Vacation Hotspots in Delaware: Best Beaches on the East Coast

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Although the state of Delaware has only 5 total towns along the ocean, it does have some of the best kept beaches on the East Coast. There is usually at least one Delaware beach in a year that will win a “blue beach award” for being one of the best kept beaches on the coast. Below, this article looks at each of the beach towns that make up the Delaware shoreline and what each has to offer for a vacation.

  1. Lewes Beach — This is actually the first town constructed in Delaware and since Delaware is the first state this is a first of a first. There is some history in the town to explore with an old church and a few museums. The town is very quaint and is generally considered a little on the expensive side to shop. The town offers several good restaurants along with some specialty shops to explore. One interesting feature about the town is that they have regular ferries that go across the Delaware bay and dock in Cape May, New Jersey. You have the choice of either taking your car across on the ferry or riding your bike. The boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes to travel one way across the bay. The beach in Lewes is actually a park named Cape Henlopen State Park that you have to pay admission to in order to access the beach. The price is usually around $5.00 per car daily but is a little cheaper for in state visitors.
  2. Rehoboth Beach —This is the biggest and best known beach in Delaware. The town has a very good amount of restaurants and shops to explore. The town also offers a boardwalk that is over a mile long. There are numerous food stands, arcades, gift stores and even a small amusement park along this boardwalk. You will have no trouble finding additional things to do with numerous water slides, go-carts, mini golf and a large movie complex for entertainment. One of the biggest attractions are the 3 outlet centers on the outskirts of town. There are more than 100 stores to shop from. They are usually open until 9pm daily. There are also numerous rentals places to basically get anything you may be interested in such as bikes, scooters, fishing poles, crab traps and scuba gear to name a few. The town and the surrounding area offer tons of hotels and houses to rent but you will want to book in advance as it can be difficult getting rooms on short notice during peak season. This is definitely the beach that is most family oriented in the state. If you are planning to drive into the Rehoboth area to spend a day at the beach, expect to pay at least $5-$6 in quarters because every parking spot is metered in the town. You get roughly 10 minutes per quarter so you might want to start saving your change now.
  3. Dewey Beach — Considered the “College Town or the “Party Town”. The town is actually only a few blocks long but there are numerous nightclubs/bars crammed into this small community. Some of the biggest and well known nightclubs are the Starboard, Coconuts, and the Rusty Rudder. This town attracts generally a younger crowd with ages between 21-27 being the common age. The town does not have a great amount of hotels so booking early is definitely key here. Beach access is free right in town but a little outside town is Dewey Beach State Park which charges you a fee to enter the beach (usually $5.00 daily).
  4. Indian River — This area is not a town at all but is actually a large campground that has access to two different beaches. By staying at the campground then you get free access to the beaches. Otherwise, expect to pay $5.00 for daily access. The two beaches are divided by a waterway where the bay meets up with the ocean. On the right side is the family oriented beach and is the one that is used most. On the left side is the surfing beach where the waves are generally higher. This beach also allows dogs on it.
  5. Bethany Beach — Generally considered a small quiet beach. Bethany offers a small town with a very small boardwalk. If you are looking for action or things to do with the family then this beach might not be the one for you. There is not too much to choose from in the entertainment area in the town either. There are only a few restaurants to choose from too. This beach is an ideal place if you want a quiet relaxing vacation.
  6. Fenwick Island — This is the last beach in Delaware and is considered the start of Ocean City, Maryland. This area is very built up with lots of hotels, restaurants and shops. It is very hard to determine where Fenwick Island ends and Ocean City actually begins. Even though these places are in Ocean City you are close enough to visit them when staying in Fenwick. The very best bar at the beach- Seacrets- is one nightclub you do not want to miss. This club features lots of indoor and outdoor parts and will have live bands playing nightly along with a DJ. Other attractions include a 3+ mile boardwalk, a large amusement park, tons of shops, Ripley’s Believe it Not Musuem, lots of mini golf places and a very good variety of restuarants to choose from. There is a large amount of hotels and places to rent but this area does get very crowded during the peak season so you want to book early.

In conclusion, no matter what beach you are planning to visit in Delaware, I am sure you will have a good time. Each beach offers something different to appeal to everybody’s taste. So, go ahead and enjoy your vacation in Delaware!

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