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Laze on the yellowing sands of the Atlantic coastline, or stroll through the gentle surf of the protected harbor bay. Admire pastel painted shiplap houses overlooking the sparkling ocean, or step back in time along the 1950s inspired boardwalk. Rehoboth Beach has an old world charm, peaceful diners, and varied shopping. Its beaches are packed in summertime, filled with thronging crowds clutching striped beach balls and parasols, ice-cream cones dripping in the heat of the sun.

Things to see

There’s something of a mid-century feel to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, with its garish pastel signs, and white and blue painted buildings. The wooden walkway stretches along the soft yellow sands that curve around the headland, towards Dewey Beach in the south, and the wetlands of Cape Henlopen State Park in the north. Ice cream vendors, pizza palaces, and brightly colored parasols dot their way between the sea and the promenade, crowded throughout most of the year with sun worshipers and day trippers from Philadelphia and Baltimore. Where the Atlantic flows into Breakwater Harbor, the golden sands of Lewes Beach offer a quieter seaside retreat. Willow cane fences line the dunes and a stony breakwater keeps the surf gentle enough for families to swim. A little further inland, the Tanger Outlets are a popular brand name discount mall, where designer shopping can be enjoyed on a budget. Sunglasses, beachwear, and fashionable clothing fill shop windows, enticing visitors to take a break from the beach and explore the air conditioned units for a while.

Hotels in Rehoboth Beach

Perhaps unsurprisingly for a beachside destination, most hotels in Rehoboth Beach are located towards the coastline, overlooking the glittering waters of the Atlantic, or hugging the sandy beaches of the calm harbor. There are a few luxury hotels in Rehoboth Beach, but most places to stay are comfortable, mid-range bed and breakfasts, in pretty whitewashed beach houses just steps from the sand. Inside, you’ll find comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, and a homely feel. There is a handful of discount hotels as well, which are ideal for budget traveler. You’ll still have the luxury of televisions, and air conditioning in most of them and a few have the added convenience of kitchenettes.

Where to stay

The coastal town of Rehoboth has a quiet feel, the wooden-board houses painted in bright colors line leafy avenues that lead towards the beach. The closer you are to the sea, the more residential the area becomes, with landscaped front yards and a weathered look adding to the attraction, and charm. Inland, modern outlets, and shopping malls demonstrate the effect of rapid expansion, and as you head northwards to Lewes, the area becomes increasingly more historic, with independent boutiques tucked away in old private houses, the stark white lighthouse perched on the rocks, and single story homes lining the beach roads next to quiet diners, and hotels in Rehoboth.

How to get to Rehoboth Beach

Depending on where you’re flying from, Philadelphia International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport offer the best entry points for travelers from abroad. From there, shuttle companies run bus services to most of the Delaware resort cities and coastal towns. Taxis can be picked up at arrivals terminals and it’s worth booking these in advance to keep the costs down, but once you arrive, the trolleybus service is a well-managed local bus network that runs between the beaches and popular attractions.

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