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Cape May’s Sunset Beach provides the perfect seaside getaway with plenty of entertainment for the whole family.


Sunset Beach in Cape May is completely unlike any other Jersey beach.

As the name implies, Sunset Beach is famous for its spectacular sunsets; however, this is certainly not the only reason beachgoers find themselves traveling to this spot every year.

One of Sunset Beach’s most fascinating attractions is situated a small distance from the shore, peeking out from above the waves. The remaining wreckage of the S.S. Atlantus, frequently referred to as “The Concrete Ship,” has made Sunset Beach its home since the 1920s and has become a permanent offshore fixture.

Walking along the beach, kids can hunt for smooth crystal pebbles known as “Cape May diamonds” while watching families of dolphins leap into the summer sky.

Visitors can also explore a nearby gift shop, grab a bite at a small eatery, or play a round of miniature golf.

Sunset Beach Mini Golf offers breathtaking views of the Delaware Bay from all 18 holes, 9 of which are wheelchair-accessible.

Hours, Prices and Directions

The best time to visit Sunset Beach is, of course, around sunset. Each day, the beach holds a flag ceremony in memory of a deceased veteran. As the sun begins to descend, Taps is played and the flag is lowered in a uniquely stirring display.

While Sunset Beach is always open year-round, its gift shop, mini golf and eatery are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until dusk. Located at the end of Sunset Blvd., this seaside getaway offers free parking and no entrance fee.

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