Delaware State Campground, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is located at the mouth of the James River where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. It’s only 58 miles from our last stop in Greensboro, Maryland. This campground offers both RV and tent camping and is the only State campground we have stayed at that offers FHU including sewer. The friendly lady who checked us in said that sewers were added due to the fact the campground was full most of the Summer and it better served the environment. There is a camp store, laundry, and bathhouse facilities also on the property. Fishing along the shoreline of the James River is just across the entry road, and we are within walking distance (500 yards) of the beach on the Atlantic side. Campsites can be reserved online, and a front row spot offers beautiful sunset views as well as a look at the boats as they come and go under the huge new bridge separating the river from the ocean. The bridge is lit up in blue at night and is quite the sight as well. The sites run $39/night or $37 with Senior discount.
Wednesday evening we had dinner at Matt’s Fish Camp just a mile down the road. It was recommended to us as being very good. We found it to be overpriced and the lobster rolls are no comparison to what we left in Clearwater. After dinner we took a ride about 5 miles South to Bethany Beach. We were told it was less touristy than Rehoboth Beach. What we did find is that you paid to park anyplace you wanted to stop. Parking lots, streets, side roads, and beach access lots. It made us appreciate more all of the free parking along the beach in Myrtle Beach. We drove back into Rehoboth Beach where Niki treated us to hot fudge sundae nightcaps. Life is good.
Thursday afternoon we had lunch at Bob Evans, stopped in the Tanger Outlet shops (specifically Yankee Candle), and then went in search of the famous Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Parking meters everywhere or No Parking signs otherwise. $1.50 for each hour of parking. We visited some shops, walked on the Boardwalk, took some photos, and had dessert at Cold Stone Creamery. On the way back to the State Park we stopped to find out more about “The Towers” – tall concrete affairs of which we had seen several along the beaches.
There were 11 “Towers” built along the Delaware Coast between 1939 and 1942. They were manned with observers on watch for enemy ships during WWII. The Towers were arranged in such a way that a triangulation between 2 or more towers could give gun emplacements at Forts Delaware, DuPont, and Mott an accurate point at which to shoot, if needed, to protect Delaware Bay and shipbuilding in Philadelphia and Wilmington. There are current fund raising efforts locally to repair and protect these historical buildings.
On another note we stopped to ask one of the beach gate tenders what the story was on the numerous roads through the beach berms designated for vehicles and surf fishing. We thought we might take the truck out on the beach. We were told it was strictly passage for surf fishermen with a proper license. He would gladly sell us one -[- it’s only $130 for out-of-State visitors. We decided to pass on that idea.
Tomorrow we travel into New Jersey and will be staying in a campground near Atlantic City. We hear another Boardwalk calling. We leave this Delaware State Campground knowing we found a winner and both recommend it and rate it very high for anyone wanting to visit the Delaware Coast area. We talked with our neighbors from PA who have been coming here twice a year for many years and love it. The neighbors on the other side of us come to fish, and that’s just a short walk across the road, and the sandy beach awaits within walking distance in the other direction.
Still having fun and very happy you’re along with us,
Jack, Niki, and The Kids
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