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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Cape May Point, NJ

(Kayak fishing off Cape May Point.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(Kayak fishing off Cape May Point. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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By Jay Lloyd

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CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (CBS) — There’s a landmark that chronicles the passage of time at an otherwise nearly pristine New Jersey shore point.   I never miss a chance to visit it, and neither should you.

The sunken and eroding hulk of a World War I cargo ship –- the Atlantis  — rests just off Sunset Beach at Cape May Point.  Less of the ship remains visible to regular visitors with each passing year.

(The deteriorating hull of the Atlantis, off Cape May Point.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(The deteriorating hull of the Atlantis, off Cape May Point. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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But it’s now been discovered by fishermen who venture out in kayaks — a low-cost waterborne getaway.

Brian Scott of Delaware County, Pa. says he is attracted by the relatively calm water and the natural fishing reef formed by Atlantis.

“Hopefully it stays flat and there’s good fishing,” he said recently.

(Preparing for kayak fishing.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(Preparing for kayak fishing. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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But there’s much more than a catch-it-yourself fish dinner in Cape May Point.

Visitors come here for the spectacular sunsets on the deck of the Waterfront grill, to beachcomb for “Cape May diamonds,” and to climb the nearby lighthouse and the World War II lookout tower.

“This park was just beautiful,” says Wiley Connelly, who came to visit from Oklahoma.  “I said, ‘I gotta come down and take it in.’ ”

Cape May Point: a placid side of the otherwise bustling Jersey shore.

 

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