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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Cape Henlopen, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Cape Henlopen...

Cape Henlopen is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Cape Henlopen changes significantly year round. The temperature ranges from 3.3°C (38°F) in February up to 23.8°C (74.8°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 13°C (56°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Cape Henlopen is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Cape Henlopen?

The current water temperature in the month of January at Cape Henlopen is about:
4°C (39°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in proximity to Cape Henlopen. The closest one is Naval Jetty, which is 2.6km (3.8miles) away from Cape Henlopen. Click here for directions and for more information on Naval Jetty and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Cape Henlopen are Rehoboth-Main, which is approximately 6.1km (3.8miles) away, and Dewey Beach, located 7.4km (4.6miles) from Cape Henlopen.

Are there any other beautiful beaches located close to Cape Henlopen?

Yes, there are several nice beaches in close proximity to Cape Henlopen. The closest one is Lewes, which is only 3.1km (1.9miles) away from Cape Henlopen. Another gorgeous beach near Cape Henlopen is Henlopen Acres, which is 5.4km (3.4miles) away.

What wetsuit is recommended for Cape Henlopen?

The water temperature at Cape Henlopen is warm, reaching up to 24°C (75°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a thin top or a jumpsuit might be required to stay in the water for extended hours, but some might even be fine without a rashguard or 1mm top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Cape Henlopen. Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, temperatures reach lows of nearly 3°C (38°F). In this season, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to feel not too cold, but some people might even be ok with a very high-quality 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to carry a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Cape Henlopen?

Due to comparatively large water temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and Scuba diving conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (38-47°F) during winter. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. The conditions typically change during summer when water temperatures go up to 19 to 24°C (66-75°F). Fish that can often be found in waters with these temperatures include: Bigeye Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Spotted Seatrout, and White Marlin.

Directions to Cape Henlopen: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Cape Henlopen...

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