The Travel Channel has high praise for a South Jersey beach it calls the "crown jewel' on its list of "Top 10 Best East Coast Beaches".

Cape May is third on the Travel Channel list this year.

Cape May was the only New Jersey beach to make the cut for the list, coming in ahead of such trendy spots as Nantucket, Myrtle Beach and Southampton.

The first and second places were awarded to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and East Hampton, New York.

“Cape May, the crown jewel and southernmost point of the Jersey Shore, is dotted with gingerbread Victorian houses and colorful bed and breakfasts. Founded in 1620, this town — the nation’s oldest seashore resort — is one of few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water,” Travel Channel wrote about Cape May.

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