Let’s face it, in every vacation a little rain might fall. In tourism destinations, we don’t charge extra for sunshine, so don’t ask for discounts when it rains. Don’t worry on rainy days in Cape May we have you covered. There are at least 101 things to do that you can read about.
What we don’t have- is ample parking on the days when Cape May becomes a destination for everyone south of exit 38 on the Garden State Parkway.
It is always easy to tell the non-beach days from my vantage point. The pool gets a little more activity and the Washington Street mall swarms with people. You could see that Tuesday afternoon. Overcast skies, drizzly weather, brought out not only Cape May’s visitors but most likely, Wildwood’s and half of Ocean City’s too. Business seemed to be booming on the Washington Street Mall.
The savvy visitor learns about Cape May’s free parking alternative. Evidently there were plenty of those savvy visitors yesterday judging by the crowds waiting at the free shuttle stops. Lining up in somewhat cooperatively formed groups, small crowds gathered behind the mall to wait for the shuttle.
Free parking is provided at Cape May’s elementary school on Lafayette street. Those that choose to squeeze into town more than likely get caught in the line up leaving town. Tragically some of those that drive into town get caught up in what Exit Zero magazine calls the menace of Cape May- the dreaded parking meter. Or they become the honest folks who find jammed meters but leave notes and payment for their space anyway. But then, it’s August.