One of the country’s most iconic beach spots, Cape May is a shopper’s paradise. The name comes from the Dutch for “Mighty Beaches.” Cape May is a boardwalk at the mouth of the Delaware River, right on the ocean, overlooked by a towering cliff with fabulous views of both the water and Atlantic Ocean. Four miles of boardwalk, interrupted by a beautiful beach, stretches south and east of the downtown area. boardwalks have been existing in some form since the Dutch colonization in the 1600s, and currently the area has more than 17 miles of boardwalk, a numerous shopping center, hotels and attractions.
Cape May is sometimes known as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” a claim that may or may not be true. Since the Dutch were first heard of Cape May in the 1600, opportunities to explore the area were abound. True adventure awaited the willing whitewater rafting enthusiasts and keen scuba divers around the globe.
It wasn’t until the 1960s, when a TV production company successfully applied for a permit to film a movie on the waterfront, that the area came to be better known as Cape May. The relatively short West Coast Highway, which runs from adjacent Cape Cod to Sheboygan, also begins its life in West Cape May. Though much of the action on the Cape’s waterfront is seasonal, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Cape’s outstanding natural beauty or to plunge in to its waters.
Cape May is home to a wide variety of hotels, resorts and other lodging accommodations. Tourists typically spring for the historic Niantic Indians’ washed matted nutmeg fields, located about two miles up the shore on the Cape’s north shore. The open forest provides an abundance of diversity in wildlife, and in the summer, visits are best done around sunset and sunrise. Handfeed wild blue heron, herons, egrets and egrets while you enjoy a picnic on the beach. You can also take a horse-drawn wagon R&B tour to visit the feeding areas. A biking and hiking tour will follow the Cape’s shoreline as well.
Although Cape May is a year-round destination, the Gold Coast is especially well for summertime action. On the Atlantic side, the highlight is the 30-mile stretch of the Wild Atlantic Coast boardwalk (junction of Rt. 6 and Rt. 7, close to the entrance to the Cape May Canal System) and listening to the crash of the wild brown pelican, followed by the acrobatic flight of the shearwaters and the weaving of colorful strips of brightly colored herons among the green seaweed. Right along the shoreline are spectacular sandstone cliffs, the shearwaters and spoonbills, as well as the towering Weeks Falls.
On the Pacific side, a huge cave of stalactites and stalagmites has been carved by centuries of ocean erosion, and with the trapped air within this natural wonder, visitors can actually breathe an air-conditioned tunnel through the centuries. Right on the shores of the cave, encourage visitors to feed the soft fish, squid, and shrimp galleries that are so fresh and tasty.
A truly delightful activity takes place in the scores of cabins and chalets scattered along the shore. These accommodations are made of stone in places, so guests can imagine for themselves what conditions were like on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. One of the great things about Cabo is that it’s a tiny city, yet it has the oh-so-comfortable feeling of a small resort.
Part of the excitement of exploring Cabo is to know that as soon as you arrive, your private sanctuary will be under the care of The Priory Cabo. This breathtaking resort has a village atmosphere, yet all the luxury of a five-star hotel.
There are actually two resorts on a Jungle cottage. The larger one, The Lodge, is actually a former candy- factories turned resort. It sits on 2.5 acres of jungle, and provides the best of both worlds- rooms and suites, rainforest tours, and exotic tropical meals. It’s just a short trek from the airport.
The smaller, yet equally charming, unit is The Tiki Room. It combines just as many of the luxuries of a jungle lodge, with a majestic tropical waterfall and two pools- one naturally- and one containing a kid’s pool and toys.
Hopefully, these units will get you started on your attempts to explore Cabo. Good luck, and happy hunting!