Welcome to Delaware
Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, but its
narrow borders hold significant diversity. During the American
Civil War, the citizens of Delaware were split in their loyalties,
and even today, the state seems to have two distinct identities,
one taking its cue from the industrious North, the other following
the relaxed pace of the South.
In northern Delaware, the rolling, wooded hills of the
Brandywine Valley provide a captivating backdrop to the state's
colonial history, refined elegance and industrial prominence. It
was here that the du Pont family built its empire, harnessing the
river for gunpowder mills in 1802. But the du Pont legacy includes
a commitment to the community as well. It lives on today in the
mansions, gardens, museums, libraries and parks established by the
family over the years and now open for visitors to enjoy.
Wilmington is Delaware's largest city, which grew along with the du
Ponts' fortunes. It and nearby upmarket towns like Hockessin and
Greenville offer the smart shops and boutiques, trendy nightspots,
historic pubs and excellent restaurants-Mediterranean cuisine is a
specialty, due to the city's large Italian community-visitors would
expect from bigger cities on the northern East Coast. Most
residents of Wilmington and its surrounding areas identify with
their northern neighbours. It is not unusual to hear them describe
themselves as living not in Delaware but 'just south of
Central and southern Delaware have a decidedly different
flavour. Small towns are surrounded by farmland. Charming bed and
breakfasts take the place of grand hotels. In Dover, the quiet
state capital, visitors might see Amish buggies travelling
alongside regular traffic. A strong connection with the environment
is apparent, as outdoorsmen revel in waterfowl hunting and
fishermen take advantage of the many inlets and tidal marshes that
crisscross the region. The sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean
are popular destinations and cater to all tastes, from sleepy
Bethany Beach with its large family homes to livelier Rehoboth with
its boardwalk and outlet shopping malls-even more enticing, as
Delaware is sales-tax free.
Information & Facts
Delaware has a humid and temperate climate with hot and humid
summers and cold winters. Summer months are also the wettest with
August receiving the most rainfall. Winters are dry, but cold with
snow. The southern part of the state is generally milder than the
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).