Visiting Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

 
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If you're hoping to find a less expensive ocean getaway this summer, consider incorporating Delaware's Rehoboth Beach into your vacation plans. An afternoon's drive from Long Island, Rehoboth and sister areas Dewey Beach and Lewes offer family friendly entertainment, food and lodging at bargain p...


By Sylvia King-Cohen // 05.27.09
 

If you're hoping to find a less expensive ocean getaway this summer, consider incorporating Delaware's Rehoboth Beach into your vacation plans. An afternoon's drive from Long Island, Rehoboth and sister areas Dewey Beach and Lewes offer family friendly entertainment, food and lodging at bargain prices. In addition, Delaware is known for its parks, preserves and nature areas.

You'll find a beach with an expansive boardwalk, plus a variety of restaurants serving cuisines that range from sushi and seafood to British pub, Thai and Mexican.

GETTING THERE

BY CAR Rehoboth Beach is just over 200 miles from New York City. Take the New Jersey Turnpike south to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, following Interstate 295 to Interstate 95 south (becomes Delaware Turnpike). Exit at Route 1 South, which leads to Rehoboth Beach.

BY FERRY Sail across Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from North Cape May, N.J. The trip takes about 80 minutes and costs $36-$43.25 one-way for a car and driver during the summer (800-643- 3779, capemaylewesferry.com).

INFO visitsoutherndelaware.com

WHERE TO STAY

Atlantis Inn, 154 Rehoboth Ave., 800-245-2112, atlantisinn-rehoboth.com, RATES $125-$215 weekday, $175-$255 weekend

Close to the boardwalk, it has an outdoor pool on the third level.

Cabana Gardens Bed & Breakfast, 20 Lake Ave., 302-227-5429, cabanagardens.com, RATES $105-$180 weekday, $135-$225 weekend

This five-room B&B downtown has a swimming pool.

Hotel Rehoboth, 247 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-4300, hotelrehoboth.com, RATES $220-$260 weekday, $299-$329 weekend (June).

It's smack in the middle of town, so you can walk to everything. Rate includes breakfast, snacks, wireless Internet and beach shuttle.

WHERE TO SHOP

Pineapple Princess Swim and Resort Wear, 301 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-8705, Swimsuits (up to size 24), jewelry, purses and accessories. Owner Donna Hitch will make alterations to give you the most flattering fit.

The Sea Shell Shop, 119 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-6666 (also 19366 Coastal Hwy., 302-227-4323), seashellshop.com

Great for nautical-themed souvenirs, home decor and homemade fudge.

Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co., 67 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-6996, rehobothkite.com

Kites, toys, garden ornaments and flags.

Avenue Apothecary & Spa, 110A Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-5649, avenuedayspa.com

If you're into natural and organic products, this is a place to browse or get a treatment.

WHAT TO DO

Explore the boardwalk

The mile-long boardwalk has amusements, sandy beaches and 300 businesses. It also has water sports, nature cruises, surf fishing and other water-related activities. Funland Rehoboth Beach is an amusement park with affordable rides, midway games, an electronic shooting gallery and arcade with video and pinball machines. Of their 18 rides, six are geared for older kids and adults (6 Delaware Ave. at Brooklyn Avenue, 302-227-1921, funlandrehoboth .com).

Music and suds

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats (320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-2739) is the place where the award-winning beer got its start. There's free music Friday and Saturday nights.

Ride in style

Rent a three-wheel moped ($45 per hour) or bike ($6 per hour) for a ride through town at Beach Fun (77 Lake Ave., 302-227-7246; also in Dewey).

Commune with nature

The 5,000-acre Cape Henlopen Park has a 4-mile beach and plenty of bicycling and hiking trails, kayaking and fishing ($8 per car, off Route 1, 302-645-8983, www.destateparks.com).

WHERE TO EAT

The Cultured Pearl Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 301 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-8493, culturedpearl.us, COST $-$$

Call for reservations if you'd like to sit on the patio, which has spectacular water views. Although sushi is the real draw, you'll find Korean, Chinese and American dishes - including an edamame bar, where the vegetable is stir-fried with different flavors ($9).

Go Fish British Fish + Chip Shop, 24 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-1044, gofishdelaware.com, COST $

How can you go wrong with the likes of fish and chips ($9.95) and deep-fried sausage and chips ($10.95). Top it off with a Shandy ale (mix of lemonade or Sprite and beer) and you've got a meal.

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