Ribbons of color stream across the sky as day ends here at Delaware Seashore State Park. For those who love the sun and sand, this is paradise.
Down By the Sea
The state park hugs Delaware's picturesque coastline, encompassing some 2,585 acres of the most sought after real estate on the East Coast. The Atlantic Ocean crashes against the park's east side, and Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay both kiss its western boundaries. The Indian River Inlet, a narrow channel of water, cuts the park in half, connecting the Tidal Inland bays to the ocean. All totaled, visitors have access to some 17 miles of sandy shoreline, and State 1 shuttles them right to it.
Visitors find the typical state park offerings here, including facilities for camping, swimming, and picnics. But there's also parasailing, surfing, boating, kayaking, fishing, and hiking.
Last year, the state park opened 12 upscale beach cottages. They feature fully equipped kitchens, vaulted ceilings, screened porches, gas fireplaces, and satellite televisions. Each sleeps up to six people.
From the cottages, you can walk to the beach or to Indian River Marina, home to one of the region's largest charter fishing fleets. The nearby Hook 'Em & Cook 'Em bait-and-tackle shop will not only clean and fillet your catch of the day, but they'll also sell you fresh steamed seafood if you don't care to catch your own.