Hi DE Experts! Like a lot of visitors to this forum, I am looking forward to a first trip to the DE beaches area and am looking for some guidance. In particular, because my budget is moderate, I'm wondering about the downsides of renting further inland.
I'm planning for Memorial Day, which I now begins the high season. There are a couple of places (mostly found through realtors) that are within a couple of blocks to the beach, but these are smaller and older than what's available further inland. They appear to have been well used over the years, and I'm afraid I might be a little turned off when the home aren't sparkly clean.
Further inland, there are more modern looking options that appeal for the sparkly clean factor. But some of what I've read about traffic makes me nervous. How bad/noisy is the traffic around Memorial Day? Are these inland neighborhoods not pleasant for a sit on the porch or for a stroll? I see on maps lots of small inland lakes and bays that could be pleasant for walking, but maybe that's not the case. If the inland neighborhoods are great for sitting/walking outdoors, but the only downside is having to drive/bus to the beach, I'm fine with that. But if they are far from the beach/boardwalk and have less than zero charm and you wouldn't want to be outdoors, I'd rather go towards the beach where some of us can have better walks.
I know water temps won't be great, but will it take forever in Memorial Day traffic to get to beach from some of the inland developments? (On the topic of water temps, Jungle Jims is not heated is it? I hear they open Memorial weekend, but isn't the water still cold?!)
For reference, the inland places I'm thinking of are places like: The Tides, Eagles Landing, Spring Lake, Edgewater Park, Keys of Marsh Harbor, Canal Corkran...
We will be a family of 4-6 adults and one 3 year old. We'd like to grill and play outdoors (yard, playground, etc). Proximity to the beach is nice, but not paramount, esp. since one of us will be very pregnant (with twins) and so may not make the walk to the beach even if it's 3-4 blocks away! Hence, I'm willing to go further inland.
But if these developments are a thumbs down, please advise! Maybe there is a reason that they all have pictures of EMPTY community pools and tennis courts. Maybe no one wants to be outdoors in these heavy traffic areas?