Delaware has almost thirty miles of coastline but inlets, bays and mouths of rivers provide an additional 350 miles of shoreline for recreational opportunities. The three Delaware Counties all have beaches which draw tourists, mostly in the summer season. The most famous and well-attended beaches are in the southernmost of Delaware’s counties. These beaches are generally uncrowded.
You can find historical sites of interest, deep sea fishing,
boardwalks, golf, shopping and nightlife depending on which of the beaches you choose for a vacation. Major beach resort towns in Suffolk County include Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach
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|Middlesex Beach DE
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Bethany Beach has been known for more than one hundred years as a great location for a quieter, family style vacation. Many families with school-age children stay at Bethany Beach and make short jaunts to expend the excess energy on the boardwalks, arcades and rides at Ocean City and Rehoboth. Depending on the time of name, Bethany Beach provides sunbathing, beachcombing, kite flying, swimming, and surf fishing. Other local activities, beach related or otherwise include, clamming, crabbing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. In the evening, you can stroll, listen to music under the stars or enjoy the nightlife in the clubs and dance halls.
Dewey Beach has long had a reputation as a hot spot for pre college-start frolics by thousands of college age students. The town is working to change that image but there are still traffic snarls caused by throngs of visitors moving along the main thoroughfare from one bar to the next. The town is also famous for its water activities, including the national competition for skimboarding each year.
Fenwick Island prides itself on being a quiet alternative to Ocean City, New Jersey. Fenwick Beach is the southernmost beach community in Delaware. The Fenwick Lighthouse and dozens of water related recreational opportunities draw visitors to the area for beach combing, historical tours and general relaxation.
Lewes is the oldest city in the state of Delaware. It is noted for deep sea fishing and for its historical points of interest. Careful preservation of the buildings which provide the heritage of the city gives the tourist interested in walking tours to view fine old buildings much of interest.
Rehoboth Beach is known as the nation’s Summer Capitol because of the large number of Washingtonians who visit here during summer months. In addition to its Boardwalk and related amusements, Rehoboth Beach has reinvented itself as a shopping mecca with hundreds of factory outlet stores lining the entrance to the city.
Big Stone Beach is just one of the beach front locations along the central Delaware shore. The beaches in Kent County are relatively uncrowded so you can enjoy the beachcombing, sunning and swimming in areas where there are lifeguards. Nearby Bowers Beach is also a popular seashore destination.