Delaware Nature April 12, 2021
This Hidden Beach Along The Delaware Coast Is The Best Place To Find Seashells
If you find yourself wanting to expand your collection, take your kids on a seaside adventure, or hunt for beautiful sea glass, but you dread the thought of fighting crowds in the resort towns, you’re in luck! Slaughter Beach, the bayside shore famous for horseshoe crabs, is also the top spot in Delaware to pick up unique seashells.
This quiet bayside beach sits at the mouth of the Murderkill River, on the Delaware Bay.
Though the name is a little concerning, it dates back to the area's original postmaster... or so they say.
Another local rumor regarding the name has to do with the thousands of horseshoe crabs that show up on the beach during their mating and migration season.
Slaughter Beach is home to more horseshoe crabs than any other beach in the world.
This beach is noteworthy for other reasons too, and was recently named the best beach in Delaware for seashells and sea glass.
Unlike popular spots along the Cape or in Rehoboth Beach, this sleepy bayside beach is a low-traffic spot, which means the best shells hang around for a bit before someone comes by to swoop them up.
You'll also find plenty of sea glass, which you can make into jewelry or home decor, and other interesting relics of ocean life washed up on the sands.
Keep an eye out for evidence of crustacean life! You might even find some fossils in the rocks and shells.
The best time to go seashell hunting is an hour before or after low tide, when there is plenty of beach to comb.
After a storm, you'll find a huge number of treasures churned up from the water laying out, waiting to be discovered.
For more information on beachcombing and tips for finding seashells and sea glass, read the
Milford Beacon’s feature piece, here. Address: Slaughter Beach, DE 19963, USA