Summer Preparations

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Delaware, we have a very large summer resort area known as the Delaware Beaches. It is an area that starts up near Milford with access to Slaughter Beach, and stretches down through Lewes, into Rehoboth Beach, and then down into Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and finally Fenwick Island. The largest concentration of vacationers flock into the Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey Beach area, which also happens to be the mecca for businesses in the resort area.

In our great state of tax free shopping, you can find pretty much anything that you could want in that stretch between these towns. From well know stores in the Tanger Outlets that stretch down Coastal Highway; like Old Navy, Rockport, Nike, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun, etc…, to the specialty retail shops that line the main streets in the towns themselves, like Downtown Cowgirl, Quiet Storm, Lewes Gifts, Kids Ketch, and dozens of others. There literally is something for everyone.

Then there are the restaurants. Aside from the well known chains such as Apple Bees, FGI Friday’s, Friendly’s, and Outback Steakhouse, our beach towns have a wealth of places to eat that will tantalize your taste buds. Places like Big Fish, Summer House, The Buttery, Stingray, and Victoria’s just to name a few.

With Spring Break upon us now, and summer coming fast, these businesses are in full tilt to prepare for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that will soon be making their way into our area. The lights in many of these shops that have been dark in the off season are coming on, and the merchandise is rolling in by the truck loads to stock the shelves. The amusement places, water parks, and stores are hiring their summer staff, and the night clubs and pubs in the area are lining up the bands that will be playing all summer long. Even the town committees are in full swing with holiday and festival preparations.

For those people that have made our beaches their annual vacation and weekend rituals, and have been coming here for years, they know the lay of the land. Chances are that over the years they have visited almost all of the shops, and have eaten in almost every one of our restaurants. They have congregated with friends, gone out on the town, taken their kids to the amusements, and staked out their spot on the beach.

What happens though with the people coming into our area for the first time, or have only been here a few times? I did a number of searches on the internet, and the information to help these people plan their vacations to our resort towns are scattered across dozens of web sites, and the information is as varied as the business in our are. Even the “visitor guides” that the chambers for the towns put out do not encompass all of the businesses, primarily because they are based upon chamber membership and paid spots.

Knowing how important the summer is to our fellow Delaware businesses in our resort towns, and in an effort to bring all of this information together, so that our visitors don’t need to spend hours searching the internet, is the driving force behind a new site we are soon going to be launching – 302 Beaches. A comprehensive guide to the beaches of Delaware.

The call is on now to our fellow business owners to submit their information to the guide, and make it as robust and powerful as possible. It is time to give our visitors one place for information, and grow our summer business.

302 Beaches – Where your summer fun begins.


About delaware302
Delaware 302 is more than an online clothing store. It's about giving Delawareans a way to express their pride about being from, or even just living in, the First State. Whether you're wearing it or displaying it on your vehicle - let the world see you are Delaware proud. But you don't have to be born here to "represent" the 302.

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