Bethany Beach is part of the Quiet Resorts, a seven-mile stretch of sandy, Atlantic ocean beaches in the southeastern corner of Delaware that also includes South Bethany and Fenwick Island.
Guarded by its famous totem pole, Bethany Beach’s ocean beaches offer many recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, surfing and boogey board and raft riding.
On the bay side in Bethany Beach, the waters provide safe places for sailing, windsurfing, jet skis, fishing, crabbing, water skiing and boating.
At night, everyone in the family can find something to do with shops, restaurants, basketball and volleyball, video arcades, or just walking Bethany Beach’s 1/2-mile long boardwalk.
The summer season is full of events in Bethany Beach, including regular concerts and performances on the boardwalk bandstand in the center of town, the annual Fourth of July Parade, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s annual Boardwalk Arts Festival, Lord Baltimore’s Coastal Music & Arts Festival and Surf Fishing Tournaments.
Dewey Beach to the south is a natural sandbar community that boasts an ocean on one side of the street and a bay on the other. This area is popular for water sports such as skim boarding, windsurfing, and catamaran sailing. Sunsets over the bay provide a romantic atmosphere and enhance the nightlife. Located adjacent to Dewey Beach is the Delaware Seashore State Park. Here you will find a long stretch of natural beach that offers several areas for four-wheel vehicle access and surf fishing. A popular activity is treasure hunting on the beach with metal detectors.
The resort offers beautiful white sandy beaches and natural dunes that abound with vegetation and wildlife. The surrounding beach parks offer visitors a chance to feel alone with the sand and surf. Cape Henlopen State Park offers open shoreline which is excellent for crabbing, surf fishing, swimming or walking. This beach is the home of the highest sand dune between Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod. This “great dune” rises over 80 feet above the shoreline. The park also houses the famous “walking dunes” and colonies of shorebirds. If you like to observe from above, a refurbished World War II observation tower is open to the public and is a featured stop on nature walks. In late fall Gordon’s Pond offers bird lovers an opportunity to observe the many wildlife species such as osprey, piping plover, and occasionally an American bald eagle.
The largest of Delaware’s Atlantic resorts traces its origins to 1873, when the grounds of the Rehoboth Beach “Camp Meeting Association of the M.E. Church” were established.
Fishing, swimming, basketball and volleyball, beachcombing and strolling the mile-long boardwalk are just a few of the activities on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Off the beach, Rehoboth Beach offers bandstand concerts, a convention center, shops of all kinds, outlet shopping, restaurants, amusements, and an exciting nightlife.