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Details: State park beaches in Delaware and New Jersey


To Fenwick Island State Park: From Washington, take Route 50 east to Ocean City, Md., then Route 528 north to the Coastal Highway. Cross into Delaware. Fenwick Island State Park is on Route 1, to the right.

For the Jersey beaches: Take Route 1 north and follow signs to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry ( in Lewes. On the Cape May side, take Route 9 north, then right at Sea Isle Boulevard, left at Old Sea Isle Boulevard, left on Landis Avenue. Corson’s Inlet State Park is on both sides of the bridge, between Strathmere and Ocean City. For Island Beach State Park, hop on the Garden State Parkway north. Take Exit 82 to Seaside Heights, then Route 36 east and south to Seaside Park/Island Beach.


Seaside Inn

1401 Coastal Hwy.

Fenwick Island, Del.


Motel lodging, with pool and parking, close to state park. Rates from $49.

Boardwalk Seaport Inn

1119 Ocean Terr.

Seaside Heights, N.J.


Directly on the boardwalk, by the beach. Parking, light breakfast and beach tag included. Rates from $149.


Nantucket’s Restaurant

601 Coastal Hwy.

Fenwick Island, Del.


New England and Southern-style seafood by the seashore. Entrees from $30.

Hemingway’s Cafe

612 Boulevard

Seaside Heights, N.J.


Burgers (from $10), pasta, brick-oven pizzas (from $11), sushi and more upscale entrees (from $19) a few blocks from the boardwalk.


Fenwick Island State Park

Route 1, Fenwick Island, Del.


Beach pavilion has showers, toilets and snack bar. Daily 8 a.m. to sunset. $8 per out-of-state car from March 1 to Nov. 30.

Corson’s Inlet State Park

Ocean Drive

Ocean City and Strathmere, N.J.


Free to park, hike and swim; $1.50 bridge toll from Strathmere to Ocean City. Daily dawn to dusk.

Island Beach State Park

Route 35 South

Seaside Park, N.J.

732- 793-0506

Nature center and daily programs; next full-moon hike ($5) is Aug. 2. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; from 7 a.m weekends and holidays. Other times of the year: daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Nonresident admission summer only: $12 weekdays, $20 holidays and weekends.


Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.



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