Cape May named as among East Coast’s best beaches

Cape May. (By Smallbones - Own work

Cape May. (By Smallbones - Own work

Cape May offers one of the top 10 beaches along the East Coast, according to the Travel Channel.

The historic community, well known for its 19th century Late Victorian style homes and bed and breakfast establishments, joins communities in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The outlet describes Cape May as the “crown jewel” of the Jersey Shore that’s “one of few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water.”

The New Jersey town joins popular destinations like Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis, and Provincetown in Massachusetts and the Hamptons in New York.

Cape May is no stranger to accolades. In 2015, Oyster.com, a hotel rating company, named the Victorian community as among the country’s “most adorable” beaches towns.

John Cooke, the manager of Cape May’s Victorian Motel and a radio talk show host and blogger, says the praises don’t surprise him.

“People who visit and love Cape May as well as those who live here generally love the Cape May experience,” he said.

In 2017 the community was named as among country’s “happiest” seaside towns by Coastal Living magazine and “most festive” holiday towns by CarRentals.com.

Related: At night, Cape May illustrates why it’s among 25 ‘most festive towns’ in U.S.

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