Located along the golden beaches of the Atlantic coast, the city of Rehoboth Beach is one square mile of pristine oceanfront property that makes up the largest beach resort in Delaware. The Beach is yellow sand and stretches from the famed boardwalk down to the surf. Some days there are crashing waves, and other days the ocean just ebbs in to the shore.
About the Beach
Umbrellas and beach chairs are allowed and can also be rented on the beach. There are life guards present during most of the day during beach season, and you can sit on the beach and watch for the dolphins toward the horizon. There are also some jetties about a city block apart going out into the ocean, but it is forbidden to swim near them because of occasional rip tides and undertow.
About the Boardwalk
Named by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the nation’s “10 Great Coastal Boardwalks,” the boardwalk runs along the beach and contains many of the attractions of the city. Plenty of unique shops, trendy restaurants and bars – or just sit on one of the benches and take in the scenes of visitors, the colorful beach cottages and the bright blue ocean water.
The boardwalk is a beacon of activity year-round. The city hosts festivals and events, fitness competitions and live music at the bandstand, which provides FREE entertainment for Rehoboth Beach and its visitors during summer. Foodies can also take walking food tours of the city and hit all of the hot spots along the beach.
Bicycles are permitted on the boardwalk at certain times, but biking is most popular along the roads throughout the city.
Rehoboth Beach is home to many lively and local shops, many of which can be found on the boardwalk. This includes souvenir and vintage/throwback shoppes as well as drug stores and groceries and even an occasional auction at places along the boardwalk. The thrift shops near and around Rehoboth Beach are an excellent source for antiques, collectibles, art — or just plain junk for the hoarder in all of us. The city also hosts the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, which is one of the largest farmers’ markets in the area.
Rehoboth Beach boasts a magnificent and diverse culinary scene that satisfies foodies from around the country. Diners can enjoy Maine lobster, fresh clams from around the northeast, oysters of all kinds from coast to coast, and the best crab cakes you’ll ever eat! In addition to incredible seafood, the city offers several high-end steak restaurants, bakeries with wonderful chocolate eclairs, and an assortment of cafés and coffee shops. Liquor is available at liquor stores and grocery stores.
We recommend Minh’s Bistro as one of our favorite restaurants for authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Rehoboth Beach sits conveniently located to many of the state’s parks and attractions that are just outside the city, including Gordon Pond, Cape Henlopen State Park, the Junction & Breakwater Trail (which runs through Henlopen Park), Delaware Seashore State Park, and much more. There is also a small art museum in Henlopen Acres and another cultural museum on Rehoboth Avenue out near the Inter Coastal Canal.
Visit the City of Rehoboth Beach website for more info on parks and recreation.
City Information and Insider Tips from Locals
- Parking is strictly enforced and meters are placed in all on street locations in the city limits.
- Trash is picked up on Thursday and Monday.
- Pets are not permitted on the beach or on the boardwalk.
- There is a U.S. Post Office on Rehoboth Avenue.
- The closest hospital is in Lewis on the Lewis Bay about a 20 minute drive. For emergencies, the Volunteer Fire Department (of which we are a member) responds with medics immediately.
- St. Edmunds Catholic Church is just up the street one block and the daily mass is at 8:30 and the Sunday masses are at 7, 9, 11 (these can be changed, so double-check when you arrive).
- Most fisherman go to the Indian River Outlet on the road to Ocean City. You can also fish in Rehoboth Bay. There are some bait and tackle shops in Dewey Beach on the bay. Surf fishing is permitted but not in the swimming areas. (Ask before you bring your rod and reel to the beach.)
- We do have surfing when the waves are up, but most of the best waves are near Indian River Outlet on the road to Ocean City Maryland. There is also a Ferry in Lewes that goes across the bay to New Jersey.
- For families, there are a few miniature golf courses in the area. For more avid golfers, you may be able to schedule a tee time at the local country club.