut with a similar look to the real diamond.
The SS Atlantus Concrete Ship
The SS Atlantus was built and launched 1918, just after World War I had ended, as a trans-Atlantic steamer to return troops from Europe to home. After being decommissioned in 1926, she was purchased, along with two other ships to create a ferry dock for ferries from Cape May to Delaware. The plans were later shelved as she ran aground in a storm along Sunset Beach and could not be freed.
Surf casters off Sunset Beach can find calm waves and a good spot to catch bluefish, weakfish, striped bass, flounder, and tautog.