Dewey Beach, DE

Travel Guide
Dewey Beach showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
This small coastal Delaware village is known for its scenic beach, exciting nightlife and proximity to nature reserves and state parks.

Located on a thin strip of land less than two blocks wide, Dewey Beach is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay. No matter where you are in this compact Delaware village, with a population of less than 500, the beach is always just a short walk away.

Dewey Beach is known for its nightlife and public events, including live music and festivals. Spend an evening hopping between nightclubs and bars after enjoying a seafood meal at restaurants that line the town’s street. During the summer Dewey Beach hosts a range of activities from outdoor movies to community bonfires. Come in late September for the Dewey Beach Music Conference, which brings up-and-coming artists to the area for a weekend of concerts.

Stroll a few minutes up the waterfront to the picturesque village of Rehoboth Beach, which is defined by its relaxed atmosphere and variety of restaurants and brewpubs. Save room in your suitcase for what you may bring home after a trip to Rehoboth’s Tanger Outlets. Dozens of factory stores here offer discounted prices. If you’re looking for a more boutique shopping experience, the village of Dewey Beach offers souvenir shops and locally run stores.

Enjoy some peace and quiet a few minutes south of Dewey Beach at Delaware Seashore State Park, which features 6 miles (10 kilometers) of pristine beaches. Bird watchers will relish an excursion to nearby Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The protected area is widely considered to be the best wetland habitat along the Atlantic. Cape Henlopen State Park, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Dewey Beach, has a World War II-era observation tower where you can get panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The park also offers activities such as disc golf on an 18-hole course, kayaking and horseback riding.

Dewey Beach is a two-hour drive from Philadelphia. Come by ferry from New Jersey. Rent a car to explore the nearby beaches and wildlife parks.

Where to stay in Dewey Beach

Gold Leaf Hotel of Dewey - Rehoboth Beach
Gold Leaf Hotel of Dewey - Rehoboth Beach
2.5 out of 5
1400 Coastal Highway One, Dewey Beach, DE, 19971-2410
The price is $66 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this beach hotel in Dewey Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Liked location, walking distance to beach and local restaurants. It was much nicer when breakfast food and beverages were available."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

The Bay Resort
The Bay Resort
2.5 out of 5
126 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach, DE, 19971
The price is $89 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
Stay at this motel in Dewey Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (416 reviews)
"This was my third time staying at the Bay and I love it. We will be back in the spring time again."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Surf Club Oceanfront Hotel
Surf Club Oceanfront Hotel
2 out of 5
1 Read Avenue, Dewey Beach, DE, 19971
The price is $129 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this beach hotel in Dewey Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (571 reviews)
"We had an amazing stay at the surg club ocean front hotel! The location was easy to get to and within seconds of the beach! We had an ocean view on our room that was absolutely beautiful. The parking was easy and we were able to park right by the stairs to our room. We'll definitely be staying here ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

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.
Luxury Condo With An Amazing Location & Views. 1 Block Away From The Beach!!
Luxury Condo With An Amazing Location & Views. 1 Block Away From The Beach!!
Dewey Beach, DE
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Dewey Beach. Enjoy an outdoor pool, a water park, and WiFi. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (102 reviews)
Fantastic stay
"The condo was very clean, had a great view and wonderful pool and the location was perfect - an easy one block to the beach. Tania was very responsive and a great host."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Quiet Gem
Quiet Gem
6 Venetian Drive, Dewey Beach, DE, 19971
Stay at this vacation home in Dewey Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a patio. Popular attractions John Waples Memorial Playground and Thompson Island ...
Dog Friendly Gorgeous Penthouse condo with quality linens provided.
Dog Friendly Gorgeous Penthouse condo with quality linens provided.
Dewey Beach, DE
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Dewey Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Baycenter for the Performing Arts ...
5/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Great location, beautiful place
"Jason was great to work with and answered all of my questions right away. The place is great and in a nice location. Loved the thoughtfulness of the white noise machine. Kitchen had everything you’d need. Couldn’t have asked for more!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

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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