The First State
Across Delaware Bay from Cape May, the Delaware shore is considerably quieter and more peaceful than New Jersey’s. Both shores, originally settled by Scandinavian whalers who established port colonies here in the early 1600s, share a common history. But because the Delaware shore is that much farther from the urban centers, it has been spared the overdevelopment of much of the rest of the coast.
Nevertheless, Delaware’s statewide population doubles in summer as visitors from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., descend upon its coastal resorts, from historic Lewes to lively Rehoboth Beach to the untouched sands of Delaware Seashore State Park, stretching south to the Maryland border.