About The Cove

South of Broadway Beach, The Cove is tucked further back within Cape May’s south-facing stretch, allowing it to handle the bigger NE swells that manage to wrap in. When the rest of New Jersey is onshore, The Cove can be really fun if not straight-up firing. A proper, heaving, spitting shorebreak barrel when it’s on, therefore preferring a mid to incoming tide and NE wind, The Cove’s bars regularly benefit from the dredging and pumping of sand that comes with beach nourishment efforts. It maxes out after a few feet overhead, but has a fairly wide swell window from NE to SE. When The Cove is good, three below-sea-level lefthand tubes on one wave are not uncommon.

Source: The Cove Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow to moderate, but can get busy on certain days.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded on good days but not too bad.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Rather fickle spot overall, but on a big nor'easter it can be one of the better spots around.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

More walking than paddling sometime, so not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Tricky currents.



Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Sand off rock jetty

Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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