An easy drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, Rehoboth Beach has become Delaware's premier family and young professionals resort, and also is perfect for romantic getaways.
A one square mile town situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth's 1,485 full-time residents greet more than 2.7 million visitors per year who come to stroll its boardwalk, shop its tax-free outlet stores and sample its singles and gay-friendly nightlife. Unlike nearby Dewey Beach which attracts the twenty-something, partying, group house set, Rehoboth is known for its family atmosphere and professional, thirty-to-forty-something crowd that still knows how to have a good time on a vacation or weekend getaway.
Rehoboth's main attractions are its bustling, mile-long boardwalk and shop-filled, pedestrian-friendly downtown. The wide boardwalk stretches the length of Rehoboth Beach and pulses with activity during the summer as families, bathing-suit clad singles and people watchers of all forms rent parasails, play games and browse the boardwalk's oceanfront restaurants and shops. The downtown area boasts more than 100 eateries and funky, locally-owned furniture, jewelry and art shops along wide, walkable Rehoboth Avenue.
In recent years, Rehoboth has established itself as a popular community for alternative lifestyles. Many of the accommodations and businesses are gay-run and operated. Although the beach is beautiful, it is somewhat shallow—so be prepared for crowding in the summer. Besides, lodging at Rehoboth Beach is the place to see and be seen. Stroll its mile-long boardwalk and strut your stuff! Most everything is accessible by foot.
Through September, ride the Jolly Trolley to the outlets or lay on the beach. In the off-season, browse the shops on Rehoboth Avenue, stroll the boardwalk or relax at one of the many cozy B & B’s. Don’t miss the bandstand concerts year-round, the Jazz Festival in October and the Film Festival in November.
Rehoboth is Delaware’s Atlantic City—without the casinos!