The beaches are clean and...
The beaches are clean and beautiful in Cape May. In the fall and winter when the Nor'Easters ravish the coast and make surfing difficult or impossible up North, Cape May's SouthWest facing beaches have perfect offshore waves for us diehards to enjoy! THis was a nice beach day but the waves were flat.
Take the Ferry to Delaware
If you are staying in Cape May for more than just a couple of days, you might want to venture a little further afield by taking "Cape May - Lewes Ferry" to historic Lewes, Delaware. From there you can arrange a tour to Lewes or as many people do, go on to Rehoboth Beach or the Tanger Outlet Shops Center. Rehoboth Beach is a favorite among many New Jerseyans because it is a little less crowded and beach houses are available for rent. The Tanger Outlet provides great shopping at stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, Mikasa, Etienne Aigner, Chico's, Nine West, Liz Claiborne, etc.
The ferry accommodates the passenger's car, or you can purchase a "foot passenger" ticket which includes shuttle service from downtown Cape May and two continuously looping shuttles at the other end from the Delaware ferry terminal to Lewes; another shuttle goes to the Tanger Outlets with a connection to Rehoboth Beach and to the ferry terminal. Shuttle service is somewhat curtailed in the Fall.
Rates for a passenger car and driver one way runs $25 IN HIGH SEASON; additional adult passengers are $8; children 7 - 13 are $4; children 6 and under are free. Foot passengers are $18 roundtrip. Better fares are often available so check the website for current and special rates!! Reservations are reccommended during the Summer season as this ferry is very popular and has many amenities making it a treat in itself.
Gecko's : Great Southwest Food at the Beach
Gecko's is a BYOB and an outdoor dining establishment. I dined there with three other people, which made for tight quarters at our table for four once the food started to arrive, but we were fortunately by a railing that allowed us to move things we didn't need (condiments, candles, empty glasses) and make room.
My dining companions ordered the chips and salsa, while I ordered the Navajo Fry Bread. The salsa was very fresh (as were the chips). The Navajo Fry Bread was very unique - the best way I can describe it would be as an unsweetened funnel cake. It kind of looked like a big unfilled danish, but was topped with some sort of black bean concoction on top. It was delicious.
For my entree I ordered the Chiles Rellenos Camerones. I love chiles rellenos at almost every Mexican restaurant I go to; the addition of shrimp to a dish with cheese is a little weird to me, but there weren't too many of them in there. This dish is made with poblano peppers, which usually aren't very hot, so they must have added additional spices, because this dish is super spicy. I found myself stealing sour cream and fajita bread from my dining companions to kill the heat - the reason I kept doing this was because, despite the heat, the dish was quite good. Two of my dining companions had the steak fajitas - I never tasted them, but they didn't leave any behind.
For dessert I had the Key Lime Taco. The "taco shell" was a cookie, much like a pizzelle without the markings, molded into a taco shell shape. The cookie was then filled with a Key Lime mousse and topped with a touch of whipped cream. If you like Key Lime Pie, you'll love this dish. To choose a favorite, it is a toss between the Navajo Fry Bread and the Key Lime Taco. I usually lean towards the sweet stuff, but I think I would have to choose the bread. It was a unique dish and very satisfying. If I hadn't shared it with my table, I would have been satisfied to have had that as my entree.
Everybody tries it once....
I admit that dinner here was good, but nothing too spectacular. This place actually burned down just last year (late 2005) and they are rebuilding. You definately need a reservation, even though the place is huge because people come from neighboring beach communities. The wine list is a bit expensive for what they offer. The hype of the restaurant doesn't add up to the costs, but its something everyone should do once if they are visiting the southern New Jersey Beaches. I can't say any dish is out of the ordinary...but all the seafood is good. Go here and order your favorite, you probably won't be disappointed. They do have a market on premise also...but as I live three hours away, i've never transported fish from there.
Try Another Italian in Cape May
It was a warm evening and we were intent on finding a decent restaurant as quickly as possible. The front desk staff at Congress Hall directed us to A Ca Mia. Happily a few tables were available in their back dining room, so we were very pleased to take our seats without a wait. Once we got to our table things slowed a bit as we waited for our order to come, but it wasn't too bad.
I had been dreaming of a juicy steak, so I ordered the Filet Mignon ($34.95). It was pricey, but delectable. It was topped with bleu cheese and accompanied by mashed potatoes and asparagus. Each part of the meal was tender and full of flavor! Before our entrees were served, a tuna pate with warm, baked bread was placed on our table. It was delicious! My husband ordered a Ravioli Sampler ($18.95) and our grandson decided to try the Penne Pasta with Marinara sauce ($9--this included a beverage and canneloni for dessert).
Although we were comfortably full at the conclusion of our meal, we shared a dessert of canneloni stuffed with ricotta cheese, chocolate chips and drizzled with raspberry sauce. ($6.95) Ummm--absolutely wonderful! Each of our entrees were delicious.