Island Hopping: July 3 to July 9


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.

Swing by Woodbine Meat Market in Woodbine before your day begins to feast on fresh breakfast sandwiches or pick up anything you may need for the rest of your day. Open daily at 6 a.m., you can get your day started early, leaving more time for island hopping! If you want to stop by for lunch, choose from chicken cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, and more.

After breakfast, visit the home of Jersey Cape fishing at ​No Bones Bait & Tackle at the foot of the Rio Grande bridge! ​No Bones Bait & Tackle offers half-day and full-day boat rentals, plus fishing charter boats for a fun day out on the water. Get fresh, frozen and live bait, rods, reels, sunglasses, T-shirts, hats and more! There is plenty of parking and a laid back atmosphere, so stop on by!

Next, stop by Ellie & Wild Bill’s Farmers Market & Garden Center in Cape May to buy fresh produce, baked goods, plants, and more. You’re sure to walk away from this family-owned and operated shop with pretty flowers or a sweet treat!

For lunch, head to Owen’s Pub for outdoor dining. Enjoy daily specials Sunday through Thursday, and blackboard specials on Friday and Saturday. Sit back, relax, and sip on a classic orange crush or order a delicious Owen’s Cheesesteak with all the fixing to fuel up before your next activity of the day.

For dinner, stop by Vita Bella in Seaville for some fantastic Italian takeout. The popular takeout restaurant is known for its delicious homemade tomato sauce, but every guest finds a personal favorite on the extensive menu. Choose from pizza, pasta, seafood, salads, wings, burgers, wraps, hoagies, chicken, veal, and more! No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

When heading home for the evening, stop by Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet in Rio Grande and grab everything you need for some post-dinner cocktails. Joe Canal’s has the largest selection of your favorite vodka, scotch, bourbon, whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, liquors, beer, and wine. Besides spirits, Joe Canal’s also offers everything you need to pair with your fine wine such as cheese spreads, aged artisan cheeses, crackers, and more.

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!