Surf’s Up

Last summer, the kiddos and I made it a point to hit as many of the beaches as we could on Delmarva.

There are many, and we haven’t hit them all, yet. We are lucky we live six miles away from the closest beach. When you live on a peninsula, you are never too far from water.

One of our favorite beaches is Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. It is easy to fall in love with this beach. It is at the far end of the park, almost secluded. To get to the beach you have to walk down a path lined with trees and brush. Be forewarned there are horseflies on that path and they bite.

The horsefly bites are worth it once you see the beach. To the right are a set of rocks and a line of Jeeps and trucks. Some people are tailgating and fishing on that side of the beach. Yup, you can drive on the beach in certain areas. Kinda neat, no? You have to buy tags. The proper terminology for is surf fishing tag, so you know what you are talking about. Check with the state if you want one. Click here to learn more about the program, and where to find a tag.

In the middle of the beach, are hipster families with their dogs. To the left are another set of rocks and the surfers and skimmers with their boards. If you like to surf or skim, Herring Point is the place to go on Delmarva, well at last in Delaware. Every time we go, there always are a group taking on the waves.

Off beyond the rocks are more tailgaters and a cliff. It reminds me of California. It is beautiful. It is not crowded, and it is just a laid back beach. The waves can be a little rough, so it’s best to watch the kiddos closely. I also have not seen a lifeguard at Herring Point so if you have really young ones keep that in mind.

We love it, though, because it feels like we have stumbled upon a well-guarded secret. We could sit for hours and watch the surfers waiting to ride in the next wave or the skim boarders meeting the waves head on. The kiddos are fascinated with both. I have always wanted to learn to surf, but have always been too afraid to try. I may give it a try yet. If you are in the area, you can learn to surf at RB Surf School. Want to learn the trifecta of coolness? Alley-Oop Skim offers lessons in surfing, skimming and skateboarding. It is probably harder, but I think I could skim. I know the kiddos would love to learn.

Skim boarding is big here and it looks really cool. Skimboards are smaller than surfboards and skimboarders run into the water throw down their board and ride the waves back in.

How big is skimboarding on Delmarva? The East Coast Skimboarding championships are held here. Well, at Dewey Beach, to be exact. But, you get the idea.

But, back to Herring Point. It really is worth the trip. If you decide to come, you will need a pass to get into Cape Henlopen State Park. You can buy a pass to Delaware State Parks online. If you come to the beach a lot during the summer, it is a great value. It gets you into all of the state parks. There are a lot of parks in Delaware.

If you need a place to stay, look no further than the park. Cape Henlopen State Park offers camping sites and cottages. We may actually try camping there this summer.

If you are a day-tripper, remember to stop and pack drinks and snacks, because Herring Point is not close to the concessions at the park.

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