Bethany Beach, DE

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Bethany Beach which includes a small town or village, general coastal views and a beach

This quiet resort town is famous for its seafood restaurants, clean beaches and quaint village charm.

Originally founded as a religious vacation destination, Bethany Beach has retained its laid-back atmosphere, earning it the nickname, the “Quiet Resort.” It offers extensive beach access and small-town charm and has become one of Delaware’s most popular oceanfront destinations.

Most of the town’s activities center on its public beach. The one-mile (1.6-kilometer) length offers a clean shorefront that is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and playing volleyball. On sunny days, the Atlantic Ocean attracts people for kayaking, windsurfing, boating and surfing. Even if you don’t want to risk getting wet, you can look for dolphins and enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the boardwalk, which runs parallel to the beach.

During the summer, the beach is a prime spot for entertainment, hosting concerts, movies and other events. Free Bandstand performances are a weekly tradition.

The quaint downtown is packed with souvenir stores and antique shops where visitors can enjoy tax-free shopping. Bethany Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which pair the fish of the day with ocean views. If you want to catch your own dinner, charter a boat and spend the day deep-sea fishing.

The commercial area is very close to the beach, so join other visitors exploring by bike or on foot. From Memorial Day to September, you can also ride in style, courtesy of the town’s old-time trolley.

Take a fun daytrip, driving a few minutes south, to Fenwick Island Lighthouse where you can explore the celebrated structure and learn about its history in the onsite museum. Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park are popular favorites for their campgrounds, pristine shorefront and extensive networks of walking trails. Children will delight in the Bethany Beach Nature Center, which hosts educational programs and has a variety of short nature trails. Adults can enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses in the area.

Route 1 runs directly through Bethany Beach, making the town easily accessible by car. The nearest major airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, located 120 miles (190 kilometers) northwest.

Where to stay in Bethany Beach

Hotel Bethany Beach
Hotel Bethany Beach
2.5 out of 5
39642 Jefferson Bridge Rd., Bethany Beach, DE, 19930
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $121 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bethany Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Rooms are nice and clean. Would return"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Hotel Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
3 out of 5
99 Hollywood Ave, Bethany Beach, DE, 19930
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $254 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Bethany Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (422 reviews)
"Great customer service."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Bethany Beach, DE
Stay at this beach condo in Bethany Beach. Enjoy an outdoor pool, a beach locale, and a water park. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
Great location loved the view
"We totally enjoyed our stay at this condo. It was clean, the view was perfect and it was as advertised! Matt helped us immediately w a small hiccup we had getting into the condo itself. We would definitely recommend it!"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2021

Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Bethany Beach, DE
Stay at this beach condo in Bethany Beach. Enjoy an outdoor pool, a beach locale, and a water park. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
Great location loved the view
"We totally enjoyed our stay at this condo. It was clean, the view was perfect and it was as advertised! Matt helped us immediately w a small hiccup we had getting into the condo itself. We would definitely recommend it!"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2021

Oceanfront Classy Condo at Sea Colony
Sea Colony Townhouse w/Enclosed Deck, Gas Grill, WiFi, Shared Pools, Hot Tubs
Sea Colony Townhouse w/Enclosed Deck, Gas Grill, WiFi, Shared Pools, Hot Tubs
Bethany Beach, DE
Stay at this resort in Bethany Beach. Enjoy an indoor pool, a water park, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Bethany Beach Boardwalk and Maryland Beach are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Ron
"It was a great property. Me and my friends plan on going back. It was a great 2 bedroom place with a huge living room for relaxing. We loved it and a very close drive to Ocean City without all the noise!"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Sea Colony Townhouse w/Enclosed Deck, Gas Grill, WiFi, Shared Pools, Hot Tubs
Sea Colony 5th floor condo w/ tennis court, elevator, and gym - ocean view!
Sea Colony 5th floor condo w/ tennis court, elevator, and gym - ocean view!
Bethany Beach, DE
Stay at this condo in Bethany Beach. Enjoy an indoor pool, a beach locale, and a water park. Popular attractions Bethany Beach Boardwalk and Town Museum are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Nicely decorated
"Back at Sea Colony after 30 years and it was a delightful week. Property has aged well a d this unit was nicely updated."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Sea Colony 5th floor condo w/ tennis court, elevator, and gym - ocean view!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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