Island Hopping: August 23 to August 29


Cape May County is a treasure trove of thrills, games, specialty seafood, happy hour specials, traditional family-style restaurants, beach gear, breakfast spots, sweet treats, and relaxing rituals. Yet with its 620-square-mile span, the Jersey Shore county can be quite daunting. With all the ground to cover, where should you even begin? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Island Hopping is your go-to guide for the season with our favorite places to “do the shore.” This week we’re hopping all around the county to plan your day from dusk till dawn.

Start your morning by satisfying your sweet tooth at Duck Donuts on 32nd Street & Dune Drive in Avalon! These famous, made-to-order donuts are made fresh with a large variety of glazes and toppings, with unique options such as maple icing and bacon pieces. Grab a cup of hot or iced coffee to pair with your donut, and you have everything you need for a great breakfast!

After breakfast, bring your family and friends on over to Lakeview Docks in Wildwood Crest for some fun-in-the-sun! Located less than a mile from the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, Lakeview Docks offers tons of fun-filled activities on and off the water including wave runners, paddleboats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, center consul boat rentals, a fishing and crabbing pier, fishing and crabbing boats and much more!

After your morning out on the water, head over to H&H Seafood in Cape May for lunch. Whether you’re looking for Blue Claw crabs, lobster, Cape May scallops, shrimp, clams, oysters or other local fish, you’ll find it all in this fresh seafood market. The dockside dining menu changes daily depending on the catch, so stop by to check out the catch of the day!

Go with a more classic Jersey Shore treat for lunch at Seven Mile Pies in Stone Harbor. But Seven Mile Pies doesn’t serve just your average slice. Unique specialty pies are available, such as Mango Habanero Chicken or Mac & Cheese, and other creations often make special appearances. Cheesesteaks, hoagies, sandwiches, wings, fries and more are also available to pair with your hot slice! If you wish to relax at home for the afternoon, take out or delivery is available.

After lunch, stop by Algie’s Place Bikes in Wildwood Crest and get that bike you’ve been wanting! Whether you’re a once-a-year boardwalk rider, an everyday enthusiast or somewhere in between, you’ll find great products, people and service at Algie’s. Choose from beach cruisers and comfort bikes, and get all of the bike accessories and cycle wear you need!

In the mood for Italian cuisine for dinner? Experience the taste of Italy in the Heart of Cape May at Iccara Italian Bistro! Here, the staff knows that delicious food is equally as important as a warm, welcoming atmosphere surrounded by family and friends. Come laugh, dine and enjoy in the charming restaurant, located on Mansion Street, bringing you the fresh, unique flavors of Italy. ​

For American food with Caribbean accents, head over to Jamaica Me Hungry in Wildwood Crest for dinner. Located on the Beachfront at Atlantic & Jefferson, Jamaica Me Hungry will put a little spice into your life with their unique cuisine and local seafood. If you like ribs, you must try their jerk-rubbed, hickory-smoked, flame-grilled baby back BBQ ribs. After you’re done with your meal, make sure to save room for a piece of Banana Cream Pie or Key Lime Pie!

If you’re a night owl and you want the night to continue, you’re a short walk from The Boiler Room in Cape May, located below Congress Hall. The pizzeria and music club is known for its fun atmosphere, delicious food, draft beers, and live music.

After a long day out in Cape May County, get home safely and relax. It won’t be long before you have to start planning your next fun-filled day at the shore!