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Bethany Beach
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Bethany Beach which includes a sandy beach, a small town or village and general coastal views

This quiet resort town is famous for its seafood restaurants, clean beaches and quaint village charm.

Originally founded as a religious vacation destination, Bethany Beach has retained its laid-back atmosphere, earning it the nickname, the “Quiet Resort.” It offers extensive beach access and small-town charm and has become one of Delaware’s most popular oceanfront destinations.

Most of the town’s activities center on its public beach. The one-mile (1.6-kilometer) length offers a clean shorefront that is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and playing volleyball. On sunny days, the Atlantic Ocean attracts people for kayaking, windsurfing, boating and surfing. Even if you don’t want to risk getting wet, you can look for dolphins and enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the boardwalk, which runs parallel to the beach.

During the summer, the beach is a prime spot for entertainment, hosting concerts, movies and other events. Free Bandstand performances are a weekly tradition.

The quaint downtown is packed with souvenir stores and antique shops where visitors can enjoy tax-free shopping. Bethany Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which pair the fish of the day with ocean views. If you want to catch your own dinner, charter a boat and spend the day deep-sea fishing.

The commercial area is very close to the beach, so join other visitors exploring by bike or on foot. From Memorial Day to September, you can also ride in style, courtesy of the town’s old-time trolley.

Take a fun daytrip, driving a few minutes south, to Fenwick Island Lighthouse where you can explore the celebrated structure and learn about its history in the onsite museum. Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park are popular favorites for their campgrounds, pristine shorefront and extensive networks of walking trails. Children will delight in the Bethany Beach Nature Center, which hosts educational programs and has a variety of short nature trails. Adults can enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses in the area.

Route 1 runs directly through Bethany Beach, making the town easily accessible by car. The nearest major airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, located 120 miles (190 kilometers) northwest.

Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
39642 Jefferson Bridge Rd., Bethany Beach, DE
The price is £79 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Town Museum and Captain Jack's Pirate Golf ...
4.3/5Excellent! (947 reviews)
"Well run, clean and nicely priced hotel with ample parking. Close to beach."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach, an IHG Hotel
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
3 out of 5
99 Hollywood Ave, Bethany Beach, DE
The price is £207 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Bethany Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Museum and Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and Captain Jack's ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (342 reviews)
"The location was amazing, right on the beach! They're also pet friendly, so we got to bring our pup, who enjoyed the beach as much as we did :) The only downside is that our room had ants that gathered around our dog's kibble bowl every time we put it down on the floor... Not sure if that's just ..."

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Unit #508 Farragut House Road, Bethany Beach, DE
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Situated on the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Museum and Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and Captain Jack's Pirate Golf ...
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Unit #508 Farragut House Road, Bethany Beach, DE
Situated on the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Museum and Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and Captain Jack's Pirate Golf ...
Sea Colony Ocean 5th Floor Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Sauna, and Pool
Bethany Beach Cottage W/porch, 400 Yards to Beach!
Bethany Beach Cottage W/porch, 400 Yards to Beach!
603 Hopetown Road, Bethany Beach, DE
Located in the heart of Bethany Beach, this beach condo is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Bethany Beach Boardwalk. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
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"Cute place to stay and clean . But is not 400 yards from the beach!"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

Bethany Beach Cottage W/porch, 400 Yards to Beach!
Fifth Floor Oceanfront Condo With Shared Pool & Hot Tub, Ocean View, & Free Wifi
Fifth Floor Oceanfront Condo With Shared Pool & Hot Tub, Ocean View, & Free Wifi
502 Annapolis House, Bethany Beach, DE
Situated on the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Museum and Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Chief Little Owl Totem Pole and Captain Jack's Pirate Golf ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect solo getaway
"Loved this cosy apartment for my solo getaway! The view right onto the ocean was everything!!! Easy access to the beach for long walks along the crashing surf. Check-in process was too much (emails, texts, documents to sign, check-in required off-property) just to park and stay two nights. Note the ..."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Fifth Floor Oceanfront Condo With Shared Pool & Hot Tub, Ocean View, & Free Wifi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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