Camping in Delaware is one of the most popular activities for local families. That shouldn’t be a surprise, because the Delaware State Park system makes it incredibly easy for even novice campers to step out into the wilderness, with yurts and cabins in nearly every state campground. Primitive sites are available, too, so those looking for the most authentic camping experience won’t be left out. Previously we’ve talked about the
best tent camping in Delaware and the best cabins in Delaware, and now we’ve decided to tackle the best places for beach camping in Delaware. Check out our list below, and start planning your next sandy getaway.
1. The Cottages at Indian River Marina
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There's a reason that
National Geographic Traveler
featured the Cottages at Indian River Marina - this might be the best place to camp in Delaware. Each cabin sleeps 6 and provides you with everything you need for a weekend away - including electricity, a full bathroom and kitchen, and a fireplace! The Delaware State Parks website has a
360 degree panorama
that will give you a great idea of what you're signing up for.
You're just steps away from paradise.
A short walk to an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean, or an even shorter walk to the marina front waters - it's up to you. Whichever path you choose to take, it'll be sandy and warm, and lead you to beautiful water. Camping in Delaware doesn't get much more perfect than this.
Bring your sense of adventure, because you'll need it.
After waking up refreshed from your stay in the glamorous cottages, get ready to hit the water to kayak, windsurf, or go fishing. The day is yours, make the most out of it!
Learn more about what's offered at the Cottages at Indian River Marina, including their rates and how to reserve your spot,
2. The Resort at Massey's Landing
This brand new resort will blow you away with its amenities - it's the most well-planned campground I've ever seen! Private beaches, pools, and every amenity you can think of, without removing the primitive side of camping.
The Beach Front Cottages are are perfect for "glamping"
Beach camping in Delaware just got luxurious. Enjoy a beach front view in one of the beautiful beach cabins - which sleep seven people on a variety of bed sizes. If you're looking to camp with a full kitchen, bathroom, and complete heat/air conditioning, Massey's Cottages are perfect for your group.
On your own little private beach, you'll have a grill and a fire ring alongside your picnic table. Massey's also offers pet-friendly cottages.
Or you can get primitive with their paddle-in tent sites.
Accessible by Kayak or Canoe only, enjoy your own personal waterfront camp site, where you can pitch a tent and settle in for the night. These sites are a great option if you're looking to get a little more adventurous with your crew.
For more information on Massey's Landing, visit their website
3. Delaware Seashore State Park
Wake up to the sounds of the shore when you're camping just 200 yards from the ocean. Delaware Seashore State Park is the place to go if you'd like to pitch a tent or park your RV and disappear for a weekend into the salt air.
Wake up early and catch the sunrise over the ocean, and see the sun set behind you hours later - all from the same spot.
Steps away from the Inlet and the beach means that the day is yours - stroll along the sand, wade in the salt water, or cast your lines off of the Marina rocks. The possibilities here are endless for the beach lover, and camping in Delaware will become your new favorite summer activity.
It doesn't get much better than this.
Summer bonfires on the beach with your closest friends - this takes the annual camping trip to an entirely new level. There's a reason that Delaware Seashore State Park is the most visited one - the beaches, trails and activity make it suitable for everyone.
You can learn more about camping at Delaware Seashore State Park, including how to register for a tent or RV site and what events they're hosting throughout the summer, on their
4. Cape Henlopen State Park
At all of the campsites that Cape Henlopen offers, you're just a short stroll to one of the nicest beaches Delaware has to offer. And you'll certainly feel like you're beachfront when you can hear the sounds of the sea and feel the sand in your toes everywhere that you go.
You can rent one of the cabins within the park...
...and live a little luxuriously. These aren't quite as glamorous as the Indian River cottages, but they're more comfortable than a tent for novice campers.
Or pitch a tent in the quietest section of the park.
If you wake up early enough, before the other campers start their days, you'll be able to hear the waves crashing on the beach. Absolutely amazing.
Camping at Cape Henlopen State Park"
is easy to set up by contacting the park office at (302) 645-8983.
No matter where you decide to rest your head, you’ll be happy with the feel of the salt air and the sandy footprints around your campsite if you choose any of the above great places to go beach camping in Delaware. Where is your favorite place to pitch a tent?