What once was a dry state prohibiting the sale of alcohol for over 70 years, West Cape May is a small town on Cape Island with a population of just over 1,000. With a long history of agricultural ties, West Cape May is the “Lima Bean Capital of the World”. The town was also the hardest hit in the state during Hurricane Sandy when it got 9.53 inches of rain. West Cape May is actually a borough in Cape May County, and the core of it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The borough is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, so why not walk around and find out why? Stroll through the town and check out the Victorian architecture along the town’s main roads and side streets, or drive to the original county courthouse. Then, head to Dennis Creek, where the cedar was mined and the shingles were made for the roof of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Finally, catch a glimpse of Whildin-Miller House, one of the oldest remaining houses in Cape Island. Although you can’t tour the inside, the outside is just as rich with architectural history.
The weather doesn’t always play nice during vacation, so if you find yourself with a rainy day, head to the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Here, you can sit inside the cockpit of an aircraft, climb a real traffic control tower, and explore the Coast Guard exhibit area. In addition, check out the Science of Flight interactive exhibit and try flying a place of your own (through a flight simulator, of course). This museum has a good balance of hands-on and visual exhibits, so you’d have plenty to see and do if you spent the day here.
If the weather does play nice, you’ll have a vast selection of activities to choose from in West Cape May. Go on the original whale and dolphin watching cruise line in New Jersey, the Cape May Whale Watcher, and try to sight some marine mammals. If you’re up for an adventure, take a ride in the sky and go parasailing with East Coast Parasail, a trusted company that has a 100% safety record. They also rent out jet skis and boats if you’re interested.
Wildwood is just a 25-minute drive from West Cape May, and it’s worth every minute of the drive. The Wildwood Boardwalk has entertained visitors for years with 38 blocks of shops, attraction, and much more. The Boardwalk has over 100 rides and attractions and 200+ places for food and drink. Stroll along the wooden path by foot, or rent a bike and ride all 38 blocks of the Boardwalk. When you’re ready to relax, head down to the water and claim a spot in the sand for a nap under the sun before you head back to West Cape May.
To get to West Cape May from out of the state, fly into Atlantic City International Airport. From there, rent a car and take the 1 hour and 20-minute drive to West Cape May. While in the Cape, you’ll be able to walk around, rent a bike and cruise around the town, or spend the day zipping around the water, getting where you want to go by boat.
Tripping.com offers over 200 vacation rentals in the Cape May area. You can find yourself a remodeled charming beach cottage with enough room for the whole family to join. For a more lavish vacation, stay in the Wilbraham Mansion which can be found on Tripping.com. This gorgeous B&B offers beautiful rooms, an indoor pool, and is just a 10-minute walk to the beach.
Looking for a vacation rental in West Cape May? Tripping.com has 348 vacation rental homes available in West Cape May. You'll find 0 studios, 63 1-bedroom, 78 2-bedroom and 207 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $49 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in West Cape May is $317 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a West Cape May home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 59 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in West Cape May. In addition to accommodating pets, West Cape May rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 316 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 330 have TV and/or cable and 77 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in West Cape May where the top providers in that area are TripAdvisor, HomeAway, and Booking.com. There are 256 TripAdvisor rentals, 74 HomeAway short term rentals and 13 Booking.com vacation rentals.