Delaware, the "First State" of the United States, is home to some of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the East Coast. From the bustling boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach to the tranquil shores of Bethany Beach, there's a beach just for you in Coastal Delaware. Here's your ultimate guide to exploring these coastal gems.
Known as the 'Nation's Summer Capital,' Rehoboth Beach is a vibrant seaside town. The mile long boardwalk, lined with eateries, boutique shops, and attractions, is the heart of the town.
- Activities: Surfing, paddle boarding, dolphin watching, shopping, and strolling the boardwalk.
- Events: Sea Witch Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.
- Dining: Numerous restaurants and cafes, including Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Thrasher’s French Fries.
2. Dewey Beach
Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay, Dewey Beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Whether it's jet skiing, windsurfing, or paddleboarding, there's an activity for everyone. The nightlife here is buzzing with live music venues and beachfront bars.
- Activities: Watersports, skimboarding, live music at beach bars.
- Events: The annual Dewey Beach Arts Festival, skimboarding competitions.
- Dining: Places like The Starboard, Two Seas, and Jimmy’s Grille.
If you're looking for a quieter retreat, head to Bethany Beach. It's known as one of the 'Quiet Resorts' and is perfect for those seeking peaceful shorelines and a slower pace. The Bethany Beach Nature Center offers excellent trails for nature lovers.
- Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and exploring the town center.
- Events: Bethany Beach Bandstand summer concerts, Fourth of July parade.
- Dining: Local spots like DB Fries and Bluecoast Seafood Grill.
Situated on the Delaware-Maryland border, Fenwick Island is another 'Quiet Resort.' It's home to the Fenwick Island State Park, a great spot for surf fishing, and sunbathing. Don't forget to visit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse for panoramic views.
- Activities: Visit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, explore Fenwick Island State Park, and go crabbing or fishing.
- Events: Occasional craft fairs and farmer's markets.
- Dining: Harpoon Hanna's and Catch 54.
5. Lewes Beach
History buffs would enjoy Lewes Beach, the site of the first European settlement in Delaware. Besides its historical significance, it's also a great spot for dolphin watching and offers calm waters.
- Activities: Visit the historic district, explore Cape Henlopen State Park, or go on dolphin watching tours.
- Events: British Motorcar Show, Historic Lewes Farmers Market.
- Dining: Striper Bites, Agave, and The Buttery.
6. Delaware Seashore State Park
Just south of Rehoboth, this state park features six miles of ocean and bay shoreline. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, you can also go clamming and crabbing.
- Activities: Camping, fishing, surfing, sunbathing, and hiking.
- Events: Nature and educational programs by park rangers.
- Dining: Big Chill Beach Club.
Each beach along Coastal Delaware has its unique charm and offerings. Check the local guidelines and regulations, especially regarding parking, pets, and safety. Also, help protect local wildlife by keeping beaches clean and respecting nesting areas. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of history, Coastal Delaware Beaches offer something for everyone.
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