2018 Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes beach guide

Fins Raw Bar is a popular restaurant in Rehoboth. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
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)
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Lewes is full of boutique shops and restaurants. It has the small-town, quiet feel lost in nearby Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (WTOP/Judy Taub) (WTOP/Judy Taub)
A quiet day on the beach, just ahead of the busy summer season. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
An $11.5 million passenger terminal for the Cape May Lewes Ferry opened Thursday June 7, 2001, in Cape May, N.J. The terminal includes a glass enclosed bridge which connects to the ferry as well as a art gallery, gift shop, out door playground and miniature golf course. (AP Photo Chris Polk)
The perfect day trip? Jump on the 90-minute ferry from Lewes to Cape May, a Victorian seaside town in New Jersey. (AP Photo Chris Polk) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/CHRIS POLK)
The Starboard, in Dewey Beach, is famous for its night life scene. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
This June 2013 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)
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)
Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes, Delaware is a popular beach brewery. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes, Delaware, is a popular beach brewery. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
And so is Revelation Craft Brewing, located in West Rehoboth. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
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)
Some info that you’ll want before diving into the waters at Rehoboth Beach. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
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)
Grab a cup of coffee at The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
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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)
(WTOP/Judy Taub)
An $11.5 million passenger terminal for the Cape May Lewes Ferry opened Thursday June 7, 2001, in Cape May, N.J. The terminal includes a glass enclosed bridge which connects to the ferry as well as a art gallery, gift shop, out door playground and miniature golf course. (AP Photo Chris Polk)
Can you taste the taffy? So many sweets wait for you at Dolle's Candyland. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes, Delaware is a popular beach brewery. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

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

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. All three are home to a growing craft brewery scene.

Best of all: The three towns are within a few minutes of 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

  • 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.
Right near the bandstand and the boardwalk in downtown Rehoboth is Thrasher’s, a popular spot for hot french fries. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

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

  • The 3rd Annual Beach Goes Red, White & Blue Event: On June 9, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Delaware’s police officers, firefighters, paramedics and military members. Entertainment and programming takes place around the Rehoboth bandstand, beginning at 11 a.m.

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.

How to Get Around

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

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.

Two new options for accommodations are coming online for the season, including Hotel Dewey (formerly the Sea Esta III). Crosswinds Motel in downtown Rehoboth recently added rooms and amenities.

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