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I'am planning my summer holiday in the U.S. I live in Europe (Netherlands) with my wife and 15 year old son. Someony told us CapeMay is a nice place but we have never been there. My son is into wakeboarding and/or skimboarding. The last two years we have enrolled him in a summer daycamp which he liked. My wife and I like to hike (short distances) and love a good cup of coffee. Does anyone have any good suggestions for places to be (and not to be).
Cape May is a very nice place to be in the summer. One of my best friends lives there with her family, and they are all big surfers, so your son should be happy. Plenty of sailing, sea kayaking, swimming, etc. also, not to mention just parking yourself on the beach.
Cape May is not so great for hiking--it's very flat, and there are no major national or state parks right there. However, it is an extremely good place for bird watching if you are into that. The location, on the southern tip of NJ and poking out into the open ocean, means that it is a major stop on the bird highway up and down the coast.
You will definitely be able to get a good cup of coffee. There are quite a few very good restaurants in town--it gets a lot of tourism. The town of Cape May itself is very cute, tons of Victorian-era painted wood-frame houses with gingerbread detailing. It is not particularly cheap as NJ resort towns go, but coming from a euro environment you will have no problem.
If you stay in Cape May you can also take the ferry to Lewes, Delaware and walk to the state park on that side. So no need to take a car on the ferry. If you would like to fish you can go on a charter boat out in the Atlantic for the day. It's also not too far from Atlantic City if you are interested in casinos or outlet stores. If your son is interested in surfing there are places to do that along the Jersey shore.
We travel to Cape May several times a year--we live just two hours away. The beach is very nice--there are Dolphin and Whale cruises available,also. Cape May has street after street of beautiful Victorian homes--most are B&B's and are fairly pricey. You can take several tours of the town by Trolley, renting a surrey, carriage rides, etc.
The Emlen Physick Estate always seems to have special tours and events...sometimes with costumed guides. If you stop at the Visitor's Center, you'll receive a free booklet containing all the events upcoming. There are also telephones for free you can call various B&B's etc. to see if they have lodging at the center. We've done this and were able to stay just one night rather than the usual 2-3 night minimum. There are some hotels in the town that might be less--check the internet for Cape May.
There are some great restaurants there: The Mad Batter, Godmother's, The Washington Inn--very,very nice! There is a wonderful tea room at the Emlen Physick Estate located in the carriage barn--they serve two different types of luncheon teas. We love it here. Also, Althea's at the Inn at Cape May is great--you sit on a winding veranda overlooking the ocean enjoying a lunch or dinner. SO MUCH TO DO AND SEE HERE. Hope this helps. Veronica
PS--The Fudge Kitchen has the best fudge in the world. It's located at the Washington Mall--a pedestrian mall in the center of Cape May.