205 BEACH AVENUE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(877) SHACK-07

a retreat for beach lovers

If a perfect beach vacation means never having to put your shoes back on once you arrive and always being steps from the ocean, then the Beach Shack is the place for you. Stylish and relaxed, the Beach Shack is Cape May's fresh and fun alternative for beach lovers who want a retreat the whole family can enjoy together.
It's a one-of-a-kind island vibe all just a stone's throw away from Cape May's historic downtown. Nestled on Beach Avenue close to Cove Beach, the Beach Shack's spacious accommodations make it perfect for groups and families - even four-legged members, too! The Beach Shack is one of Cape May's few dog-friendly resorts and has a selection of dog-friendly rooms available each night.
At the Beach Shack, you’ll always be close to The Rusty Nail, Cape May’s legendary hang-out for lifeguards, surfers and other beachgoers, who flock to the long bar after hours for the shore’s coldest beers and best vibe. You’ll love the casual outdoor ambiance, friendly welcoming staff, live entertainment and our fresh take on all your seaside favorites like clams, oysters and the great fresh fish. Once you’re settled at one of the tables, it’s not hard to see why Travel & Leisure chose The Rusty Nail as one of "America's Top 10 Beach Bars."
So grab your flip-flops and come let the long, sunny days at the beach flow into nights filled with music and laughter. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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Reopening March 29th

The Beach Shack and the Rusty Nail will reopen on March 29th.

Rooms and Suites

From the moment you say 'aloha' to your guest room, you'll instantly fall in love with the Shack's refreshing Hawaiian-themed atmosphere. Our luxuriously furnished one-bedroom, efficiency, and suite-style accommodations have all the comforts needed for a relaxing family getaway by the beach.
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Dog-Friendly Rooms

Want to bring your dog along on your Cape May beach vacation? We have a limited number of dog friendly rooms available each night! You and your furry friend will enjoy special amenities like use of a Beach Shack dog bed, food and water bowels, a Beach Shack frisbee, a special doggie treat and more.
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Our guest rooms are anything but “shacks” and provide guests a cozy, comfortable space. All our rooms and bungalows feature stylish island-chic décor with brightly colored walls, tasteful furnishings and fun seaside accents. The overall ambiance is fresh and casual. Our plush, bright white signature beds are beautiful to look at and wonderful to sleep in. There’s almost nothing better than sinking into their soft, clean, comfort after a long day under the sun and in the surf.
All rooms also feature renovated bathrooms and kitchenettes with a fridge and microwave, Beach Plum Farm bath amenities and other essentials. When they aren’t surfing the waves, guests will enjoy surfing the channels on flat screen TVs or surfing the web on WiFi that’s available in-room and throughout the hotel grounds.
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Easter Getaway Eggstravaganza Package

Available April 18, 2019 - April 23, 2019

Get hopping to Cape May this Easter and enjoy a delicious Easter Sunday brunch in the Ballroom, exciting family activities, a late checkout on Easter Sunday and more.

Easter Getaway Eggstravaganza Package

As the scent of Spring fills the air, head to Cape May for a wonderful Easter celebration. Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Ballroom and participate in all of the fun with the Easter Bunny and his sidekick, Blue! Stay busy all weekend with all of the festivities including Easter egg hunts, scavenger hunts, train rides and our many Spring Break events!

Easter Getaway Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • A delicious Easter Sunday brunch for two in the Ballroom
  • A late check-out of 1pm on Easter Sunday
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Call (855) 290-8467 to book your Easter Getaway today!

*Additional guests can be added to Sunday Easter Brunch as a Stay Enhancement.

Rise, Shine and Relax at the Shack

Available Year Round

Whether it's a sunny summer morning or a brisk late sunrise in winter, there is nothing like waking up in picturesque Cape May.

Rise, Shine and Relax at the Shack

Relax by the pool in the summer, or enjoy shopping along the historic streets when the air starts to cool. Any time of year is the perfect time of year by the beautiful sea in Cape May.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Breakfast dining credit at The Rusty Nail ($20 per room night)*
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*Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied.

Date Night in Cape May

Available Year Round

Treat your special someone to a romantic getaway in Cape May, complete with an intimate evening of artisanal cocktails and cuisine at the Ebbitt Room.

Date Night in Cape May

Make every celebration or evening truly memorable with an epicurean experience. Expertly-crafted libations and farm-fresh classic American cuisine are accompanied by the sweet sounds of the piano. Whatever the milestone, we will provide the gracious touch and exceptional service that ensure indelible memories.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • $100 Ebbitt Room Dining Credit (per stay)*

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*Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied.

Paws Up!

Available Year Round

Get waggin' to the Beach Shack with your furry friend!

Paws Up! Beach Shack Dog Room Package

You don't have to leave your best friend behind this summer, bring him along with this ultimate doggie package.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Rusty Nail dining credit ($25 per day)*
  • A custom Beach Shack dog leash
  • Beach Shack Doggie Welcome Kit including:
  • Use of Beach a Shack dog bed, and food and water bowls
    Mark Your Spot - a list of local points of interest for your dog
    Dog In-Room Door Hanger
    Beach Shack disposable waste bags - 3 per day
    Beach Shack Frisbee
    Special doggie treat
    PLUS: a Beach Shack Dog Leash

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We have a limited number of dog friendly rooms available each night and they can only be booked by calling 1877-SHACK-07.

This package is not bookable online.

Please review our Dog Policies.

*Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied. No Cash Value.

resort life

Sea Spa

As a guest at the Sandpiper Beach Club you’ll be able to pop over to Congress Hall and enjoy the services of The Sea Spa, a full-service spa that offers unique ocean-inspired treatments in a bright, uplifting atmosphere. You’ll love the fun yellow- and white-striped treatment rooms and the wonderful massages, facials and beauty treatments that feature all-natural products. Learn More.

Beach Plum Farm Tour

Come learn where your vacation meals begin! Almost all the vegetables, eggs and even some of the meat you eat at The Blue Pig Tavern and the Boiler Room comes from our very own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Located less than two miles away from our hotels, the farm lies on a scenic stretch of land just out of sight of the ocean. Stop by and enjoy a guided or self-guided tour. Learn More.

Running, Biking, Walking

Being on vacation at the New Jersey shore means being outside as much as you can and there are lots of options to enjoy your workout in the fresh air while staying with us. Rent a bike at the Congress Hall Bike Shop, go for an invigorating run on the beach (maybe you’ll see some dolphins!), or ask the front desk for recommendations for nearby hikes and nature walks.

Congress Hall
Bike Shop


There’s no better way to get around Cape May than by bike. The city is flat as a pancake and very pretty, the perfect ingredients for a lovely bike ride! The Congress Hall Bike Shop offers singles, doubles, children’s bikes, surreys and helmets.

Beach Shack Pool


We know our beaches are pretty special, but a change of scenery is always nice, especially on vacation. Take a dip in our pool. Not only is it the perfect temperature, it is family-friendly, and steps away from your guest room. Enjoy the sun and some amazing ocean breezes on the pool deck.

Beach Service


Since you’ve come for the beach, we provide complimentary use of loungers, umbrellas and towels. But, for the ultimate vacation treat, rent one of our classic blue and orange beach tents—on the beach directly in front of the Beach Shack—and learn first hand just how good a perfect day at the beach can feel.

Beach Boot Camp


Feeling inspired to exercise in the beautiful beach-side setting? Try Beach Boot Camp at Congress Hall. It's a great way to provide some gain without the pain. While you’ll definitely work up a sweat, the tranquil ocean views will make your experience something to look forward to rather than dread, we promise.



There’s nothing better than starting your day with a yoga class at Congress Hall. Whether on the Grand Lawn or down on the beach, the combination of an expert instructor, the fresh sea breeze, the scent of hydrangeas and freshly cut grass and the beautiful setting create one of the best yoga experiences you’ll find anywhere.

Bird Watching

Cape May is one of the world’s most famous bird watching destinations and enthusiasts travel here from across the country to experience the wide variety of species that inhabit the area and pass through during migration. Check with Congress Hall's Concierge for tips on the best places to spot rare birds.

Beach Shack
205 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The hotel is located right across from the beautiful Cape May beach.

Complimentary On-Site Parking is provided for Beach Shack guests. One (1) space is available per occupied room.

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From Specific Points

From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia