The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park--this beach is on the Delaware Bay side and is perfect for a sunset picnic. At low tide there is plenty of room to run and splash in tidal pools or just sit and watch nature. Look for ghost crabs, tiny hermit crabs in the water, snails, horseshoe crabs, migratory birds, and rarely we've seen deer on this beach. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair" Zac Brown Band lyrics. We often see kite surfers flying across the water at this beach on breezy days. The top cover photo of the kids at sunset was taken at this beach. The Point is our favorite beach unless we insist on surf. There are no lifeguards, but at low tide, you have to go out really far to get knee deep in this water. (Make sure you hit the bathroom before you walk down here).
Cape Henlopen State Park is a favorite for nature lovers; this Bathhouse Beach has a bath house of course, plus concessions, life guards, and typically great waves. In this photo the ocean was unusually calm, but that can happen. Typically we love to body surf or boogie board here. Kids love to dig into the wet sand to find little sand crabs. Other ocean beaches at this park feature surf-fishing and dogs are allowed on those beaches. Within the park is historic Fort Miles from WWII days. Check out the big guns at Fort Miles, climb to the top of one of the look-out towers for a great view, and learn something about the history of how this area helped keep the Homeland safe.
Rehoboth Beach is a life-guarded ocean beach with a boardwalk. Rehoboth offers many great places to eat on the boardwalk and in the town's restaurants. We love the Funland carnival rides and other arcades. We also love to watch a full moon rise over the ocean at sunset. Rehoboth is great for people watching. Off the beach, there are open cold showers on the boardwalk for rinsing off; there are a couple of public bathrooms (no showers). Metered parking can be difficult to find; avoid parking on Rehoboth Ave, but we usually can find parking on Delaware Ave which is near Funland and a public bathroom.
Family-friendly Dewey Beach bonfire, summer Wednesday nights--bring sticks and s'mores ingredients. Dewey Beach is on the ocean, life-guarded, dogs are allowed, but parking is a bit difficult to find and there are no public bathrooms. Dewey Beach is also known for having a VERY lively night-life. Restaurants along the Rehoboth Bay side of Dewey offer great sunset views.
Lewes Town Beach on the Delaware Bay. This beach is life-guarded, has a paid parking lot right on the beach. This beach is great for small children since the bay has very small waves. There is a bathhouse with cold water showers. During the summer the Lions Club sells snacks and there is a Dairy Queen a very short walk away.