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.
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.
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.