A surfing vacation in….Delaware? Yes! There are enough surf spots along Delaware’s coastline to challenge surfers of all abilities. Because it is easy to access Maryland’s surf spots, many surfers who come to surf Delaware also check out neighboring breaks.
Surfing is one of the more popular summer sports on Delaware and Maryland’s Atlantic shorelines. Hot and humid summer weather draw residents and tourists alike to the water, so during peak season, some beaches can get crowded. Both Maryland and Delaware have a few beaches designated solely for surfing, which can alleviate user conflict issues.
There are surf shops scattered along the coast; many are open year round, and offer rentals and surf lessons for aspiring surfers. Boogie boarding is also very popular with tourists, and boards can be rented at surf shops and other retailers. Boogie boarding is appealing to many visitors because they can be used at most beaches, while surfers must stay in areas reserved for surfing.
When conditions are good, these surf spots shouldn’t be missed:
Rehoboth, during south swells. Jetties can create fun waves, and close by Dewey Beach can also get good surf.
Lewes, during strong south swells with west to southwest winds. Long rides can be had, and this wave can be great for beginners.
Indian River Inlet, north and south sides. The north side waves can be long and mushy, making it a good place to learn. Big swells from the south can produce excellent waves for the experienced surfer. The south side is typically best for boogie boarding, but when conditions are perfect, big hollow tube rides may form. These waves can be on par with the best waves in Hawaii! Another great destination for surfing is Florida. Florida vacation rentals are perfect for anyone that wants to surf or even learn to surf.
Fenwick Island, on any swell angle when the winds are right. The waves can vary from being perfect for beginners and challenging for advanced surfers.
Ocean City, Maryland has ten miles of beach, and often has good waves but the break can be crowded so follow proper etiquette.
Assateague Island, Maryland, with twenty miles of beach. It is a great place to learn, but when the swell gets huge (during hurricane season), Assateague attracts serious surfers.