7 Spectacular Beaches In Delaware To Visit

It’s true – you deserve a vacation. It’s time to forget about your worries and your strife and relax for a week or so on the beach. So, where are you thinking? The Bahamas? The Caribbean? Bali? 

7 Spectacular Beaches In Delaware To Visit

Forget about those places! Delaware is where you want to go!

The Diamond State of Delaware boasts over 30 miles of pristine, beautiful coastline and over 300 miles of sand dune shores. 

Renowned for its range of beach destinations along the Atlantic coast, Delaware has it all.

Wide, sandy beaches and charming, characterful towns make Southern Delaware a popular tourist spot for travelers from around the country, especially those from nearby Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Whether you want to relax on the white sandy beaches or need a bit more thrill with some water sports, you will find something to suit your needs in Delaware.

Sunbathing, bird-watching, and boating are just a few of the things you can enjoy in this state.

And, we want you to grab a piece of that Delaware, sunshine action.

In today’s post, we have compiled a list of the most spectacular beaches in the Diamond state where you can explore or lounge all day with a good book.

Let’s dive right in.

Bethany Beach, Sussex County

A small coastal town located in Sussex County, Bethany Beach is much-loved for its tranquil, family-friendly atmosphere. 

If you need a relaxing vacation, with a small number of people around, Bethany Beach may be the perfect place to find inner peace.

With its white sand and calming vibe, you can simply sit back all day and let the world pass you by.

If you’re not one for sitting around all day, you can have a walk or a run along the half-mile boardwalk at Bethany beach.

Wherever you stand here, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and breathe in that salty sea air.

Nearby are souvenir shops and popular eateries to enjoy.

And, best of all, Delaware has tax-free shopping so a shopping spree is definitely called for here! You can also have fun playing mini-golf and have a go at go-karting to get some action into your vacation.

Rehoboth Beach

Lined with boardwalks and sandy beaches, Rehoboth boasts one of the best places to visit on a Delaware vacation.

Running from Henlopen Avenue to Prospect Street, you can access the beach for free and enjoy the incredible views of the ocean.

There are rinse-off showers available to get rid of that pesky sand and the overall atmosphere is very relaxed and laid-back.

You can rent chairs and umbrellas from the huts that adorn the entrances of the beach for a small price, to save you lugging your own from the car to the beach. 

This is the ideal palace for a beach picnic. But, if you want something a little more hearty, you can choose from several restaurants and bars on the Boardwalk.

A mile long, the boardwalk is also home to a number of souvenir shops and iconic Delaware food joints, such as Thrasher’s Fries and Grotto Pizza.

Rehoboth Beach is famous for its ties to the LGBTQ community and acts as a sort of hub.

A hot spot is found on Poodle Beach, down the end of Queen Street for some wild parties! There are even Drag Volleyball Tournaments on Labor Day Weekend which is always fun and great entertainment. 

Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach

If you’re looking for a place to party, Dewey Beach is the spot to visit. Two blocks wide and a mile long, Dewey Beach is located between Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Therefore, it’s a great place to enjoy both bodies of water.

Although the beach is quite narrow, there is a bountiful supply of beauty on show. Although there are no public restrooms or outdoor showers, everything is free and access is quite easy.

When you head to the bay side, you can partake in fishing, crabbing, and even clamming. There is also the opportunity to rent a boat so you and your family can peruse the waters around the bay. 

Between the ocean and the bay, you will find a rowdy little town called Dewey.

Although families can stay here, it mainly attracts younger groups of friends who stay for weekends and enjoy the nightlife in the various bars.

If you want to enjoy some entertainment, visit Bottle & Cork. For over 80 years, this has been the hub for local entertainment and a guaranteed fun night. 

Cape Henlopen State Park

One of Delaware’s most beautiful beaches is found at Cape Henlopen State Park. For only $10 per vehicle or $5 for in-state license plates, you can enjoy a whole day at one of these serene beaches.

A bath house is present providing showers and changing rooms so you can freshen up after a day on the shoreline.

And, make sure you pack that lunch so you can enjoy it at the old, iconic picnic pavilion. If you forget your lunch, you can simply buy one at the concession area instead.

As well as sunbathing and swimming in the calming waters, you can enjoy other activities in Cape Henlopen State Park.

You can do a spot of fishing and play on the 18-hole disc golf course. 

Then, there’s the wonderful local ecosystem which you can get up close and personal with as you ride your bike around the park.

In fact, you can borrow bikes for free on a first-come, first-served basis in the area. But, these are only for up to two hours at a time. 

Are you a history buff? If so, you’ll love the World War II history here. Book a tour to explore Battery 519 and finish off with a full panoramic view atop the Observation Tower. 

Lewes Beach

Situated along Delaware Bay, close to the Atlantic Ocean, Lewes Beach sits right beside Cape Henlopen State Park. 

If you’re looking for a friendly, quiet atmosphere, Lewes Beach is the place to go.

It is wonderfully charming and the calm waters of the surrounding bay make it one of the safest beaches to enjoy, especially for kids. This is why you will often find families vacationing here.

Not only that but there is an abundance of activities to do, such as boating and fishing.

And, there are many water sports to take advantage of, as well. So, you can spend the second half of the day lounging on the beach and the other half treating that adventure side of yourself! 

Fenwick Island State Park

One of the best spots for swimming and water sports in Delaware is Fenwick Island State park.  

Located south of Bethany Beach and a little north of Maryland, this state park boasts three miles of white, sandy beaches that are a swimmer’s dream come true.

This barrier island is home to bay-side beaches and overlooks Little Assawoman Bay. Here, the waters are renowned for their calmness and the sunsets are truly breathtaking. 

When heading to the ocean side, you will find areas for surf-fishing and surfing. However, you will need to buy a fishing license from the Delaware Seashore Regional Office beforehand.

This is located at the Indian River Marina.

Beach gear can be rented, such as chairs and umbrellas, and you can rent sailboats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards to take out into the bay.

And, you will always be under the close watch of lifeguards during the summer months so you will be as safe as possible.

A bathhouse with showers, a snack shack, and changing rooms are also found nearby, giving you everything you could possibly want on your day out at the beach.  

Broadkill Beach, Milton

On Delaware Bay, you will find Broadkill Beach. This is a quiet spot that is perfect for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern-day life.

Here, you can enjoy relaxing strolls and get a bit of exercise with a jog around the vicinity.

And, if you love wildlife, you are spoiled at Broadkill Beach. This area is a sanctuary for horseshoe crabs that can be seen at certain times of the year.

Most of the buildings here are vacation homes, but many people also call it home. But, because there are so many properties, you should find it pretty easy to find a rental during spring, summer, and fall. 

There is access to surfing, surf-fishing, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaking at the beach, but parking can be pretty tricky due to limited space. Therefore, the beach is usually pretty sparsely populated. More room for you and your family! 

In Summary

Delaware boasts some extraordinarily, breathtaking beaches. Whether you want a laid-back vacation or one that is filled with water activities, Delaware has you covered.

So, pack those bags and start planning your next visit to the Diamond State.

Mylene Mace