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
The price is $69 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in Dewey Beach, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Baycenter for the Performing Arts and Dewey Beach. John Waples Memorial Playground and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (779 reviews)
"Carpets in hallway needs to be shampoo. i am going to same place, like it. but every time carpet in hallways dirty"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Gold Leaf Hotel of Dewey-Rehoboth Beach
The Bay Resort
The Bay Resort
2.5 out of 5
126 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach, DE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, and Rehoboth Beach Museum. Cape Henlopen ...
4.2/5Excellent! (279 reviews)
"Gréât location."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

The Bay Resort
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
3 out of 5
1301 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE
Fully refundable
The price is $125 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Dewey Beach, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Baycenter for the Performing Arts and Dewey Beach. Indian Beach and John Waples Memorial ...
4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Dog friendly, boardwalk area, shuttle to Rehoboth Beach, dining options, breakfast"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
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.
Dewey Beach Condo - Walk to all Things Dewey!
Dewey Beach Condo - Walk to all Things Dewey!
Dewey Beach, DE
The price is $149 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Situated in Dewey Beach, this property is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Dewey Beach and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Baycenter for the Performing Arts ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Will be going back!
"Perfect little condo - close to the beach, nicely appointed, lovely welcoming neighbors that are permanent residents. Ben was great - responsive and caring. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Dewey Beach Condo - Walk to all Things Dewey!
10 Chicago Street - 10 Bedrooms - 91/2 Path Ocean Block w/ Pool
10 Chicago Street - 10 Bedrooms - 91/2 Path Ocean Block w/ Pool
Dewey Beach, DE
This family-friendly Dewey Beach vacation home is located in Rehoboth by the Sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Tanger Outlets ...
5/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Can’t beat the location
"We enjoyed every second of our vacation. This was by far the best location we’ve had for our annual family/friends trip. With 4 families with 2+ kids each, this house had plenty to do, plenty of space, and was the perfect combo of comfort and fun. It’ll be hard to top the pool and ping pong ..."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

10 Chicago Street - 10 Bedrooms - 91/2 Path Ocean Block w/ Pool
Beach Retreat Located in the Heart of Dewey!
Beach Retreat Located in the Heart of Dewey!
Dewey Beach, DE
Situated in Dewey Beach, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Dewey Beach and John Waples Memorial Playground. Baycenter for the Performing Arts and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Mini beach family vacay
"We only stayed for 2 nights in the property. The house was exactly what we needed. The property manager Gaeysha was right on top of responding to the questions I had. We wanted to be close to the beach so the location was spot on. The only thing the listing does not mention is this is the highest ..."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Beach Retreat Located in the Heart of Dewey!
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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