Sea Isle City is a resort town in Cape May County on the New Jersey shore. The popular resort, complete with canals, waterways and European statuary, was "created" by owner Charles Landis in the late 1800s and was inspired by his visit to Venice, Italy. Today, good restaurants, hotels and resorts draw beach- and water-lovers to the city year-round.
Located near the southern tip of the New Jersey shore, Sea Isle City is known for its clean beaches, large dunes and beautiful promenade.
Beaches in Sea Isle City are designated for specific activities. For example, there are 23 bathing beaches, which are the only beaches where swimming is allowed. There are also beaches for rafting, surfing, kayaking and volleyball, as well as a sailboat landing and surf-fishing beach.
For entry to any of the beaches, tourists must purchase an inexpensive "beach tag" at the official office at 125 JFK Boulevard or from one of the tag inspectors on the beach. Wednesday is free beach day with no tags required.
The European atmosphere of Sea Isle City is enhanced by outdoor cafes, live music and arts-and-crafts shopping.
Summertime is high season in Sea Isle City, but tourism officials say there are other reasons to visit year-round. These include various sports competitions, sand-sculpting contests, live concerts and great restaurants (see Resources).