About Poverty Beach

Located in Cape May, Poverty Beach is a fickle strech of sand that can offer some really fun with the right wind, swell, and tide combination. The majority of swells are not super ideal for Poverty, but a big E or SE swell combined with N or NE winds can get this spot cooking. If you're looking to seek novelty spots, this could be an option. On most days there will be better spot options a short drive away.

Source: Poverty Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to experienced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow to moderate.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Mostly light.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The right swell and tide combo usually works out.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Doable, can be tough on big days.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Rocks, submerged pilings.


Easy, but toughest in the summer months.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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