Cape May Beach Info
Beach Tags are Required on Cape May Beaches
2016 Beach Tag Rates:
To order Cape May beach tags: 609-884-9525
**Rates are per person. Under 12 free**
♦ Daily - $6.00
♦ 3-Day - $12.00
♦ Weekly (Sat - Sat) - $18.00
♦ Seasonal Tags Purchased From December 1 until March 31 - $20.00
♦ After April 1 - $28.00Beach tags are required to use Cape May's beaches between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., from Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September. Beach tags are required for all everyone over age 12.
From Memorial day to Labor Day beach tags can be purchased at any beach entrance, and at City Hall. Beach tags will be available for purchase, in person, at the City Hall Tax Office, located at 643 Washington Street, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, excluding Holidays. A maximum of five (5) seasonal tags, per season, per individual, can be purchased.
The City offers free Veteran and Active Military seasonal beach tags with proper identification. Must be picked up in peson.
The City of Cape May prohibits the transferring of seasonal beach tags. This means that no one is allowed to give you a tag to use on a temporary basis, be it an individual or a commercial establishment. It is also illegal to "rent" or pay a deposit fee for the use of a seasonal tag. In the event you are offered and use a seasonal tag that you do not own, you could be subject to the confiscation of the tag and a fine.
Lifeguards protect swimmers and surfers from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM daily during the summer season.
Comfort stations are located along the promenade.
The beach patrol provides surf chairs free of charge to persons with mobility impairments. Surf chairs are to be signed out prior to 4:00 pm on the day of the request and are to be returned the same day. Chairs cannot be reserved in advance. Use of the surf chair is restricted to the promenade and beach front. Contact the City of Cape May at 609-884-9525.
Dogs are not allowed on Cape May City beaches during the summer months. They are allowed along the Delaware Bay year-round, and on Higbee Beach during certain parts of the year.
Bonfires & Cooking:
By city ordinance, fires are not permitted on Cape May City Beaches, nor may any portable device be used for cooking. By state law, fires are not permitted on Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.
Cape May does not provide public showers or changing rooms. There are showers along the beachfront that are for washing off sand.