Fast forward to 2013 and finally we had a chance to visit again - so with her husband, Harry and our good friend Michael in tow, we packed up and headed off!
There are many 'best' things about the Delaware beaches, but the most wonderful is how incredibly clean they are - and how beautiful! Indian River Inlet is part of the Delaware Seashore State Park. My Dad discovered it many years ago when his truck run was through the Eastern Shore/Peninsula that encompasses Maryland and Delaware. He brought the family often throughout the years and we always had a wonderful time. You pay a fee for the day - per car NOT per person, out-of-stater's paying a wee bit more then in-stater's. There is a bath house with a snack shop (open only in season) and hot showers. So, you can spend a day at the beach, clean up and head out for a great dinner without feeling sweaty & sticky.
There was a good number of people on the beach enjoyed the warm temperatures but despite the crowd, it was not noisy. Dogs are also allowed on the beach (as long as they are leashed) and every dog there was well behaved and rather cute - even that one dog big enough to be a pony!
Later in the evening, we headed back to Rehoboth and re-discovered the same Mexican restaurant Lara and I ate in back in 2007! This is the first time I can say that the food was BETTER then the first time (and that first time was pretty stellar)! After we walked the boards a little and then headed back to Pennsylvania.
I can't stress enough that you really don't know what you are missing if you don't give Delaware Beaches a try. Just remember - going 'down the shore' is going to the New Jersey beaches - going to 'the beach' is Delaware all the way!