Head to Southern New Jersey for beautiful birds and beaches.

By Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2012
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Few places on the Eastern Seaboard are better for bird-watching than Cape May, at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. The “World Series of Birding” has been held here every May for 26 years.

Cape May

One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impeccable gingerbread porches laden with rockers and wicker furniture, Cape May is the nation's first seaside resort and southernmost point in New Jersey. Settled by the wealthy families of Philadelphia, it spurred more than a century of Victorian-era land speculation.

Cape May Bird Observatory

Take one of the excellent guided birding walks at Cape May Point, on the Delaware Bay.

Freda's Cafe & Deli

At the teeny corner restaurant, career chefs craft crab cakes and seafood bisque, followed by classic bread pudding.

The Carroll Villa

At this seaside retreat dating to 1882, Room 20 has a private porch overlooking Jackson Street, and its Mad Batter restaurant downstairs serves the most popular brunch in town.