New Jersey - Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Cape May-Lewes Ferry, NJ-DE

All photos taken heading the "wrong" way (given the name of the ferry), from Lewes to Cape May. They were taken on Memorial Day, too, and yet the line to get on the ferry wasn't bad at all. The traffic to get out of Cape May County was, though.

My ferry, the Cape Henlopen (the lesser-known Lewes cape). I assume there's one called the Cape May as well.

A popular beach to the north, bayfront homes with their own private beach to the south.

Beacon to the northeast, lighthouse to the southeast, which I grainily zoom in on. In the first photo, the sea and sky become the same color.

Finally, the ferry leaves the dock on its 40-minute journey. Your time may slightly vary.

Heading out past the green marker into more open waters, and passing one of the installments of US 9 South. This one, as you can see from my less grainy zoom, is the Twin Capes. You can also make out the logo. which I then show you in the final photo from my Cape Henlopen.

Past the final breakwater from Lewes, then across a little bit of water to the first sight of Cape May. You never quite lose sight of land when on the ferry, which reinforces the notion that one day, a bridge-tunnel may span this crossing.

Nessie lives! Actually, that's the famous shipwreck just off the coast, but my zoom doesn't always provide me the crispest of photos, as you may have gleaned. It's about the only reason to come to the river beach; most people prefer the warmer ocean water, and for those who don't want to pay for the beach, Wildwood is five minutes away (closer if you use Ocean Drive, but then you pay a toll, and that kinda defeats the purpose).

Looking north, I spy a ship, which may be the elusive Cape May, or the even more elusive No Cape (if each cape has its own ship and both share a ship, the only other possibility is a ship named for neither). Then, I spy another ship, still docked on the Cape May side, inside the Intracoastal Waterway. The Waterway cuts Cape May off from its eponymous county, and provides only the slightest of shortcuts for Delaware River vessels heading to or coming from the east.

Straight down the Intracoastal Waterway, then to the jetties on either side. Since the southern side is connected to the tourist town, it's a lot more active.

US 9 North pulls into its dock, and I can continue on my journey.

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