There is something magical about the beach – a real smorgasbord for the senses. Who doesn’t love the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the warmth of sand between your toes, and the smell of salty sea air. And, with many beaches within a two- to three-hour drive from the Lehigh Valley, it’s easier to go “down the shore” than you might think. Here are some of the best beach towns New Jersey and Delaware have to offer.
- Stone Harbor, NJ: With its small-town charm, laid-back shopping district and a variety of restaurants, Stone Harbor offers fun for your human and furry family. The beaches here are uncrowded compared to many of the other New Jersey beaches and are within walking distance of a downtown filled with cute boutiques and a variety of cuisines. Take your furry family to romp the sands (with a leash, of course) between 80th and 83rd streets.
- Spring Lake, NJ: You might want to skip the beach when you visit Spring Lake. This impeccably clean town is centered around a spring-fed lake. The beach’s two miles of pristine sand is bordered by the longest non-commercial boardwalk in the state.
- Cape May, NJ: This restored Victorian town, which is somewhat reminiscent of Martha's Vineyard or Cape Cod, is the furthest point south on the New Jersey beaches – and the furthest from the Lehigh Valley - but is worth the trip.
- Rehoboth Beach, DE: Nothing in life is free – except the beaches in Rehoboth. A wide, wooden boardwalk with shops, restaurants and an amusement center, lines the 1 ½ mile long beach. Rehoboth Beach is widely recognized as one of the most gay-friendly beach towns in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Lewes and Cape Henlopen State Park, DE: The beaches in Lewes are as varied as they are long. From the calm waters of the Delaware Bay to the car-friendly beaches in the state park, these beaches are uncrowded and unspoiled. If you need a break from the surf and sand, a 20-mile long bike path rolls through the marshes and farmland offering views of the sand dunes, watch towers and a fort from World War II.
- Dewey Beach: This town’s motto “Dewey Beach: A Way of Life”, is as famous among families as it is among young adults. The shoreline of Dewey has a wide, sandy beach with several beach hotels, cottages, and condos for short and long-term rentals.
Let’s not forget about some of the beautiful lakes close to the Valley, including Lake Nockamixon and Lake Wallenpaupack. Located in tranquil Bucks County, Nockamixon State Park is a popular destination for boaters and anglers. Lake Wallenpaupack, located in the Pocono Mountains, is a 5,700 acre, 13 miles man-made lake that is a popular option for boaters and fishermen alike.
So, when that first hot, humid day hits the Valley, keep in mind that the refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean and cool lake breezes are not that far away.
– Tracie Spence, Business Support Administrator
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