Cape Gazette

Beach Beat

Each beach is unique

By Billie Criswell | Sep 12, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Am I in Cape Cod? No, but Lewes sure has that quaint, nautical atmosphere.

September is a great month for exploring the Delaware beaches. The crowds recede and the weather beckons. It's not too hot, and it's not yet cold. When September hits, I become an explorer. I’m ready to drive (gasp!) on Route 1 to check out beach locations.

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Whether you're a local or visitor who has a favorite beach spot, I'd like to encourage you to branch out and visit a new beach. Here’s my mini guide to the local beaches:


For me, Lewes has a very Cape Cod sort of feel. It makes me want to pop my collar if you get my drift. Perhaps it’s the docks with all the boats pulled in, or maybe it’s the quaint little sidewalks that makes it feel like New England.  

Part of the feel of Lewes that makes it feel so fun to explore is its historic aspect. It’s an old town, rich in history. I like to go to Lewes to grab a bite to eat or visit the city's unique stores.

Rehoboth Beach

Where Lewes is historic, Rehoboth - to me - is trendy. Rehoboth has that fashionable flair of a city by the sea. Great dining, fun stores perfect for gift and clothes shopping, and a boardwalk chock-full of beach classics gives it a bigger feel than some of its counterparts.

Great for people watching, Rehoboth attracts a diverse crowd. Wherever there's a boardwalk, there's free entertainment. Rehoboth delivers.

Dewey Beach

What word popped into your head first? Party? Yes, me too.

Dewey Beach is one of the best beaches for seeing live music and enjoying lively crowds. Between The Starboard, The Bottle and Cork and The Rusty Rudder, there's always something fun going on and it usually involves music. Come to Dewey to dance, dine and enjoy yourself in a fun-filled atmosphere.

And I also feel it’s worth a mention that the beach in Dewey is pretty great. No boardwalk, just sand.

Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is quaint and it has that distinct family atmosphere. It’s a quiet beach with a small boardwalk and main drag with cute restaurants. Perfect for renting bikes, taking a stroll or just plain relaxing!

Fenwick Island

If you are looking for a beach that most closely resembles the Outer Banks, I would say it’s Fenwick. No boardwalk, just a stretch of sand beach off the highway. The town is a bit more spread out.  It's quiet and close to Ocean City, Md. in case you're looking to spice up your nightlife.

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