Sunset Beach, New Jersey

Sunset Beach is a beach located on the Cape May Peninsula, in Lower Township, New Jersey,[1] near Cape May Point, along the Delaware Bay, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is a local tourist attraction due in part to its proximity to the SS Atlantus, also known as the Concrete Ship, and the Cape May Lighthouse.

Sunset at Sunset Beach in May 2009
Sunset Beach sign

Attractions edit

Sunset Beach is known for a flag raising-lowering ceremony, which is held daily from Memorial Day weekend through August, and on Saturdays in September. All the flags flown in the ceremony are flags from the caskets of veterans. The ceremony has been taking place on Sunset beach since 1973.[2] Other attractions include Cape May diamonds, clear quartz crystals that can be easily found along the beach's length; the SS Atlantus, a partially submerged concrete ship; summer fireworks.[3]

Ecology edit

Many whales are seen from May to December, while migratory birds are seen in the spring and fall.[4][5] Monarch butterflies use Sunset Beach as a migratory stopover on their way to Mexico from Canada.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ Martucci, Joe (2018-05-31). "Lower Township and Cape May Point: On The Road". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  2. ^ Graham, Kristen (May 27, 2008). "Time for Taps". Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ Things To Do – Sunset Beach Gifts
  4. ^ Donvito, Tina. "14 Beaches That Are Better in the Fall". Reader's Digest. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "The 9 best beaches in New Jersey". LoneyPlanet. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Stopyra, Diane. "Why Cape May's monarch butterfly migration population varies so much". WHYY. Retrieved October 9, 2017.

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