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Beachside Bliss, Small-Town Charm & Laid-Back Living Collide in Bethany Beach

Escape to breathtaking white-sand beaches along the Atlantic Coastline. Partake in fun events and activities throughout the year. Explore lush state parks or head out on the bay to fish, boat, or ski. Let go the cares of the world and just relax in Bethany Beach! One of Delaware’s Quiet Resorts, the charming town of Bethany Beach was founded as “a haven of rest for quiet people” and today, it stands strong on this foundation. Though filled with activities, events, delicious restaurants, and plenty of small-town charm, Bethany Beach remains a quiet and restful seaside town.

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Why Do Residents Choose Bethany Beach?


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So Many Activities to Enjoy

Enjoy all the small-town fun and activities to be found throughout Bethany Beach! The bustling Downtown scene is filled with some of the best dining on the Delaware coast—from delicious beach fries to elegant fine dining and everything in between. There’s also the Bethany Bandstand, which is home to fun entertainment and performances all summer long, and the Bethany Boardwalk along the beach. Plus, there are plenty of regular events and activities to enjoy, like morning exercise classes, Movies on the Beach, or the Sunday Morning Farmers Market.

Bethany Beach is also home to some great festivities and celebrations throughout the year, from the July 4th Celebration to the Seaside Craft Show, the Holiday Happenings to the Poseidon Festival, and even the annual Labor Day New Orleans-style Jazz Funeral lamenting the “death of summer”.

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Miles of Beaches, Endless Boating

Boating, fishing, clamming, crabbing, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, sailboarding, sailing, scuba diving, sunbathing, surfing, swimming… it’s all right here in beautiful Bethany Beach! Miles of white-sand public beaches along the eastern shoreline make Bethany Beach an ideal destination for those who love to feel the sand between their toes or hear the gentle crashing of the waves on the shoreline.

Just north of town lies the expansive Delaware Seashore State Park, which features 6 miles of ocean and bay shoreline, as well as a campground and a 295-slip marina with a boat ramp. To the south, Fenwick Island State Park is home to 335 acres of ocean and bay shorelines. And to the west, Holts Landing State Park sits along the south shore of the Indian River Bay to provide an ideal spot for boaters, anglers, crabbers, and clam diggers.

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Plenty of Outdoor Recreation

You don’t have to be at the beach to be having fun in the great outdoors; Bethany Beach’s beautiful local and state parks make it easy to get outside. Camping, basketball, biking, golf, tennis, volleyball, and other outdoor sports are popular throughout town. Bethany is even home to a Nature Center, which features trails, an interactive center, and a playground, as well as numerous other town parks, fields, and trails. Just a short drive away, James Farm Ecological Preserve offers tours, demonstrations, and exhibits, as well as scenic wooded trails along the Indian River Bay.

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It's Easy to Get Around

Getting around is easy in Bethany Beach with two quaint trolley cars that run for a charge of only 25 cents a ride. Plus, it’s located right along Route 1 for easy access to Rehoboth Beach to the north and Fenwick Island and Ocean City to the south. Route 26 connects it to Ocean View and Dagsboro to the west, as well as the larger State Route 113.

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Bethany’s Totem Pole: "Chief Little Owl"

A 24-foot statue at the downtown entrance to Bethany Beach has been a landmark since 1976. The original statue of Chief Little Owl by Peter Wolf Toth was donated to the Town as part of his “Trail of the Whispering Giants” project. It stood until 1992 when it was destroyed by high winds. The second statue sculpted by Dennis Beach lasted through 2000. Paying honor to the Nanticoke nation, Charlie Clark, a descendent of Little Owl, blessed the latest sculpture in traditional fashion with song, prayer and tobacco. Sculpted from Pacific Northwest red cedar it should last from 50 to 150 years.


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Bethany Beach at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 1,142
Zip Code: 19930
County: Sussex
Median Home Price: $577,450

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Travel & Commute

Rehoboth Beach: 20 min
Fenwick Island: 10 min
Dover: 1 hr
Wilmington: 1 hr 50 min


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