Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes beach guide

Visitors can find beach bonfires and a legendary nightlife 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.   (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
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. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Even on a gray day, the bright orange and yellow mural on one of the many Sea Esta Motel buildings welcomes visitors to Dewey Beach. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Even on a gray day, the bright orange and yellow mural on one of the many Sea Esta Motel buildings welcomes visitors to Dewey Beach. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
This photo shows a pair of pug dogs getting a taste of Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Although dogs are not permitted on the beach or boardwalk from May 1-Sept. 30, it’s otherwise a dog-friendly destination, with a number of businesses offering treats and accommodations. Kohr Bros. custard is designed for human consumption but doting owners might try offering their dogs the peanut butter-flavored custard. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi) (AP/Linda Lombardi)
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Lewes is full of boutique shops and restaurants and has the small town quiet feel lost in nearby Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (WTOP/Judy Taub) (WTOP/Judy Taub)
The Starboard, in Dewey Beach, is famous for its night life scene. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Can you taste the taffy? So many sweets wait for you at Dolle's Candyland. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Can you taste the taffy? So many sweets wait for you at Dolle’s Candyland. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes offers calm beaches, surrounded by woodlands. There’s a great bike path from the park to Rehoboth, with fishing areas along the way. Take a tour of the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse or catch a ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes offers calm beaches, surrounded by woodlands. There’s a great bike path from the park to Rehoboth, with fishing areas along the way. Take a tour of the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse or catch a ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Beer lovers will have a ball at the beach. In Rehoboth, there’s the Dogfish Head Brewpub, Revelation Craft Brewing and Big Oyster Brewery. Lewes is home to Crooked Hammock Brewery, and Dewey has the Dewey Beer Co.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Beer lovers will have a ball at the beach. In Rehoboth, there’s the Dogfish Head Brewpub, Revelation Craft Brewing and Big Oyster Brewery. Lewes is home to Crooked Hammock Brewery, and Dewey has the Dewey Beer Co. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)    (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Take a tour of the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse or catch a ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May. (AP Photo/Dan Gill) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/DAN GILL)
Some info that you’ll want before diving into the waters at Rehoboth Beach. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
There are at least 70 flavors posted at The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and manager Heidi Belote said come summer, there will be more than 100. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Alex Papajohn and his wife just relocated from Richmond, Virginia, to the beaches and enjoy tasting the new flavors at The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Looking for a fun night out with live music and fresh-squeezed crushes? There’s no shortage of options — especially in Dewey Beach. The Rusty Rudder is a favorite among locals and visitors.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Music lovers flock to Bottle & Cork for its nightly lineup.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
These crabs point you in the direction of some shopping or take a break on the bright red bench. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)  
Grab a cup of coffee at The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe or at its sister location, Schell Brothers Coffee House.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Peruse the selection at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth and pick out your next beach read. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
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Visitors can find beach bonfires and a legendary nightlife 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.   (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Even on a gray day, the bright orange and yellow mural on one of the many Sea Esta Motel buildings welcomes visitors to Dewey Beach. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
(WTOP/Judy Taub)
Can you taste the taffy? So many sweets wait for you at Dolle's Candyland. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Live entertainment and great eats at the beach (WTOP's Megan Cloherty)

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 )

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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