Margate is a popular beach town five miles away from Atlantic City nestled between Longport and Ventnor. Unlike other popular beach destinations, Margate does not have hotels so it's uncommon to have visitors who just stay a night or two. Many homes in Margate are vacation homes for the owners. Renters in Margate usually book homes for the entire summer or one month time periods. Weekly rentals are limited. Margate's narrow clean beaches are a main attraction for beach goers, surfers, and kayakers. Residents enjoy early morning walks/runs on the boardwalk located in Ventnor, or take advantage of the bicycle lane that spans throughout the town to ride their bikes. The Community Farmers Market, which is open throughout the summer months every Thursday morning, is a great place to talk with the neighbors, shop for fresh baked goods, local honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, and specialty organic items.
The Jewish Community Centeroffers a day camp for the kids as well as fitness classes, personal training, swim lessons, and many other activities. It's not unusal to find many teens on the basketball courts at all hours of the day.
Margate is the home of Lucy the Elephant, the "largest elephant in the world" and is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 130 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of people each year.
As you enter Margate from Ventnor, Marven Gardens, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, is a quaint section of homes built in the 1920s and 1930s that are loaded with charm. Marven Gardens is also known for its Monopoly Board fame. The Down Beach Section, also know as the A,B,C streets, begins at the Ventnor Boardwalk and continues to the Margate Bridge. It's collection of single family homes tend to be more affordable and smaller in size overall than the homes in the prestigious Parkway section which begins at Jerome Avenue. The Down Beach section is zoned mixed use and is loaded with retail shops and restaurants for residents to enjoy. On the contrary, the Parkway Section is zoned single famly. The lots and homes are generally larger. Many of the older homes have and continue to be torn down and are being replaced with new modern three story homes.