Sunset Beach is named so because there are beautiful views of the sunset over open water.
In the background of this pic, rests the concrete ship, Atlantus. While being towed in 1926, it hit a sandbar and sunk. Here it still sits, hardly recognizable as a ship; most of it deteriorated.
We like to search the stoney beach for 'Cape May Diamonds', which are really quartz crystals. You can polish them up in a rock tumbler. If you don't have one, pick up a souviner 'diamond' in the little gift shops. (3) The only other building in this quaint little area is a snack shack.
3 miles from Cape May Center
Every year I take my class beachcombing at this beach. We usually have it all to ourselves! To get here, take Central Ave. in Ocean City all the way to the end. (59th Street)
There is a small parking lot, a newly built bathroom facility and the beach entrances. Take the entrance where the road leaves off if you want to take the nature hike through the dunes. The trail begins about halfway down the path to your right. Well marked. The nature trail runs parallel to the beach.
Corson's Inlet beach is a great place to find mermaid purses and whelk egg cases. There is also an endangered bird nesting site. Watch out for the black skimmers, they are very protective of their site!
There are no lifeguards here, mostly night fisherman and day beach strollers. Dogs are allowed October through April.
Every sunset, Memorial Day through Labor Day, there is a flag lowering ceremony at Sunset Beach, 3 miles outside of Cape May. The flags are all U.S. servicemen's casket flags. Children volunteers help to lower the flag; a recording of "God Bless America" (Kate Smith) plays; the National Anthem plays; taps are played; the children are shown how to fold the flag. A small crowd gathers to watch. Very nice.
When you are too sun-burned, water-logged, and sand-clogged from the beach, take a break and head on over to the Cape May County Zoo located in Cape May County Court House. (that's the town's name!)
I love this zoo because the animals are given wide, open spaces, much like their natural habitat, to roam around in. There's a boardwalk built up over the buffalo, giraffe, etc. habitat that is awesome.
South of Ocean City, down the Garden State Pkwy. or Rt. 9,into Cape May and onto Sunset Blvd. lies this state park. Many people come here to see the lighthouse and this is birdwatching heaven. There is a visitor's center and some nice hiking trails here. The trails aren't long, but meant to be walked slowly, there is so much to see!
Lucy the Elephant
Lucy the Margate Elephant is the only remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over a 100 years old, she has been painstakingly restored from the wreck you see above to the beautiful structure you see below. Today she is toured by thousands every summer. On our site you will be able to review her history, her structure, even play games with the kids.
Near the Beach at Margate, Lucy can be seen from over 4 miles out to sea, and is a welcome beacon for all the local fisherman.
For the History of Lucy take a look at http://www.lucytheelephant.org/
Tuna! Ocean City Marlin Tuna Club Overnight Tournament
Video from a Tuna Trip:
There's one Jetty that you are allowed to fish from during the day. It's at 5th St. Clams are the best bait.
I know i included this pic on my home page but this pic was taken at 8th St. during a hurricane swell in Sept. '01