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Rehoboth Beach

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A view of Rehoboth Beach at Delaware Avenue.

Rehoboth Beach is a city in Delaware. It is a beach town located along the Atlantic Ocean in Sussex County.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Rehoboth Beach is easily accessible from Delaware Route 1 from most points to the north such as Philadelphia and Wilmington. Delaware Route 404 provides access from points to the west such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

From northern Delaware, follow Delaware Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach and use Delaware Route 1A or Delaware Route 1B to enter the town. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, follow U.S. Route 50 east and turn left onto Maryland Route 404 east in Wye Mills. Continue along Maryland Route 404 east to the Delaware border, where the road becomes Delaware Route 404. Follow Delaware Route 404 east through Georgetown to Five Points and turn right onto Delaware Route 1 south. Follow Delaware Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach and use Delaware Route 1A or Delaware Route 1B to enter the town.

When coming into Rehoboth Beach either from southwest Delaware or southeast Maryland, follow US-13 to the junction with US-9 East in Laurel, DE. US-9 will intersect with DE-1 just north of Rehoboth Beach in Lewes. At this intersection, take DE-1 south into Rehoboth Beach. For beach and resort access, take DE-1A which will be 5 miles south of the junction between US-9 and DE-1. If travelling on a day where DE-1 is heavily congested, turn right onto DE-1D (Plantation Road) South just before reaching the DE-1 junction on US-9. Follow Plantation Road until it becomes Warrington Road at the intersection with DE-24. Continue onto Warrington Road until reaching Old Landing Road. Turn left onto Old Landing Road, and then take your third right onto Airport Road. Follow Airport Road until it intersects with DE-1 South. Proceed to DE-1A for resort access just as you would if you stayed on DE-1 the whole time.

During the summer months, the heaviest traffic along Delaware Route 1 occurs southbound on Friday evenings when people are traveling to the beach for the weekend, northbound on Sunday afternoons when people are leaving the beach for the weekend, and in both directions on Saturday afternoons when people are checking in and out of weekly beach rentals. Traffic is heaviest along the 10 miles of Delaware Route 1 approaching Rehoboth Beach. If traveling to Rehoboth Beach on a Saturday, it is advised to leave early in the morning in order to avoid the worst of the traffic.

By bus[edit]

  • BestBus, +1 202-332-2691, toll-free: +1-888-888-3269. Operates weekend service to/from Penn Station in New York City and Union Station and Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. in the summer. Bus stop is located just west of the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand across from the Cloudbreak store at 29 Rehoboth Avenue. Buses offer free Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and free water. $46 to/from New York City, $40 to/from Washington, D.C..
  • DART First State Beach Connection, toll-free: +1 800 652-3278. Route 305 operates on Friday nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in the summer to/from Wilmington, the Christiana Mall, Middletown, Dover, and Lewes. In Rehoboth Beach, the bus stops at the Rehoboth Beach Park and Ride and offers connections to the Beach Bus routes. Operates with a motorcoach offering 45 seats and 2 wheelchair positions with storage compartments under the coach for beach gear and luggage. Buses are air-conditioned and have wheelchair lifts. Free Wi-Fi. $10 to/from Wilmington and Christiana Mall, $8 to/from Middletown, $6 to/from Dover, $12.60 for a 3-Zone Anywhere Daily Pass.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • DART First State Beach Bus, toll-free: +1 800 652-3278. DART First State operates seasonal bus service from May to September out of the Rehoboth Beach Park and Ride, which is located on Shuttle Road off of Route 1 outside of Rehoboth Beach. Motorists can park here for the day for $10.00 and get four daily bus passes offering unlimited rides. DART First State also serves the Lewes Park and Ride, which is located along Route 1 southbound past the Five Points intersection and offers free parking, with the bus fare paid upon boarding. From the park and ride lots, DART First State operates buses to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk; the outlet malls; Lewes; Long Neck; and down the coast to Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City. Buses are air-conditioned and have wheelchair lifts. $2 one-way, $0.80 reduced fare, blind and children under 46 inches free, $4.20 daily pass, $18 for a 7-day pass.

By trolley[edit]

  • Jolly Trolley, +1 302 227-1197. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day: 8AM-2AM daily, weekends in shoulder season before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The Jolly Trolley operates every half hour between Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, with more frequent service during peak times. $3 one-way, $5 round-trip.

By car[edit]

Map of Rehoboth Beach

It is not advised to travel around Rehoboth Beach by car as there is a lot of traffic congestion. Park the car when you get here and don't use it again until you leave. If traveling to Rehoboth Beach on a summer weekend, it is advised to get into town early as parking spots fill up quickly. To avoid the congestion and parking hassles in Rehoboth Beach, park at the Lewes Park and Ride along Route 1 southbound past the Five Points intersection or the Rehoboth Beach Park and Ride along Shuttle Road off Route 1 outside Rehoboth Beach and take a DART First State bus into Rehoboth Beach.

In Rehoboth Beach, metered on-street parking is available along Lake Avenue between Rehoboth Avenue and 3rd Street, the south side of Lake Avenue between 1st Street and Surf Avenue, Surfside Place, Grenoble Place, Virginia Avenue, Olive Avenue between 3rd Street and a short distance east of 2nd Street and east of 1st Street, Maryland Avenue between 3rd and 2nd streets and east of 1st Street, Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Avenue, Wilmington Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Brooklyn Avenue, Christian Street, Philadelphia Street east of Bayard Avenue, Laurel Street east of King Charles Avenue, Hickman Street east of King Charles Avenue, Lakeview Place, 1st Street south of Virginia Avenue, King Charles Avenue north of Hickman Street, 2nd Street north of Rehoboth Avenue, 3rd Street a short distance north of Lake Avenue, and 4th Street between Rehoboth Avenue and Sussex Street. Parking meters are in effect between 10AM and midnight from the Friday before Memorial Day until the second Sunday after Labor Day. Rates for the parking meters are $2.00 per hour while rates for the 30 minute parking spaces (with the time limit enforced year-round) are $1.00 for 30 minutes. Parking may be paid with quarters, credit cards, or the Parkmobile app, though not all options are available at all meters. Change machines are available at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Avenue and 1st Street, the median of Rehoboth Avenue across from City Hall, and 306 Rehoboth Avenue. Change for the parking meters is also available from the Parking Meter Department at 1 City Hall Drive off of Lake Avenue.

Between the Friday before Memorial Day and Labor Day, parking permits are required between 10AM and 5PM daily for all non-metered parking spaces in Rehoboth Beach. Parking permits may be purchased from the Parking Meter Department at 1 City Hall Drive, several real estate offices, the Visitor Center at 501 Rehoboth Avenue, a kiosk at the entrance to town along Rehoboth Avenue, and a kiosk at the entrance to town along Bayard Avenue. Parking permits are $250 for a seasonal transferable permit ($125 after Aug 1), $225 for a seasonal non-transferable permit ($115 after Aug 1), $60 for a weekly permit (8 consecutive days), $35 for a three-day weekend permit (Friday-Monday), $15 for a weekend daily permit, and $10 for a weekday daily permit.

Parking is also available at the Deauville Beach parking lot located off Henlopen Avenue in the northern part of the city. Parking costs $10 per day or $75 per season. Season parking passes can be purchased from the Parking Meter Department. Between the Friday before Memorial Day and the second Sunday after Labor Day, parking permits are required at the lot.

By bike[edit]

There are several bike rental shops, and bike racks are ubiquitous. There are no bike lanes, however. From May 15 to September 15, riding on the Boardwalk may be done between 5AM and 10AM only.

By ride-hailing services[edit]

Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft can be used to get around Rehoboth Beach.


Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, looking north
  • Boardwalk - a mile long
  • Lewes Historical Society Complex at Shipcarpenter St. and West Third. Restored buildings and country store. Marine Museum next to Post Office. Walking tour of historic homes. Call Lewes Chamber of Commerce at +1 302-645-8073.
  • Nanticoke Indian Museum at Routes 24 and 5, Oak Orchard Intersection, Millsboro, +1 302-945-7022. Native American library and artifacts. Open Tu-Sa from 10AM to 4PM; closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Overfall Maritime Museum, in historic Lewes on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal just north of the Savannah Road Bridge, +1 302-645-4733. Guided tours available F-Su, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Sightseeing Enjoy a narrated tour of the beautiful resort community! Various options are available to "see" the area...on foot, by boat, by bus, or by trolley. Opportunities are offered by the following businesses: Jolly Trolley and Fisherman's Wharf.
  • 1 Indian River Life-Saving Station, 25039 Coastal Hwy, +1 302-227-6991, fax: +1 302-227-6438. Nov 1-Mar 31: W-F 8AM-4PM, Sa 9AM-3PM; Apr 1-Oct 31: 8AM-4:30PM daily. Located within Delaware Seashore State Park, the Indian River Life-Saving Station is a museum operated by the state park system with life saving station restored to its 1905 appearance. A tour of the life saving station is offered. Museum is also home to a gift shop. Located approximately one mile north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Indian River Life Saving Service Station on Wikipedia


Grove Park is located at the intersection of Columbia Ave & Grove Street, near the Visitor Center and Museum. There is a “Tot Lot” and a ten station circuit training work out area. , There is one large pavilion, one smaller picnic pavilion, bathrooms and a drinking fountain. From May to October, Grove Park hosts The Rehoboth Beach Farmer's Market on Tuesdays from noon to four.

Stockley Street Park is just west of Scarborough Street on Stockley Street along Silver Lake. Besides offering a "Tot Lot," the park features a foot bridge over the lake from which you can feed the ducks, turtles, and carp.

Lake Gerar Park on Lake Avenue near but not on the ocean. There is a "Tot Lot" for small children and benches on which to view the lake. At the west end of the lake, there is a small fishing deck.

Four tennis Courts are available in the Deuville Beach parking lot, just northeast of the North Surf Avenue and Henlopen Avenue intersection. for more information contact +1 302 227-3598.

Cranberry Park is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Olive Avenue. It is a small park with benches for a quiet respite.


Airplane Rides[edit]

  • American Aerospace


There are a number of arcades at Rehoboth Beach; the largest is Funland.

Ferry Rides[edit]

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Dolphin and Whale watching[edit]

During late July through early October. Dolphins can often be spotted just off-shore along the coast. Close encounters can be arranged through . Also contact at 302-249-3538.

  • Nature Cruises.
  • Love Knots II.

Water & Nature Cruises[edit]


  • Bandstand on Rehoboth Ave. Band concerts begin at 8PM. For additional information about events at this location, call 302-227-6181.


Surf and deep sea fishing along the East Coast. Fishing is also excellent in the Indian River Inlet area, Rehoboth Bay and Delaware Bay.


Golf in Southern Delaware is abundant with 12 public golf courses and a number of private courses. Par-3 golf is available at Midway Par 3 Golf Course and Driving Range.

Horseback Riding[edit]

Contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 645-8983 (off season only; must bring your own horse) or Delaware Seashore State Park at +1 302-227-2800.

Marina Facilities[edit]

  • Fisherman's Wharf, +1 302-645-8862
  • Rehoboth Bay Marina, +1 302-226-2012
  • Indian River Marina at Del. Seashore State Park, +1 302-227-3071.

Movie Theatres[edit]

  • The Movies at Midway, 29 Midway Shopping Center, Route One, 302-645-0200, Milton Theatre, 108/110 Union Street, Milton, +1 302-684-3400.


For rentals and school call the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association at 302-227-9008. Also contact Love Knots II at +1 302-249-3538.

  • Kindred Spirit Sailing Charters, Rehoboth Bay Marina (Dewey Beach), +1 267 377-7724. by appt.. Private day and sunset sailing charter aboard the 26' sailboat Kindred Spirit. Small groups of 1-4 persons. Sailing instruction or just cruising.


Surfboard riding is available on the Atlantic Ocean near Indian River Inlet on Route One, south of Dewey Beach. Surfing lessons are available from Rehoboth Beach's Boarding School, +1 302-270-8103, [1].


Ocean swimming can be found anywhere along our 30 miles of Delaware beaches. You will find patrolled beaches for your protection in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park, Bethany Beach and portions of Delaware State Park.


The First State Webfooters, year round walking event (YRE) is held from January 15 through December 15. The starting point for the walk is the Atlantic Sands Hotel on the Boardwalk. For information call 302-945-2020 or 302-697-1191.

Weddings and Civil Unions[edit]

Clerk of Peace, Sussex County, Delaware: +1 302-855-7834. For permission to have a beach wedding or civil union, contact the local municipality (City of Rehoboth at 302-227-6181 or Town of Dewey Beach at 302-227-6363).

  • Bonkersville Play & Party Place, 17601 Coastal HWY Unit 1 (Five Pointe Plaza (across from Lowes)), +1 302-645-8774. Indoor inflatable play place for kids. The beach's newest family fun attraction. Bonkersville, where your kids can go bonkers, so you don't.


  • Antiques More than 100 Antique stores throughout Sussex County.
  • Shopping Enjoy both small town unique specialty shopping, factory outlets and malls. Shopping areas are located in downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, and along Route One. All purchases in Delaware are TAX FREE. Be sure to look for the Chamber of Commerce emblem on store windows.
  • Gifts of Serenity, 42 Rehoboth Ave (round the corner from Grotto on the Ave), +1 302-226-3691. Distinguished gifts for body, soul and spirit. Featuring Trapp and Yankee candle as well as Crabtree & Evelyn. Do not forget the ever so fun and whimsical peace frogs.
  • Tanger Outlets, 36720 Bayside Outlet Dr, 35000 Midway Outlet Dr, 36470 Seaside Outlet Dr, +1 302 226-9223, toll-free: +1 866 665-8682. Regular hours: M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-7PM Summer hours: M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-7PM Winter hours: M-Th 9AM-7PM, Fr-Sa 9AM-9PM Su 10AM-7PM. Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach offers over 130 name-brand outlet stores in three different complexes along Route 1, with tax-free shopping.


This quaint beach town offers a variety of eateries to accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets.

Grotto Pizza location along Rehoboth Avenue
  • Grotto Pizza. A modestly-priced pizzeria chain with a local feel and two locations on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and one along Rehoboth Avenue
  • Espuma restaurant. Located just two blocks from the beach. Serves up eclectic cuisine while maintaining a comfortable, beach-inspired atmosphere.
  • Royal Treat, 4 Wilmington Ave. Offers old-fashioned breakfast (think: scrambled eggs) at relatively cheap prices and is cash-only. Royal Treat is closed October to March and also serves up ice cream.
  • Futty Dutty's, 7 S. 1st Street, +1 302-227-1884. For a sweeter breakfast this definitely has "the best buns on the beach". The small, informal bakery is known for its friendly service and incredible homemade baked goods, and should definitely be put on your "to-visit" list. Not only do they bake fresh pastries like croissants and muffins daily, they also serve iced coffee drinks and smoothies, along with several flavors of hot coffee.
  • Victoria's Restaurant, Boardwalk and Olive Avenue, +1 302 227-0615. Located inside the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, serves (slightly pricey) breakfast daily and weekend brunch. By putting their own, exciting twist on classic favorites, Victoria's has come up with delicacies like Raspberry Swirl French Toast and a Cinnamon Apple Crepe. Reservations for brunch are recommended.
  • Cafe Sole. Daily for dinner in the summertime and W-Su during the off-season.. For outdoor dining, Cafe Sole- "where it's always a sunny day"- creates a comfortable atmosphere, inside and out. Lunch is served daily from 11AM-3AM and consists of a variety of small plates (like their Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pita), sandwiches (Tomato and Mozzarella = mmm) , and inventive vacation cuisine (Jumbo Lump Crab Cake). Save room for desserts like key lime pie and bread pudding.
  • Double Dippers, 11 N First St, +1 302-226-1374. Old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Over 40 flavors of Hersheys ice cream. Soft serve as well. Shakes, malts, floats, old-fashioned sodas, sundaes and banana splits. Huge scoops and friendly sit down service.
  • Go Fish, 24 Rehoboth Ave, +1 302 226-1044. 11:30AM-8PM daily. It's a small, slightly cramped little place, and the prices are a little high, but the fish and chips are absolutely spot on, they have good ales on tap, friendly and efficient service, plus they are right around the corner from the heart of the boardwalk. The fried sausages (made by some British expat in town exclusively for the restaurant) are a real treat, as is the sticky toffee pudding. $11-24.


  • Nassau Vineyards, 36 Nassau Commons, Lewes, +1 302-645-9463. Orchards, Winery, Picnic Tables. Bring your lunch and have a glass of wine. Open Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su Noon-5PM, Closed Mo.
  • Dogfish Head Brewery and Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, +1 302 226-2739. M-Th,Su noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-1AM. A craft brewery/distillery with fun, out-of-the-ordinary beers, spirits, and food. From "Ginger Peach Wheat" beer to wood-grilled pizzas, to the stacked indulgence burger, you are guaranteed a pretty decadent meal. Service is pretty unimpressive, but in fairness, it is a big noisy place and they still get the job done efficiently. To get a behind-the-scenes look at how they brew their beer, DFH invites guests to take a free tour every Wednesday at 5PM. Outdoor seating available. Prices are really a steal. Food: $7-15.


  • Hotel Rehoboth (Hotel Rehoboth), 247 Rehoboth Avenue, toll-free: +1-877-247-7376. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Opened in March 2008 as Rehoboth Beach's first boutique hotelWithin walking distance to all in-town attractions, beach/ocean and boardwalk.
  • The Bellmoor, 6 Christian Street, toll-free: +1-800-425-2355. A fine Rehoboth Beach Hotel Spa & Conference Center offering all resort amenities in the heart of Rehoboth's beachside community.
  • Oceanus Motel, 6 Second Street, toll-free: +1-800-852-5011. Access to both Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, Delaware, Oceanus Motel offers families affordable vacation lodging accommodations. All dining, shopping, water activities, sailing, fishing, jet skiing & windsurfing are nearby.
  • 1 Atlantis Inn, 154 Rehoboth Avenue (located inbetween 1st and 2nd Street on Rehoboth Avenue), toll-free: +1-800-245-2112. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. In the heart of downtown Rehoboth Beach, 1.5 blocks from the beach and boardwalk. Deluxe accommodations, suites and efficiencies with sleeping arrangements up to six people per room. Rooms feature a refrigerator and microwave, or a full kitchen. Your room also includes free wireless internet access, parking, and outdoor pool and large sundeck overlooking Rehoboth Avenue. $69-299.
  • 2 Holiday Inn Express (Holiday Inn Rehoboth Beach Hotel), 19953 Shuttle Road (On Route 1 adjacent to Rehoboth Avenue), +1 302-227-4030. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Beautifully renovated in 2009, 81-room resort property in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, next to Tanger Outlets. Free amenities include hot breakfast buffet, wireless internet access (wifi), fitness room, outdoor swimming pool and parking. Rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave and wet barsink to name a few. $69-279.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Rehoboth Beach
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