Visitor FAQs

Let's get the biggest question out of the way first: YES, Cape May is a year-round destination! We're always open. Here are more of the most common questions we receive from people planning a visit to our area.

  • Where can I park in Cape May?

    During the summer, finding parking places in Cape May can be exasperating. The center of town collects much of the traffic and has limited free parking spaces. Most spaces are metered. The good news is that no matter where you park in Cape May, you're probably no more than a 20-minute walk to the center of town.

    Please see Parking & Getting Around for parking information.

  • What's the best way to get around town?

    The best way to see Cape May is to walk through town. Cape May is a small island with so much to see that walking is the best way to explore.

    Biking in Cape May is a favorite pastime among visitors and locals, and one of the easiest ways to get around town. Local bike rental companies offer daily or weekly rental periods and can even deliver the bikes to your hotel or B&B.

    Please see Getting Around Cape May for more information.

  • How far is the mall from the beach?

    It's about 0.2 miles from the Washington Street Mall to the beach, or about a five-minute walk.

  • What are the store hours on the Washington Street Mall?

    The shops along the Washington Street Mall are independently owned and operated, so they open and close at their discretion. From mid-June to Labor Day, most stores are open from 10am–10pm daily. After Labor Day to late October, most are open from 10am–5pm, with longer hours on Friday and Saturday. Some stores are seasonal and close for the winter or are open only on weekends.

    We recommend checking a particular shop's social media for up-to-date hours.

  • Where is the nearest grocery store?

    Acme Markets, at Lafayette and Ocean Street, is open year-round. There is a full-size Acme with a liquor store in North Cape May; and Walmart, ShopRite, and Aldi in Rio Grande off GSP Exit 4.

    The nearest Sam's Club is in Pleasantville, outside Atlantic City, roughly 45 minutes away. The nearest Costco is located in Stafford Township, about an hour and a half drive, north of Atlantic City. Trader Joe's has locations in Marlton and Cherry Hill. We'd recommend scheduling these stops into your trip down.

  • Where is the nearest hospital or urgent care?

    For medical emergencies, always dial 9-1-1.

    Cape Regional Medical Center
    (Hospital and emergency room - 15-minute drive from Cape May)
    Stone Harbor Blvd and US Hwy No 9
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
    Phone: 609-463-2000

    Cape Urgent Care
    (walk-in medical care – 5-minute drive from Cape May)
    900 Route 109, Cape May
    Phone: 609-884-4357

    No appointments necessary at Urgent Care. X-ray and lab testing is available. Urgent Care is for medical conditions that are non-life threatening. If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 911. If you are in labor, go to the hospital

  • What are the local utility companies?

    The local power company is Atlantic City Electric. Their general line is 1-800-642-3780

    To report a power outage, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.

    Internet and cable are provided by Comcast and Verizon.

    Recycling is handled by the Cape May County MUA.

  • Do all Cape May businesses accept credit cards?

    While the majority of Cape May businesses accept credit cards, a few are cash only. We recommend double checking websites to confirm accepted payment types.

  • Does Cape May have public restrooms? (Yes, scroll down!)

    Yes! We moved our bathroom information further down this page so it has more breathing room.

Public Restrooms

Cape May offers multiple public restrooms near the Washington Street Mall and Washington Commons, as well as along the beach and promenade. The heated and air-conditioned buildings have running water, soap, and electric hand dryers.

Washington Commons restroom

Mall locations

These restrooms are open year-round.

  • Washington Commons along Ocean Street, near the Washington Street intersection where the horse carriages line up. It's in front of the large parking lot where ACME grocery store is located.
  • Decatur Street and Lyle Lane, adjacent to Rotary Park and across from the bandstand, just off of the mall.

a bathroom along the Cape May promenade

Beachfront locations

Open from 7am to 10pm. In season, they open a little earlier, approximately 6:30am. Except where indicated, these restrooms are seasonal and close at end of October/beginning of November.

  • Beach and Second (year-round facility)
  • Beach and Broadway
  • Beach and Grant
  • Beach and Gurney
  • Convention Hall (year-round facility)
  • Beach and Philadelphia (year-round facility)
  • Beach and Trenton
  • Beach and Wilmington

Beach Showers

vertical blue shower at the beach entrance

Cape May doesn't offer public locker rooms or shower facilities/changing rooms, but there are open showers located along the beachfront that allow you to wash away sand.

Sometimes people wonder if there might be a low-cost motel near the beach where they can rent a room for a few hours. Unfortunately, even the most affordable motels on the island have minimum-night requirements during the summer, so this would end up being a very costly solution.

What about day trippers?

If you live nearby and plan to spend the day on the beach, then head right to dinner, you won't be able to take a full shower and change without nearby accommodations. We'd recommend removing as much sand as possible with the outdoor showers, throwing on a cute cover up, and enjoying your evening regardless!

Do you have a question about Cape May?

If you can't find what you need to plan your trip to Cape May, please get in touch! We might be able to help.

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Cape May Seasonal Information

Cape May is a year-round destination, but every season is different. Here, find things to do in any season, as well as average air and water temperatures.

Spring in Cape May

Event Highlights

  • Exit Zero Jazz Festival
  • NJ Audubon’s Cape May Spring Festival
  • Easter Fashion Stroll
  • West Cape May Strawberry Festival
  • Cape May Restaurant Week
  • Cape May Music Festival
  • World Series of Birding
  • Spring Sidewalk Sale on the Washington Street Mall

Shop & Restaurant Hours

Shops and stores that close for the winter open their doors on weekends and some full-time.

Weather & Water

The average monthly temperatures in the spring are 60ºF in April, and in May it gets to be as warm as 69ºF. We all can't wait for June when it is finally warm enough for the beach! June's average temperature is 78ºF. Average water temperatures are 48-68ºF.

Summer in Cape May

Event Highlights

  • Free concerts at Rotary Park
  • Cape May Baby Parade
  • Independence Day Parade
  • The MidAtlantic Tournament
  • West Cape May Tomato Festival

Shop & Restaurant Hours

Shops and stores open early and close late.

Weather & Water

The average temperatures in the summer are 78ºF in June, 84ºF in July, 83ºF in August and 77ºF in September. Average water temperatures are 71-73ºF.

Autumn in Cape May

Event Highlights

  • NJ Audubon’s Cape May Fall Festival
  • Harvest Brew Fest
  • Cape May Restaurant Weekend
  • Fall Sidewalk Sale on the Washington Street Mall
  • Jackson Street Oktoberfest
  • West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
  • Scarecrow Alley at the Emlen Physick Estate
  • Cape May Halloween Parade

Shop & Restaurant Hours

Most businesses are open throughout the fall, though some may have reduced hours mid-week.

Weather & Water

Fall is a beautiful time of the year to be in Cape May! The average monthly temperatures during the fall are 77ºF in September, 66ºF in October and 56ºF in November. Average water temperatures are 73-60ºF

Winter in Cape May

Event Highlights

  • West Cape May Community Christmas Parade
  • Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
  • Christmas Candlelight House Tours
  • Hospitality Night on the Washington Street Mall
  • Holiday Lights Trolley Rides
  • Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show
  • Various tree lighting ceremonies

Shop & Restaurant Hours

Most shops and restaurants are fully open leading up to Christmas. After New Year's, several may close for a few weeks or go weekends-only until Spring, but there are year-round shops and restaurants in Cape May.

Weather & Water

We don’t get much snow here, but it’s not impossible for us to have a few significant snowfalls each season. With the wet air off of the ocean, winter can be biting even when temperatures are above freezing, so layer up.

The average monthly temperatures in the winter are 42ºF - 47ºF during December, January and February. March climbs up to about 51ºF. Average water temperatures are 42-37ºF.