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Are you considering a visit to Cape May in November because you feel tempted by lower prices? At the same time, though, you’re still not 100% sure if it’s the best idea to go to Cape May now the weather starts to turn toward winter? I don’t blame you if you feel torn! Darker evenings and plunging temperatures don’t sound ideal for the beach.
November might not be the first month that springs to mind for a Jersey Shore vacation. However, I personally think that’s an awesome idea to visiter later in autumn!
It might surprise some people that this region, namely Cape May County, isn’t just perfect in the summer time. Not at all. As a frequent visitor, I have always enjoyed the shore far more during the “off season” after crowds have thinned out a bit.
Not to mention, Cape May has lots to do in fall, so you certainly won’t feel an overwhelming sense of boredom by visiting outside of peak periods.
Why You Should Visit Cape May in November
By November, fall is in full swing. You’ll still see brilliant yellow and orange leaves the first week or two of the month, and the crispness permeates the air, which only adds to the seaside town’s spirit.
Cape May lives up to its reputation as America’s Oldest Seaside Resort even after it’s too cold to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the Victorian homes are splendidly decorated for the late fall season.
Perhaps you’ll even enjoy ornate displays of delightful, old-fashioned Christmas decorations if you visit the latter half of the month.
And the best part? You might even save money visiting Cape May in November.
Let’s talk about all the reasons why you should consider Cape May for your late autumn vacation.
Better Deals are Available
Unlike summer, November in Cape May is a lot more reasonable price-wise, especially if you decide to stay mid-week. However, I personally suggest staying Thursday – Sunday, simply because more attractions stay open on the weekends.
Of course, the only major exception to this rule is over Thanksgiving Break when a lot of holiday-themed events are in full swing at the Jersey Shore.
Regardless, though, you’re guaranteed to do better price-wise at some of Cape May’s cutest inns and bed and breakfast compared to the height of the season in July and August. Consider booking directly on the hotel’s website to find the best rates.
Decent Weather is Still Possible
Okay, you’re not going to get summer weather now unlike visiting Cape May in September. On the other hand, if you prefer much cooler weather and wineries instead of the beach, then visiting Cape May in November might be the perfect time of year for you.
New Jersey, as a whole, experiences temperatures ranging from 50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit in November. Is that chilly? Sure. Is that unbearable for sightseeing? No, I don’t think so.
Cape May’s wineries and restaurants keep their outdoor seating open in November, and most of the time, heating lamps are available to warm you up.
However, always check the forecast before you visit Cape May. November does bring rain showers, and it’s always better to know in advance if you’ll encounter any rain.
Easier to Get the Best Dinner Reservations
Cape May offers a wide variety of food options ranging from casual to fine dining. You won’t go hungry in Cape May, I promise. I think their food scene is creative and fun, and it’s rare to have a bad meal here.
A lot of Cape May’s restaurants have won awards and have been featured in prominent magazines, such as Conde Nast Travel and others. So, unsurprisingly, scoring reservations in high season is super tough.
However, by visiting Cape May in November, it’s easier to get dinner reservations at the prime hours. I still highly recommend booking in advance, but don’t stress about booking months in advance unless you’re coming for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
As a side note, triple check opening and closing hours for your top restaurants. Most places stay open on weekends, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Glorious Peace and Quiet
Are you just sick and tired of people, and want to have some peace? Cape May in November is for you, especially if you decide to visit mid-week. Sure, more shops and restaurants will be shut down, but at the beach, you might be the only person. What could be better?
A word of warning, though. While Cape May is quieter in November, Thanksgiving is actually a popular time to visit. The shore towns all seem to host their own fun holiday events, and a lot of people are looking for a fun break before heading back to work on Monday.
So don’t expect that you will be the only person in all of Cape May County over Thanksgiving. Crowds are nothing like summer, of course, but still big enough to surprise some people. Make sure to reserve everything in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Holiday Events are Starting
I’m a huge sucker for holidays. Once Halloween and Spooky Season start in October, then I’m a bundle of joy all the way until New Year’s Eve. I just love, love, love holiday fun.
As for you, if you plan on visiting closer to Thanksgiving and the week afterwards, then you’ll be just in the time for Cape May’s special holiday festivities. Check the event calendar ahead of time to see what’s happening during your visit. Holiday Light Trolley Rides, for example, start at the end of the month.
November in Cape May will certainly make you excited for the Holiday Season.
Some Shops are Still Open
If you’re going to Washington Street Mall or driving over to West Cape May, a lot of the shops remain open on weekends.
Personally, I love supporting Cape May’s small businesses, and always end up buying something new every single time I visit the stores. A lot of stores run sales during this time, too, so you can find a good bargain if you keep your eyes peeled.
And don’t forget about Black Friday and Small Business Saturday either! Plenty of opportunities to spend, haha.
Cape May in November Tips
As you can see, visiting Cape May in November is delightful, but very different than a summer vacation. I wanted to wrap up this guide with a couple of travel tips regarding what to pack and where to stay.
Of course, definitely continue to do your own research, especially if you’re planning on staying for a couple of days.
What to Pack for Cape May in November
Not sure what to pack for a chillier month in Cape May? Never fear, I have a couple of recommendations for you. Like I already said, make sure to check the forecast ahead of time. New Jersey’s weather is always on the “unpredictable side,” especially on the coast. Don’t underestimate windy conditions off the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape May in November Packing Essentials
- Beanie Hat and Matching Gloves: Around November, it’s probably wise to protect your head and hands from the chill, especially at night, when the darkness stretches for longer hours. So bring a beanie hat and matching pair of gloves to stay warm.
- Cosy Sweatshirt: I’m a sucker for sweatshirts at the beach, and November is the perfect time to break them out. We are in the height of hoodie season, after all!
- Fleece-lined Leggings: Leggings are my favorite thing to wear whenever I travel. In particular, comfortable fleece-lined leggings will keep you warm and happy as you explore Cape May’s beautiful historic streets.
- Sunglasses: If you’re lucky, you’ll have clear and sunny autumn days on your Cape May visit. So, bring those sunglasses, if the weather works in your favor! You’ll want to be outside!
- Windbreaker Jacket: You don’t need a full winter coat for Cape May in November, but you will definitely want a windbreaker jacket if you’re headed to the beach or the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Those winds are seriously no joke. You’ll be super cold if you’re underdressed.
Where to Stay in Cape May in November
In Cape May in November, it’s important to check and see what hotels and bed and breakfasts are open for business. Some do shut down for the summer, but similar to everything else, a lot of establishments are wide open on the weekends.
Here are a couple of great ideas for your trip to Cape May.
- Congress Hall: What better choice than one of the most historical properties in Cape May? Congress Hall is fascinating. Not to mention, you’ll be surrounded by holiday decorations! See prices on TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com.
- The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast: If you want to pamper yourself, check out this perfect bed and breakfast. It has won awards, and truly makes you feel as if you’ve gone back in time staying in this lovely Victorian mansion. See prices on TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com.
- The Virginia Hotel: This hotel is beautifully decorated for the Christmas Season. If you come at the end of the month, you’ll feel yourself fill up with joy, and want to celebrate Christmas continually for weeks afterwards. It’s seriously so pretty here. See prices on TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com.
What do you think? Do you want to come and visit Cape May in November? If so, share your ideas in the comments! Cape May in November is delightful, and I promise that you won’t feel disappointed on your visit here!