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Dewey BeachUnited States of America

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

We love staying at the Delaware beaches in the fall.  The weather is perfect and the crowds are gone after the summer season.  

You can surf fish on the beach and dogs are welcome, so everyone can have a great time.

Rehoboth by the Sea

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

While visiting Rehoboth by the Sea, you might make a stop by sights like Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

Rehoboth by the Sea

Top Hotels in Dewey Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
3 out of 5
1301 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE
The price is $109 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in Dewey Beach, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Baycenter for the Performing Arts and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Dewey ...

4.4/5Excellent! (952 reviews)

"Great staff and very clean! We even got late check out!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
The Dunes Rehoboth Beach
The Dunes Rehoboth Beach
2 out of 5
20902 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, DE
The price is $119 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Ann Acres, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Tanger Outlets is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (137 reviews)

"Basic beach motel. Receptionist was pleasant and check in was easy. Wish it had more of a secure locks and maybe a door chain since first floor doors are right at ground level facing parking lot and close to main route."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

The Dunes Rehoboth Beach
Beach House Dewey
Beach House Dewey
2.5 out of 5
1710 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, DE
The price is $79 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Rehoboth Beach Museum. Tanger Outlet Mall and Tanger ...

3.9/5Very Good! (290 reviews)

"Very clean and maintained!! Just steps away from the beach! Will definitely be going back in the future :)"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Beach House Dewey

Vacation Rentals in Dewey Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ocean Block Dewey Beach and Pet Friendly!
Ocean Block Dewey Beach and Pet Friendly!
Dewey Beach, DE
The price is $250 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Rehoboth by the Sea, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dewey Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and Tanger Outlets. John ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
Great getaway cottage!

"This was the perfect place for a quick beach getaway for our small family. Julie was very accessible and helpful as we planned our stay. Hope to return to Dewey Beach in the future!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Ocean Block Dewey Beach and Pet Friendly!
Private Cottage Steps to the Beach-just Four Homes Back From the Dunes & Ocean
Private Cottage Steps to the Beach-just Four Homes Back From the Dunes & Ocean
Dewey Beach, DE

Situated in Dewey Beach, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dewey Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and Tanger Outlets. John ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Great Time

"It’s a great location and very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Private Cottage Steps to the Beach-just Four Homes Back From the Dunes & Ocean
One Bedroom Suite 1 Block From Ocean and Bay Steps Away From Everything!
One Bedroom Suite 1 Block From Ocean and Bay Steps Away From Everything!
Dewey Beach, DE

Situated in Dewey Beach, this romantic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dewey Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and Tanger Outlets. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great long weekend

"Just wanted to say thank you to Marc for allowing us to be able to stay in his place. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. We all thoroughly enjoyed the place. The location was perfect as we could go paddle boarding one block to the left, then swimming in the Ocean one block to the right. Our dog ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

One Bedroom Suite 1 Block From Ocean and Bay Steps Away From Everything!

Popular places to visit in Dewey Beach

Ocean City Beach
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Ocean City Beach

4.5/5(1,615 reviews)

Swim in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, relax on soft white sands or stroll by the arcades and shops on the exciting boardwalk at this family-friendly city beach.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
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Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

4.5/5(971 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, a well-known attraction in Rehoboth Beach. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Lewes Beach
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Lewes Beach

4.5/5(363 reviews)

Sandwiched between Delaware Bay and the town of Lewes is mile after mile of white sand that attracts beachcombers and sunbathers.

Maryland Beach
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Maryland Beach

4.5/5(557 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maryland Beach, a popular beach in Ocean City. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its lively bars.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk
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Bethany Beach Boardwalk

4.5/5(410 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bethany Beach Boardwalk, one of the top monuments in Bethany Beach. Stroll along this family-friendly area's beaches, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Sunset Beach
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Sunset Beach

4.5/5(494 reviews)

Find serenity on one of New Jersey’s best beaches, where glistening jewels lie hidden in the sand and an old wreck is part of an unusual and beautiful view.

Top things to do in Dewey Beach

Guided Kayak Excursion
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Guided Kayak Excursion

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Sunset Dolphin Watch from Cape May
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Sunset Dolphin Watch from Cape May

$35
Per adult
Stand Up Paddleboard Rental
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Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

$20
Per adult
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Cape May
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Cape May

$45
Per adult
Dolphin Watching from Cape May
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Dolphin Watching from Cape May

$35
Per adult
Ocean City Scavenger Hunt: Making Waves in Ocean City
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Ocean City Scavenger Hunt: Making Waves in Ocean City

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Dewey Beach

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
137
5 - Excellent 55.24193548387097%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.516129032258064%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 4.435483870967742%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.4032258064516129%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4032258064516129%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Beware of the Mexican restaurant. Not much open so we ended up there for awhile. Like it should be on an episode of Bar Rescue!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

We love Dewey/rehobeth/lewes. Always a great time, relaxing, and pet friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Susan

Oct 15, 2019

Best beach location on the coast. Quiet, dog friendly, no boardwalk noise or crowds. Easy to get to all points for shoppong and dinning.

5/5 - Excellent

Libby

Oct 14, 2019

Dewey Beach in October is great fun. Often days are warm enough to lay on the beach. Nights cool enough for bonfires. Columbus Day weekend is Greyhounds Reach the Beach which is awesome. It used to also be Dewey Goes Pink which livened up everything

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Crab cakes at Woody’s. That and the ocean. What more could you need?

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Not sure if we missed it but did not see any faucets/water spigots to wash off sand. Also, PLEASE RECYCLE.

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