Since I was a little girl, I have visited Rehoboth Beach, Delaware almost every summer. We were fortunate to own a beach house in nearby Dewey Beach, so we would spend at least a week or two at the beach each summer, along with weekends in the spring and fall. I have continued this tradition with my kids, and we have created our own family memories. Although I have been to many beaches over the years, I am always drawn back to Delaware. It has certainly earned its nickname as the “Nation’s Summer Capital.” Here are three good reasons why you should consider a vacation at Rehoboth Beach, along with some local tips to make the most out of your visit.
In addition to all the great reasons listed above, it’s always nice to get some inside tips on places to go and things to do, so here is my short list.
⇨ Spend a day at Cape Henlopen State Park in nearby Lewes, Delaware if you are looking to get away from the summer crowds. Most beach goers at this popular park tend to cluster their umbrellas close to the main entrance and the bath house. However, once your feet hit the sand, take a short walk in either direction to find a wide open beach with lots of space to spread out. There is a small fee to enter the park. Nearby Lewes Beach, on the Delaware Bay, is perfect for small kids with its calm waters and wide beach. Be warned that the parking lot may fill up as the day goes on, so try to get there early.
⇨ Consider renting Sunday night through Friday in nearby Dewey Beach. Although the weekend population can often swell to thousands over the summer, during the week, the beaches are a bit quieter. Watch free movies on the beach all summer long on Monday nights (the schedule for 2015 is already posted), or bring your marshmallows and enjoy the Wednesday night bonfires. Dogs are welcome on the beach in Dewey before 9:30 and after 5:30 during the summer season. Just be sure to purchase a Dewey Beach dog license.
⇨ Take a detour for some farm-fresh ice cream. As you are driving in or out of town, stop by Hopkins Farm Creamery in Lewes for some of the best homemade ice cream. It’s worth the detour, you just have to get used to the farm smell!
⇨ Stop at Gooey Donuts in Milton on your way to Rehoboth. Voted the best donuts in Delaware by the Food Network, you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to try. So far my favorite is the salty caramel!
⇨ And finally, take advantage of the tax free shopping both in downtown Rehoboth and at the outlet stores. Just be warned that traffic to the outlet centers on rainy days can back up for miles. It’s best to go shopping early in the day or in the evening.
Updated May, 2017