Welcome to Downtown Cape May, NJ

The country's oldest seaside resort

"The country's oldest seaside resort"

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A little about Cape May

With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top birdwatching location, and many examples of Victorian architecture, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May was recognized as one of America's top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel. Come and stroll our streets and enjoy the seaside attractions, shop and eat in our bistros and restaurants.

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The history of Cape May

The town is named for 1620 Dutch captain named Cornelius Jacobsen Mey who explored and charted the area between 1611–1614, and established a claim for the province of New Netherland. It was later settled by New Englanders from the New Haven Colony. What is now Cape May was originally formed as the borough of Cape Island by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1848, from portions of Lower Township. It was reincorporated as Cape Island city on March 10, 1851, and finally became Cape May city as of March 9, 1869. Cape May began hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid 18th century and is recognized as the country's oldest seaside resort.[20] It became increasingly popular in the 18th century and was considered one of the finest resorts in America by the 19th century. In 1878 a five-day-long fire destroyed square blocks of the town center and as part of the reconstruction efforts replacement homes were almost uniformly of Victorian style.

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Businesses in Cape May, New Jersey

Here is a collection of downtown Cape May, New Jersey businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Gallery D'May


Fine art gallery


Patricia Rainey Studios


The quaintness and character of the rural settings


SOMA NewArt Gallery


Metropolitan style gallery dedicated to showing exciting artists


Washington Street Gallery


Showing the work of regional artists


Inn of Cape May


Let our Victorian Inn take you back to a simpler time


King's Cottage




The Dormer House


We offer 12 rooms & suites and an attached cottage


The John Wesley Inn & Carriage House


Memories from another time, comfort for today


The Mainstay Inn


Twelve spacious guestrooms furnished with splendid antiques


The Queen Victoria B&B


Painstakingly restored Victorian era buildings


The Southern Mansion


The largest and most opulent Cape May bed and breakfast


Wilbraham Mansion Bed and Breakfast


Experience the luxury of the gilded age


Jessie Creek Winery

Museums / Attractions

Jessie Creek is harvested and processed on site by hand


Willow Creek Winery

Museums / Attractions

Vineyard Tours, Wine Tastings, Bottle Purchases


410 Bank Street


ZAGAT named 410 one the top ten restaurants in New Jersey


Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill


Featuring delicious food, awesome live entertainment


Dellas 5 & 10 Soda Fountain


Old Fashioned Soda Fountain, General Store


Lucky Bones Backwater Grille


Well made, well done, well served and offering gluten free


Magnolia Room


Nationally acclaimed, you'll see why


Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant


Zagat rated romantic, superbly prepared American fare.


Seaside Cheese


200 imported and domestic cheeses


Union Park Dining Room


Zagat rated us excellent


Washington Inn


Always Classically Cool




Offering a wide array of Japanese dishes


Shields Bike Rentals


Free delivery


A Place on Earth


Our soaps are hand-stirred and made the traditional way


Across the Way


We specialize in unique gifts and items for the home


Antique Doorknob


Original restored building artifacts


Artisans Alcove Estate Jewelers


Where the Past Meets the Present


Cape May Cigars and Wine


Cape May's source for fine wine and cigars


Cape May Olive Oil Co.


Providing the finest quality food products


Good Scents


Scents from across the world


Original Fudge Kitchen


Old tyme confection shop


Pete Smith's Surf Shop


We carry everything you'll need to relax at the beach




Where designer jewelry and art meet the beach


Whale's Tale


Creative, carefully chosen gift items