Bumper Sticker Backstory: Beach initials

21 Mar

I don’t know when or why bumper stickers with a place’s initials became a thing, but it’s quite a national phenomenon. In DC, everyone has one for the beach they go to. The closest beaches are about three hours away in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. I’ll talk more in depth about them as summer approaches but, for now, here’s a quick rundown of the initials you’ll see on someone’s car and what it says about them.

AI = Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia. Known for camping amongst wild ponies and for a lighthouse.

BB = Bethany Beach, Delaware. Known as a family beach.

CI = Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Also known for wild ponies.

DB = Dewey Beach, Delaware. Big party scene, even had its own TV show, which could have easily been mistaken for Cops.

FI = Fenwick Island, Delaware. Low key and less crowded.

OC = Ocean City, Maryland or New Jersey. Ocean City, Maryland is closer to DC, but people from New Jersey will often make the longer trip. Ocean City, MD is a huge resort town with towering condo buildings and a boardwalk that attracts people from all walks of life.

= Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Perhaps one of the best known beaches on the mid-east coast, has good restaurants and a large gay population.

One Response to “Bumper Sticker Backstory: Beach initials”

  1. avaerewyck March 22, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Semi-related story: I might’ve put an “RB” sticker on my car, except that my car died on the way to Rehoboth, about three weeks after I moved to D.C. That was nearly five years ago. Today, I still haven’t replaced that car – and that’s what I blog about: http://nocargo.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/how-i-became-car-free/

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