Car-less in Cape May: A New York getaway guide
in New York City and only have faint memories of owning a car.
Let me give you a few tips for having a perfectly wonderful car-less getaway.
Getting to Cape May without a car
Catch the New York to Atlantic City express bus at the Port Authority. It's a New Jersey Transit bus. Then switch to the Atlantic City to Cape May bus.
The bus will let you off right in the center of Cape May, at the Transportation Center. From there you can walk to dozens of bed and breakfast inns, guest houses, hotels and motels.
Seeing Cape May without a car
Once you settle in, you can walk to almost all of Cape May's restaurants for dinner. Try to make reservations for at least the first night's dinner ahead of time, preferably before you leave NYC. If you're coming on a weekend, definitely lock in those reservations now.
The next day, you can walk to the beach from just about any inn or motel or guest house.
Iif you want to do a little sightseeing, hop on one of the trolley tours that take you all around the historic district. You can also take a trolley tour to the Emlen Physick estate for a tour and afternoon tea.
Or maybe you want to see the Cape May Point Lighthouse. There are Cape Area Transit shuttle buses that will take you there for a buck. It's a 5 minute ride. The buses leave from well marked spots throughout Cape May on a regular basis.
Ferry to Delaware
If you want to do a day trip to Delaware, take a shuttle bus at the transportation center to the Cape May Lewes ferry. Buy a walk on ticket and enjoy the hour long ride across the Delaware Bay. In Delaware, shuttle buses take you back and forth to the Rehoboth outlets and to historic Lewes.
Rent a bike
You can also rent a bike and bike all over the island. (Cape May is on Cape Island.)
That's the thing to do if you want to do a little birding or exploring at Higbee Beach or Cape May Point. Cape Island's nice and flat...very easy biking.
When you're car-less in Cape May, you don't have to worry about where to park, or feeding meters, or traffic.
When it's time to leave, just climb back on board that New Jersey Transit bus and take a nice snooze home.