A quick and somewhat uncharacteristic (for me) review on this beach. Sunset Beach was the sole reason my family traveled to Cape May, NJ. We wanted our small children to experience the ocean for the first time, and most every review I could find said Sunset Beach was the best place in the country for that... we were not dissapointed.
Unlike other reviewers, we did not make it at sunset (funny, I know), but instead visited first thing in the morning, when the girls were on their best behavior. The beach is indeed rocky and somewhat littered with broken shell bits, but there is also a sense of calm I've not seen on many other ocean beaches. In the day's first hours, the shore is lined with would-be fisherman looking for a catch, and in several cases we watched them get it, hauling very large Drum fish from the waters. It was cool to see.
The shore glistens in the morning with little quartz crystals (known as Cape May "diamonds), but I notice that local artisians and early beachcomers steal them away quickly, so I'd bet by sunset there are that many left, but for us there were plenty, and we had a ball hunting for them. We also enjoyed looking out at the sunken concrete ship (although there isn't much left these days), and hearing the locals tell stories about how it got there and the process it's gone through to deteriorate.
The water was cool and clear, and we saw schools of horseshoe crabs riding the waves inland, which was also unforgettable for our little ones to witness (especially when we realized they are harmless / wouldn't pinch). Of all the vacation destinations I've been on, this little unknown beach on the tip of New Jersey will always remain my absolute favorite. If you are ever able, this one beach is worth the trip.
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