USCG Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
In Cape May, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 84°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 91°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 5 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 84°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 5 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 31, with an average low of 29°F and high of 42°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from March 15 to August 27, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on August 6.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from August 27 to March 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 20.
Cost of Living
Residents in Cape May, NJ have a cost of living index of 142. This index is higher than the New Jersey average and 42% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Baltimore, MD, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Maryland, and it is 6% higher than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
Cape May is a city and seaside resort at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula. It’s known for its grand Victorian houses such as the Emlen Physick Estate, now a museum with a preserved interior from the era. Shops and restaurants line the Washington Street Mall, 3 pedestrianized blocks of Washington Street. The Cape May Lighthouse provides views across the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
The Washington Street Mall is an open air mall that does not even allow bicycles or skateboards. Located close to the beach, this shopper’s paradise is open throughout the year. Visitors can browse candy stores, jewelry shops, clothing stores, and boutiques that stock unique souvenirs.
The Historic Cold Spring Village gives visitors a glimpse into life during the 18th century in this region. Visitors will enjoy participating in the hands-on family activities, interacting with local residents, and learning to make the connection between the past and the present way of life.
The Nature Center of Cape May is an award-winning environmental education campus that was founded in 1992. The center rests on the shores of Cape May Harbor and it has a three level observation tower, exhibit aquaria, indoor observation hall, a gift store, and a beautiful multiple themed display garden.
The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center (CMWW & RC) offers unforgettable seafaring safaris to explore the wonders of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1987, Cape May Whale Watch offers whale-watching trips on board the M/V American Star, presenting guests with the chance to see whales, dolphins, seals, and pelagic birds in their natural habitats.