Visiting Delaware? Make the most of your beach trip by planning ahead of time.
- Prepare an itinerary
Decide when to go, how long you’ll be staying, and what sights to see during your visit. Timing is everything – planning your trip mid-week and during off-season will help you avoid the crowds that gather on the beach during weekends and peak season. The hours between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tend to be the busiest time on the beach, so make sure you arrive earlier or later than that to get a spot on the sand.
If you’re driving to Delaware, avoid southbound Delaware Route 1 (DE 1) on Friday evenings unless you’re prepared to deal with heavy traffic. Pick other drive times that will shorten your trip. If you’re driving south of Lewes, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth Beach, taking US Route 13 (US 13) or US Route 113 (US 113) can help you avoid the traffic in DE 1. However, be aware that US 113 at Delaware Route 24 (DE 24) tends to get congested.
- Get updates
Check for updates on the traffic, road construction, and weather reports in the days leading up to your beach trip. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) offers a free app that puts you up to speed on the latest news, weather updates, traffic advisory, and travel information on the state. DelDOT’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts also provide real-time updates.
- Know where to park
Visitors have plenty of parking options in Delaware. If you’re staying in or around downtown Rehoboth, you can have a metered parking space reserved via Parkmobile.
The Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) has “Ride and Park” lots on Shuttle Road and Five Points just off DE 1. Pay for parking space at either one of these two lots and get up to four unlimited bus passes. All DART buses are fully airconditioned, with wheelchair lifts.
Dewey Beach offers free parking between 5 to 11 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays during community events like Movies on the Beach.
- Choose a place to stay
There’s no shortage of hotels in Delaware, and you’ll find accommodations at just about any price point. But if you plan to stay for several days or weeks, why not rent an entire home for the family? Bethany Beach is a home rental town. It’s more laidback and family friendly than Dewey Beach, where you’ll find all the clubs and bars, and it’s much more serene than Rehoboth or Ocean City.
Better yet, consider investing in a vacation home in the area, which makes more sense if you intend to make frequent trips to Delaware. Call me, Greg Goldman, at 302-539-1777 to explore your options.
- Look into other recreational activities
Delaware is home to some of the most fantastic beaches on the East Coast, and there’s a variety of water-based activities to enjoy. Boating, swimming, sunbathing, and crabbing are just some of them.
But the state has more to offer – bike around Delaware’s scenic coastal towns, play golf at Bear Trap Dunes, or enjoy the rides at Funland. Visit the shops in Bethany Beach and feast on fresh seafood at any of the restaurants.