Cape May, New Jersey, is a piece of land extending between the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean at the southern tip of New Jersey. A man-made canal on the Delaware Bay side of the cape at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area to the Cape May Harbor on the east side turns this area into a small island.
Because of its beaches and location, Cape May is a seaside resort that started out as a fishing village and a whaling community. People vacationed at Cape May as far back as the 1700s. Before this, the Kechemeche Indians lived in the area, but they sold it to settlers in the 1600s.
The original Cape May City almost completely burned down in 1878, but it was rebuilt and declared a historic landmark in 1976. This island also houses Cape May Point, the boroughs of West Cape May and the United States Coast Guard Training Center. As a National Historic District, Cape May boasts hundreds of historic sites, including Victorian buildings and houses, the Cape May Lighthouse and the World War II Fire Control Tower No. 23.
Cape May hosts many wildlife preserves and refuges, such as the Cape Island Preserve, Cape May Point State Park, South Cape May Meadows and Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.