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Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes beach guide

Headed to the beaches bordering the Rehoboth/Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean? Let this guide help you navigate the area’s most exciting summer activities, best restaurants and can’t-miss events.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more beach news, traffic and weather, visit WTOP’s Summer Beach Guide section.

Live entertainment and great eats at the beach

WTOP's Megan Cloherty

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WASHINGTON North of Bethany Beach, Delaware, is the final stretch of oceanfront destinations in the WTOP Summer Beach Guide: Dewey, Rehoboth and Lewes.

The three neighboring beach towns are only separated by a few miles of land, but each maintains its own sense of place.

Visitors can find beach bonfires and a legendary night life scene in Dewey; Rehoboth is home to a mile-long boardwalk and some of the area’s best restaurants; and those seeking a complete escape from the hustle and bustle head to Lewes for its quiet beaches and charming, historic town.

Best of all: The three towns are within a few minutes from each other by car.

Headed to the beaches bordering the Rehoboth/Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean? Let this guide help you navigate the area’s most exciting summer activities, best restaurants and can’t-miss events.

Don’t Miss

Big Oyster Brewery is one of the many craft breweries in the Rehoboth Beach area. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
  • Shopping: No beach guide for Rehoboth and Dewey is complete without a mention of outlet shopping. Tanger Outlets draws a large crowd looking to take advantage of the state’s lack of sales tax — especially on rainy days. For smaller, independent stores, head to downtown Rehoboth and downtown Lewes.

Food

Food lovers will feel right at home in the area. Rehoboth, alone, has more than 100 restaurants, and Lewes has its share of cute and inviting eateries. 

The Rehoboth Beach farmers market operates Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer; the historic Lewes farmers market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the summer.

Activities and Events

  • June Festival: Rehoboth is celebrating first responders with its “Beach Goes Blue … Red & White, Too” festival, complete with a 5K run, sports events on the beach, live music and more.

Rainy Days

Don’t let bad weather get you down. In addition to outlet and boutique shopping in the area, here are some other entertaining activities:

  • Peruse the selection at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth and pick out your next beach read.
  • Explore Rehoboth’s Silver Lake neighborhood for a change in scenery. Walk along the lakefront and take in the views of the beautiful homes.
  • Lefty’s: This indoor bowling alley, arcade and laser tag arena is a great hangout for adults and kids, alike.
It's going to be a sweet — and savory — summer at the beach

WTOP's Megan Cloherty

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How to Get Around

Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, says metered street parking is at a premium during the summer months.

Can’t find parking? The bus and trolley are great options. Rehoboth and Dewey Beach are also bike-friendly. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

She suggests taking advantage of the town’s Park and Ride shuttle, which makes stops at the outlets, the boardwalk, and Dewey and Lewes beaches.

The Jolly Trolley runs throughout Dewey and Rehoboth Memorial Day through Labor Day, and visitors can purchase a parking permit at the visitor’s center for additional parking options.


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