Drive-on beaches are a Delaware tradition

May 31, 2022

Now that the unofficial start of summer has arrived, the drive-on beaches at Delaware state parks will begin to fill up every weekend. The issue has been in the spotlight the last several years, with the state limiting surf-fishing passes. In this image from 1930, Tilly Van Trump (Beasley) and her cousins enjoy a day on the beach in Rehoboth. It doesn’t appear they have a fishing line in the water, though.  


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