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Warm, golden sunrise at peaceful and sandy Bethany Beach

Best Beaches in Delaware for Summer Vacation

With over 60 miles of beaches in Delaware, choosing the best one isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Located just 15 minutes from the coast in historic Milton, we know which beaches to gravitate towards for a fun-filled adventure, and where to go for serenity and peace. We even know which ones will offer you the best chance of seeing dolphins. So follow along as we take you on a tour of the best beaches in Delaware for summer vacation.

Broadkill Beach

Located only 5 miles away from our B&B, Broadkill Beach offers a serene and picturesque escape for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts alike. The pristine shores stretch for miles, inviting visitors to take leisurely strolls, sunbathe or snooze in the sand, and simply relax to the soothing sound of waves.

Nestled within the boundaries of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, be sure to explore the area. You might spot migratory ospreys and herons gracefully gliding over the marshes, or you could catch a glimpse of elusive foxes and deer darting through the dunes. The unspoiled natural elements combine to create a peaceful oasis for a memorable experience you’ll want to relive again and again.

Rich orange sunset over the Atlantic ocean at Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Rehoboth Beach is THE place to experience coastal Delaware. Offering a wide and sandy beach, it’s the quintessential beach experience with a long, rich history of fun and adventure for people of all walks of life. You’ll also love the beach’s proximity to restaurants, shopping, arcades, and even Funland, a small amusement center tucked between shops with a front-row view of the Atlantic Ocean. This local treasure is the perfect place to rediscover your inner child while you’re soaking up the sunshine!

In addition to the many nearby food and entertainment options, Rehoboth Beach provides plenty of public restrooms, rental stations for chairs and umbrellas, and foot wash stations. You’ll find everything you need and want, including high energy at what the locals call “The Boardwalk.”

Sandy Dewey Beach on a summer day with blue skies, soft clouds, and nearby beach houses.

Dewey Beach

If you’re looking for the beach party scene, then Dewey Beach is the ideal place to be. Dewey is notorious for its high energy, and that includes the beach, where beach goers surf and skim the waves. What’s more, fun bars like the Starboard, Rusty Rudder, and Woody’s are located within walking distance of the beach. You’ll find pool floats and beach paraphernalia hanging from shop entrances and sidewalks full of people walking around with beach hair – all amidst the sounds of scents of beach life. Dewey is definitely your best bet for adult fun.

Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a charming coastal town known for its pristine beaches and family-friendly atmosphere. The clean and well-maintained beach is a beautiful stretch of soft sand, perfect for leisurely walks, building sandcastles, or soaking up the sun. The calm waters make it an ideal spot for swimming and playing in the water. One of the highlights of Bethany Beach is its scenic boardwalk lined with quaint shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlors. You’ll love the laid-back and welcoming ambiance. Bethany Beach also hosts various family-oriented events and activities throughout the year, including live music performances and movie nights on the beach.

Overlooking treetops to the sandy beach at Cape Henlopen State Park on a sunny summer day.

Gordons Pond Beach

Situated in Lewes is Gordons Pond Beach, part of Cape Henlopen State Park, offering both bay and ocean beaches. You’ll pay to enter the park for the day, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful natural scenery, including sand dunes, salt marshes, and pine forests.

If you’re waiting to see dolphins, then this is the beach for you! Keep an eye out and you’ll most likely see a pod of glossy gray fins gliding gently in and out of the water. There is also a dog-friendly section, so you can bring your pooch for some R&R too. In fact, if Fido is part of the vacation, then be sure to check out our list of dog-friendly beaches.

At Gordons Pond Beach, You’ll have access to ample parking and port-a-potty restrooms. If you get antsy, then head to the trailhead to explore the park and get in touch with nature. Choose from swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and exploring historic sites like the Fort Miles Historic Area. Don’t miss the observation towers from World War II.

Fenwick Island State Park

If you’re willing to travel a little farther, then add Fenwick Island State Park to your list of beaches to visit. This secluded beach offers miles of undeveloped shoreline – an excellent choice for nature lovers and those seeking a quieter beach experience. The park also provides opportunities for fishing, crabbing, and birdwatching.

Aerial view of deep blue rectangular inground swimming pool surrounded by a stone deck with plants and furniture

Best Delaware Beach Accommodations

Located in Milton, DE, just a short drive from area beaches is Mansion Farm Inn. You’ll love our peaceful setting, saltwater pool, daily breakfast, and warm hospitality. Call us at 302-664-2540 or book online to schedule your summer getaway near the best beaches in Delaware. After checking into one of our comfortable guest rooms, drop your bags, slip into your bathing suit, and head straight to where the sand meets the ocean. At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you find yourself at a beach while vacationing here in Delaware. Dig your feet into the sand, tilt your head to the sky, and feel the ocean breeze flow around you as the sun melts the frown from your face.

Updated June 2023

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