Bethany Beach, DE
Bethany Beach offers a quiet oasis on the Delaware shoreline, and works hard to maintain its reputation as a laid-back, family-friendly beach town. Here you'll find a small boardwalk (no arcades at this one, though!), a nice stretch of sandy ocean beach, a few shops, restaurants, and all sorts of watersports and attractions along nearby Little Assawoman Bay.
One of the nicest things about Bethany, however, is its location. For those who are looking for nature and less-populated beaches, Fenwick Island State Park with its three miles of beautiful barrier island beaches is nearby. Teens craving more activity will enjoy the Dewey and Rehoboth beach towns just a few miles away. If a quiet, family-friendly beach community is what you're seeking, stay right in cozy Bethany. Your kids will love playing in the surf, rollerblading down the boardwalk, and bike riding down quiet tree-lined streets.
If you're looking for a place to stay in this area, check out the following possibilities:
Sea Colony: This family-friendly condominium development has 31 tennis courts, including 4 indoor and 11 clay. There are 13 outdoor pools and two indoor pools. This huge complex is a mecca for families in the summer, and offers indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and health club facilities. Your children are certain to make many new friends here. If you're seeking beachfront units, specify that in your request. An off-ocean tennis community is also available. For more information, call (800) 732-2656 or (302) 539-6961. If you're seeking a last-minute long weekend rental, try calling mid-week to see if there are any cancellations. You can also visit their website at: Sea Colony, Beach, Delaware vacation home and condo rentals.
Bethany Arms: The Bethany Arms Motel and Apartments in Bethany Beach, Delaware, located less than a block away from Bethany's business district and fine restaurants, shops and bandstand with regular entertainment, offer a wide choice of locations including superior, oceanfront efficiency units on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware. This moderately-priced hotel offers ocean views, with two of the buildings fronting the boardwalk. You'll find kitchen facilities here as well as comfortable furnishings. For more information, call (302) 539-9603 or visit their website at: Bethany Arms Motel.
Blue Surf Motel: Located on the boardwalk, this family-owned motel is considered one of the best locations in Bethany Beach. Leave your car in the lot and trot out your door onto Bethany Beach's boardwalk and beach, or walk to Bethany's fine restaurants and shops, all within a block of the Blue Surf and its spacious, air conditioned rooms. This motel has moderately-priced rooms, most with kitchens, right next to the boardwalk. If you're seeking more privacy, ask for the oceanfront annex rooms. For more information, call (302) 539-7531 or visit their website at: Blue Surf Motel.
Westward Pines: Open year round, this small hotel- 14 units - is located in a secluded, quiet wooded area only four blocks from the beach in Bethany Beach, DE. This less-expensive motel is a five-minute drive from the beach, but the rates are very reasonable and you won't have to deal with traffic. Amenities include air conditioning (heat for those winter getaways!) 20" color TV, small refrigerators and courtesy coffee in each room. Fireplace or Jacuzzi units available. For more information, call (302) 539-7426 or visit their website at: Westward Pines Motel.
Wilgus Associates: This firm specializes in condo and home rentals in the Bethany area. For more information go to their website CENTURY 21 Wilgus Associates or call 800-441-8118.
Connor Jacobsen Realty: This firm specializes in condo and home rentals in the Bethany-Fenwick Island area. For more information go to their website www.connorjacobsen.com/rentals or call (800) 543-5550.
Crowley Associates: This firm specializes in condo and home rentals in Bethany Beach and neighboring communities. For more information go to the website Crowley Associates Realty, Inc. or call (800) 732-7433.
For those coming to this area, don't miss the ice cream at the Candy Kitchen, the go carts and waterslide at Viking Golf, Go Karts & Waterslide in Fenwick Island or the amusements at Rehoboth's Fun Land, or the big portions at The Frog House restaurant. Crabber's Cove, one of the best family restaurants has a huge lobster tank and big glass windows where kids can watch the crabs being cooked. The Back Porch in Rehoboth is another great place for a night out. The Old Towne Bake Shoppe has excellent donuts and pastries, but get there early in the morning or the best will be gone. You can rent windsurfers and waverunners at Bay Sports, or go waterskiing on the Bay at Bayshore Water Skiing. For those who need bike, crib or highchair rentals, Bethany Rental can supply you with everything you need.
For more information, call the Bethany/Fenwick Island Chamber of Commerce at (800) 962-SURF (7873). Also, visit them online: Bethany/Fenwick Island Chamber of Commerce. Since Bethany is just 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Washington, D.C., some families have told us they've successfully combined a visit to the Delaware shore with their trip to the Nation's Capital.