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Delaware Coast

With beach towns for every personality along with gorgeous coastal views, Delaware's 28 miles of sandy Atlantic beaches are the best reason to linger here. They're also quick and easy to reach for city folk from Washington, DC, Baltimore and NYC looking to escape the grind. Head to Lewes for the walkable downtown, filled with history and great restaurants. Gay-friendly Rehoboth also works well for families and those looking for upscale distractions, from pampering spas to fine cocktails. Just south of Rehoboth, wild Dewey is the place to get your beach party on while Bethany is made for slow days on the sand. Running south all the way to the Maryland border, pretty beaches and state parks stretch between the towns and connect the ocean and the bays. Cycling the parks and kayaking the salt marshes are top outdoor activities.

Most businesses and services are open year-round. Off-season (outside of June to August), price bargains abound.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Delaware Coast.