Cape May, located at the very southern tip of New Jersey, is a Victorian resort town. It was the country’s first seaside resort, and much of the original flavor still exists in the properties and other sites within the city. Settled by whalers and fishermen in colonial times, the town suffered a devastating fire in 1878 and was rebuilt during the Victorian period. As a result, Cape May is known for its concentration of Victorian-era architecture. It was declared a national historic landmark in 1976.
A canal dug from a natural shallow creek runs from Cape May’s harbor to the Delaware Bay, making Cape May an island. Historically, it’s known as Cape Island.
The two primary industries within Cape May are tourism and fishing. Cape May is second to Atlantic City for tourism in the state of New Jersey. Being at the confluence of the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean allows Cape May full access to many types of fishing opportunities.
Cape May is also home to the Coast Guard Training Station.
There are a plethora of things to photograph in Cape May, New Jersey. It is a main New Jersey bird photography location, and it belongs to the dark sky photography location. It has a ton of charm with its Victorian houses, and even in the dead of winter, you can photograph the local square and come out with dynamic images. If you go during Christmas time, you will find Santa Claus hanging out in the town square. He is very photogenic. You can even get the ghost of Santa if you do some trick photography. You can also do some ghost hunting while you are there and even do some whale photography while taking a boat tour.