Down the ShoreNeighborhoodSpotlightNew Jersey Shore PointsThingsToSeeAndDo September 19, 2023

Neighborhood Spotlight: Whale Beach, NJ

Whale Beach is in Cape May County, between Sea Isle City, NJ, and Strathmere, NJ. It gets its name from the whales that used to beach there in the 1950s. It offers panoramic views of sparkling water and a beautiful coastline, with many activities to enjoy in the surrounding area. It’s also close to the Beach at Strathmere.

What You Need To Know

Whale Beach is a nice stretch of coastline that gives beachgoers plenty of room to stretch out. Although you might not feel overcrowded, it’s worth noting that there’s limited parking, so plan to come early during the high season. Whale Beach is unguarded. Nearby Strathmere Beach is one of only a few beaches that doesn’t require a beach pass. However, this also means you’ll go without lifeguards at some points, and there are very few public bathrooms.

Where to Eat and Drink

Grab a tasty bite in between your beach fun at one of these nearby eateries.


Sidney’s Coffee and EatsTake the family to Sidney’s for a delicious breakfast or lunch, or enjoy a refreshing smoothie. The upbeat atmosphere provides an excellent backdrop for spending time with friends. The eatery showcases classic beach cuisine and healthy options, featuring local produce.

Twisties Tavern on the BayListen to the jukebox, grab a burger and a beer, and enjoy the view at Twistie’s. Other fare includes classics like pizza, sandwiches, and chicken tenders, along with tantalizing entrees. Try grilled pork chops, mussels, salmon, and more.

Deauville InnThis historic spot on the waterfront is a longstanding tradition in Strathmere. It started as the Whelan Inn in 1881, growing and evolving over the years into the Deauville Inn in the 1920s. Today, after thoughtful restoration, it delivers an upscale dining experience while maintaining the ambiance of the 1920s.

Where to Shop

Travel down the coastline a bit to Sea Isle City for several shopping opportunities.


Heritage Surf and SportSince 1962, this surf shop has made sure people can find what they need for their fun in the sun and on the waves. Shop for supplies, gear, apparel, and more. The friendly staff is ready to help you every step of the way.

Book NookDon’t feel like getting in the water during your day at the beach? Stop by the Book Nook to pick up a juicy novel or two, kick back on your favorite towel, and enjoy the sound of the surf as you read from the shore. The shop features all sorts of genres and also children’s books.

Isle BicyclesWhether you want to buy a bike, rent one, or need repairs on your own, Isle Bicycles does it. They feature a wide assortment of models for sale and rent, for adults and kids. 

Make the Most of Your Visit to Whale Beach, NJ

Enjoy hanging out on the beach, or venture to one of these nearby spots to add some more memories to your visit.


Whale Creek Marina Rent a boat, kayak, or paddleboard to take your beach adventure to the next level. You can also pick up bait and other supplies here. In 2013, they became the owners of Frank’s Boat Rentals, now offering fishing boats among their rentals.

Beachfront Mindfulness Retreats Relax and refresh during a calming retreat full of meditation and renewal. Check out some of the various workshops and classes going on during your visit.

The Beach at StrathmereNearby Strathmere Beach offers opportunities for rafting, fishing, and surfing. Lifeguards are typically on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. most of the summer. There’s also free parking.

Learn more about Cape May County and its beaches so you can best plan for your time on Whale Beach. Enjoy your visit!