Sea Isle City Travel Guide

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Sea Isle City Things to Do

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    by icsgirl28 Written Aug 19, 2006

    It's a lighthouse; tall, cylindrical, with a light on top. It's got 199 steps, which is a little deceiving because it makes it sound too easy, and it's not really very easy. Once you are at the top, you can walk outside and around the top, and this provides you with truly fantastic views of Cape May. Cape May is quite beautiful, more so than other New Jersey cities. We were there close to sunset (on our way to Sunset Beach, which is very close by), so I was limited in the shots I could take. But it's worth it to take the time to stop here and see and learn about this historic, still-functioning lighthouse. It's adjoined by a bird sanctuary which I didn't visit, but may interest you.

    View from lighthouse looking North View from lighthouse looking south toward sunset b view from lighthouse looking west (ferry)
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    by icsgirl28 Written Aug 19, 2006

    Sunset Beach is located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, in Cape May. It provides an unobstructed view of the horizon, and atmospheric conditions are optimal for beautiful sunsets. A partially cloudy day is best, but a clear day will do also.

    Once you are here, there is quite a bit to do. The parking is free. There is a gift shop, several smaller apparel shops, and the Sunset Beach Grill. Be prepared to pay at the Beach Grill, or bring something to drink.

    The beach was used in the late 1800's as a docking area. Ships would bring people into the bay where they would be ferried to shore on small boats. Eventually a dock was built for ships to moor at.

    During World War I, there was a shortage of iron because of its heavy use for materials used in the war. Twelve cement ships were built, including the USS Atlantus. The war ended, and this ship was bought by a man hoping to use it to ferry people from Lewes Delaware to Cape May. It sank during a storm in 1920, and it is still partially visible, 150 feet from the shore of Sunset Beach.

    This is no standard southern New Jersey Beach. It doesn't have soft sugary white sand. Instead it sports pebbles, so you might want to forgo the flipflops and put on some sneakers. The pebbles are beautiful, and are brown, black, pure white, and orangey. Mixed in with the pebbles are "Cape May Diamonds", clear bits of pure quartz, which can be polished and cut to look like a diamond.

    To top it all off, at sunset, a flag ceremony is held daily during the summer months. Each day, I flag that has been donated by the family of a deceased veteran is flown over Sunset Beach. A few minutes before sunset, the flag is ceremoniously taken down while patriotic music plays, followed in closing by taps. It was really very nice.

    Sunset Cape May-Lewes Ferry SS Atlantus wreck, Isabel looking for 'diamonds' SS Atlantus Isabel on the beach
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    by icsgirl28 Written Aug 19, 2006

    The Wetlands Institute is a place devoted to the maintenance of local creatures, for example the diamondback terrapin turtle. There are educational seminars, classroom activities for children, an observation deck and tower, and walking trails that take you out onto the marshes. There is an osprey nest with live video coverage of it, tanks of local sealife including crabs, all types of fish, sea urchins, seahorses, snakes, eels, all kinds of good stuff. There is a whole room devoted to diamondback terrapins including tanks of live turtles. The trails are very interesting, and take at least an hour to walk if you stop to look at the informational signs, probably more. It's also very quiet, and beautiful. If you go, make sure you bring binoculars for birdwatching.

    On the trails, with institute in background Isabel scoping out fidler craps Prickly Pear Cactus Fidler Crabs Boathouse on trails
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Sea Isle City Nightlife

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    by DrexelDragon Written Mar 2, 2005

    What you need:

    1. A keg of quality beer, or more than enough cans and bottles of beer so that no matter how many people show up - you've got enough. My advice, go with kegs...they last better than cans and bottles and the cup clean up is better than dumping out bottles and cansing and rinsing and throwing out.

    2. A good selection of cd's.

    3. A good balcony and a big driveway.

    4. Cool neighbors.

    5. A good home theatre.

    6. A good selection of DVD's.

    7. Good friends.

    8. Hot friends and their hot friends.

    9. More than one bathroom.

    10. Some eats.

    If you’ve got a house to yourself, then have a house party. Invite friends and the pretty people you come across on the beach. Sea Isle is known for its house parties. Just look for people hanging out on balconies and lights on in the house

    Dress Code: Toga it if you want...

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    by DrexelDragon Written Mar 2, 2005

    La Costa, The OD (Ocean Drive), and Shenanigan’s are the main party spots in Sea Isle City. The OD and La Costa are definitely the more popular of the three, and these aren’t your laid back kind of beach bars. We’re talking wall-to-wall, hot and sweaty, there to get drunk and listen to loud music and find a hookup type of fun! These places get absolutely JAMMED. You have been warned. Do not go there with sandals on. The bathrooms towards the end of the night would make for nasty feet. Anyway, beer is cheap most times. Everyone is there to party. Everyone looks good from tanning on the beach. Everyone is dressed to catch your eye. Have a good time getting ***ty and keep a condom handy just in case!!!

    Dress Code: Certainly nothing NYC high style is required, but the girls do end up going out looking hot one way or another. Guys are usually laid back, casual hot-style kinda way.

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