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Fenwick IslandUnited States of America

Delaware’s little seaside paradise is a hidden treasure for fishers, surfers, sailors and vacationers.

Measuring one-half mile (under 1 kilometer) at its widest point, Fenwick Island separates the protected coves of Little Assawoman Bay from the wild Atlantic Ocean. This buzzing little coastal town sits on a narrow peninsula of the same name on Delaware’s mostsoutheastern point. Fenwick Island prides itself on being a year-round destination that invites visitors to enjoy its extensive beachfront activities and ocean and inland views.

Avoid the vacation crowds of Fenwick Island’s neighboring towns and hit the beach for fantastic fishing, crabbing, sailing, surfing and swimming. If the fish aren’t biting at Little Assawoman Bay, walk five blocks and try your luck in the surf on the Atlantic coast. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches and swim in the Atlantic surf. The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol keeps the beaches safe from May through September.

Fenwick Island offers plenty of adventures for solo explorers and families alike. Rent a kayak or windsurfer and discover the beaches along the Fenwick Island State Park coastline. Skipper a yacht and sail around the Seal Island Preserve bird sanctuary in Little Assawoman Bay to Lighthouse Cove to see the historic Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Sail to Cedar Island and try your luck finding treasure buried by pirates, according to local legend. Learn about Delaware’s marine history at the free DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. On warm summer evenings, watch the sun set over the mainland and enjoy fresh local seafood from one of the many restaurants along the peninsula. In the winter, enjoy family activities inside a cozy beachfront cottage or bundle up and venture outside to watch the powerful Atlantic surf.

Reach Fenwick Island by car along Route 1 or Route 113 in summer to avoid traffic. Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport is approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) away by car and has regular flights from Charlotte and Philadelphia. This coastal town is most active in the summertime, but Fenwick Island’s residential community also makes it a warm and hospitable destination in the colder months.

Top Hotels in Fenwick Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
2 out of 5
1401 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE

Located in the heart of Fenwick Island, this beach motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fenwick Island Beach, Ocean City Beach, and Maryland Beach. DiscoverSea Shipwreck ...

4.1/5Very Good! (171 reviews)

"Everything was a quick walk away! Close to the beach and food for easy take-out. The pool was small, but never too crowded. The rooms were clean and smelled good. While we stayed, staff payed special attention cleaning other rooms making me feel that they did the same with mine prior to me checking ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Seaside Inn
Fenwick Islander Motel
Fenwick Islander Motel
2 out of 5
Rt 1 & South Carolina Ave., Fenwick Island, DE
The price is $124 per night

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Fenwick Island Beach, Ocean City Beach, and Maryland Beach. DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum and ...

3.8/5Good! (257 reviews)

"Very friendly desk attendant and the room was clean. It was a nice hotel and I would definitely stay there again on my next trip."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

Fenwick Islander Motel
East of the Sun, Fenwick Island, DE, Elegant Getaway Close to Ocean City, MD
East of the Sun, Fenwick Island, DE, Elegant Getaway Close to Ocean City, MD
Fenwick Island, DE

This family-friendly Fenwick Island condo building is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Transpeninsular Line Marker, Ocean City Beach, and Maryland ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Wonderful!

"Good Location. Nice Pool to enjoy. Beautifully decorated. Easy access. Nice rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

East of the Sun, Fenwick Island, DE, Elegant Getaway Close to Ocean City, MD

Popular places to visit in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island Lighthouse
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Fenwick Island Lighthouse

4.5/5(42 reviews)

If you imagine a lighthouse with a classic style, this brick structure that has dominated the shoreline of Fenwick since 1858 might be close to what you picture.

Ocean City Boardwalk
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Ocean City Boardwalk

4.5/5(1,896 reviews)

Discover a diverse collection of specialty stores, arcades, amusements, restaurants and bars on this classic wooden boardwalk on Ocean City’s waterfront.

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.

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)

The family will enjoy a trip to Bethany Beach Boardwalk, a favorite attraction in Rehoboth Beach. Visit the shops in this walkable area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Top things to do in Fenwick Island

Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay

$55
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Kayak Excursion
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Guided Kayak Excursion

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
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
3-Float Package
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3-Float Package

$138
Per adult
Floatation Therapy
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Floatation Therapy

$46
Per adult

Cities near Fenwick Island

Ocean City Boardwalk which includes rides

Ocean City

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

Bethany Beach

Rehoboth Beach featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a beach

Rehoboth Beach

North Ocean City

North Ocean City