North of Bethany Beach, Delaware, is a triple-town stretch of oceanfront Delaware destinations: Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes Beach.
The three neighboring beach towns are only separated by a few miles of land, but each maintains its own sense of place.
Headed to the beaches bordering the Rehoboth/Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean? Let WTOP’s Guide to Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes help you navigate the area’s summer activities, best restaurants and can’t-miss events.
How do Dewey Beach, Rehoboth and Lewes differ?
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.
Rehoboth Beach restaurants you need to try
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.
Go to:Henlopen City Oyster House on Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth. It’s hard to pick just one oyster joint, and if you’re OK with spending lots of money, you have a ton of choices in Rehoboth that won’t let you down. WTOP went with this one this year because it has all the seafood you could want, including an extensive raw bar, as well as the ambiance you look for in a nice restaurant. Plus, it’s the kind of cuisine you think about when you go to the beach.
Take your kids to:Nicola Pizza. Come on, Nicobolis are iconic. You always find a way to get at least one. And then you scheme how to get some frozen ones home. Nicola has two locations on 1st Street and Rehboth Avenue.
Go here for the first time:The Pines just opened on Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth. It’s an Italian restaurant that opened over the winter. One of the owners is a former minor league player with the Baltimore Orioles from the area. The Rehoboth Foodie, who knows the restaurant scene there as well as anyone, rates it highly.
You probably haven’t tried this place, but you’ll wish you did:Justin Thyme, on the Forgotten Mile between Rehoboth and Dewey. Just trust us.
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 Delaware’s lack of sales tax — especially on rainy days. For smaller, independent stores, head to downtown Rehoboth and downtown Lewes. New to Rehoboth in 2019 is Ish Boutique, which is popular in Ocean City, Maryland. 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.
The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk: Rehoboth’s mile-long boardwalk (and surrounding streets) is lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. Pick up some saltwater taffy at the famous Dolle’s Candyland, grab a refreshing scoop of ice cream at the appropriately named Ice Cream Store, spring for a slice of pizza at the iconic Grotto Pizza or some hot fries from Thrasher’s. There are free concerts at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand at 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays during the summer. And the kids will love the rides and games at Funland in Rehoboth.
Rehoboth’s 4th Annual Beach Goes Red, White & Blue Event: On June 8, 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.
Fresh fruits and veggies: The Rehoboth Beach farmers market operates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in the summer. The historic Lewes farmers market runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at George H.P. Smith Park and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Crooked Hammock Brewery in the summer.