The cold air hits like a wall of invisible ice. It takes 10 minutes to get through the spackle-like frost covering the car windows. Slush, sleet, snow – enough already.
This is January, and this alone makes it the perfect time to start thinking about your summer and the vacation you’ll be taking.
But the early months of the year also make sense from a strategic standpoint. Book now, and your chances of putting together the perfect getaway are increased dramatically.
Especially if your destination is one of Delaware’s award-winning beaches, which have been lauded for the cleanliness of their waters. Thankfully, the First State’s beaches were spared a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy and not only weathered the storm, but also stand in tip-top shape for the 2013 vacation season.
Rehoboth Beach, which has come to be known as “Our Nation’s Summer Capital,” boasts the perfect mix of family fun and nightlife offerings, with a renowned boardwalk packed with rides, games and beach eats and streets lined with restaurants, bars and shops. There’s also tax-free shopping at Tanger Outlet Centers and its massive stable of major retailers. Dewey, with its bevy of bars and music venues, is party central. Lewes is both historic and relaxing, mixing landmarks and museums detailing the stories of the first Dutch settlers and the calm of bayside beaches. And if you want a sublime slice of serenity, Bethany or Fenwick Island is where you want to be.
Dining out is also a featured attraction in Delaware’s beach towns. Fresh seafood, fine-dining delicacies, Italian classics, cutting-edge creations, legendary pizza and outrageous ice cream flavors are among the many specialties on the menu along the First State’s Culinary Coast.
And for a hybrid vacation blending the beach, camping and nature, check out one of the area’s parks. In addition to designated swimming beaches and campgrounds, Cape Henlopen State Park also has year-round hiking and biking, a fishing pier, boat rentals and a chance to explore the coastal environment along nature trails. The park is also home to Fort Miles and the World War II Observation Tower, which provides amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. The 2,825-acre Delaware Seashore State Park stretches out along six miles of ocean and bay shoreline and features swimming, camping, sunbathing and surfing. It’s also a prime spot for crabbing and fishing, especially in and around the Indian River Inlet.
Visit our Beach Rentals Page for information on oceanfront hotels, pet-friendly accommodations, bed and breakfasts and links to realtors and sites offering weekly and mini-week vacations.