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The best way to see Cape May is to walk through town. But before you can hit the streets, you need to get out of your car. This page contains information on parking in Cape May, including parking meters and accessible parking.
During the summer, finding parking places in Cape May can be a challenge. There's heavy traffic in the center of town and limited spaces available. The majority of parking spaces in this area are metered. The good news is that no matter where you park in Cape May, you're probably not more than a 20-minute walk to the center of town.
Meters in the Washington Street Mall area, on Carpenters Lane, Lyle Lane, and Mansion Street are in effect from April 1st–December 31st from 10am to 10pm. Parking in this area is restricted to three hours.
For all other streets (including the beachfront), parking meters are in effect every day from May 1–October 31 from 10am to 10pm.
Parking runs between $1–2 per hour depending on location. Please refer to the posted signs. The City provides a five-minute grace period on meters before they issue tickets.
During the summer months, free parking is offered in the Cape May Elementary School lot on Lafayette Street. Overnight parking is not available. When school is in session, free parking is available Saturday and Sunday only.
There are free parking spaces on many side streets throughout town. These typically fill up early in the morning, but if you don't mind driving around, you can find occasional spaces open during the day.
All parking is free in West Cape May. If you don't mind a short walk, you can park on any of the shady side streets and save some money.
In the evenings, several businesses offer parking spaces for a flat fee (usually between $7 and $10). While this isn't necessarily more economical, it's convenient.
Look for flat-rate parking on Decatur and Bank Streets.
Parking is available at Washington Commons (where Acme grocery store is located) for an hourly rate. The first 30 minutes are free, so this is a great option if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store.
The Washington Commons lot closes at 11pm and is not intended for overnight parking. During the winter months, this parking lot does not charge.
Parking in the Bank Street Lot is by permit only in-season (dates are posted on the sign). Don't risk it without a pass. You'll get a ticket.
Due to the historic nature of the town, not all Cape May accommodations are able to offer on-site parking (cars weren't around when some of them were built). Always ask your accommodation about parking. Many have parking permits for lots around Cape May or they may offer valet parking.
In some cases, you're on your own and must find parking for the duration of your stay. In this case, we recommend finding a free spot early in the morning, parking your car, and only moving it if absolutely necessary.
Parking in West Cape May is a great option if you don't mind a short walk!
Some shops offer free on-site parking for customers. These spots may have time limits. Please check with each store's website or social media in advance to find out about any limitations.
There are accessible parking spaces available throughout Cape May. The use of these spaces is restricted to persons with a disability who properly display a wheelchair symbol license plate, disability placard, or parking permit issued by the State of New Jersey, any other state/district/territory of the United States, or Canada. The person must be the driver OR passenger of the vehicle. [NJ.S.A. 39:4 205]
In Cape May City, persons with a disability with proper signage on their vehicles are excempt from parking meter fees. Here's the information straight out of the city code:
Cape May City Code
Chapter 7 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
7-51.6 Exemptions from parking meter fees.
Handicapped persons shall mean a person as defined in N.J.S.A. 39:4-204. Handicapped persons properly displaying a special license plate or placard or parking permit issued by the State of New Jersey under N.J.S.A. 39:4-205 or any other state, district or territory of the United States, or by Canada in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.5 shall not be required to pay parking meter fees.
A. Display of placard or wheelchair symbol license plate. The windshield placard must be clearly visible through the front windshield of the vehicle. The wheelchair symbol license plate must be attached to the rear and front (rear only for states or districts which only issue one (1) license plate) of the vehicle for which the same are issued in a manner that they can be clearly and plainly seen.
B. Limits of applicability. Exemption from parking meter fees shall only apply to a vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate when the handicapped perosn to whom the same is issued is the driver or passenger.
C. Time Limit. Any vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate may only remain parked in one (1) location for up to twenty-four (24) hours. Any vehicle remaining in one (1) location in excess of twenty-four (24) hours is subject to penalties.
You can't leave the car at the meter for your whole vacation. Any vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate may only remain parked in one location for up to 24 hours. Any vehicle remaining in one location in excess of 24 hours is subject to penalties (N.1.S.A. 39:4-207.5).
Parking in accessible spaces without special vehicle identification is prohibited by the state. You will be fined.
Biking in Cape May is a favorite pasttime among visitors and locals, and one of the easiest ways to get around town. Local bike rental companies that offer daily or weekly rental periods and can even deliver the bikes to your hotel or B&B.
There are several taxi companies in Cape May available by reservation. We recommend asking your accommodation for a taxi company that serves their location.
Here is Cape May City's policy on parking an RV in Cape May:
If you plan to be in Cape May for the weekend with your camper or RV, we recommend reserving a space at a local campground.
Wondering where you can park a charter bus?
See our Group Tours page.
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