Cape May Lewes Ferry

Beach Travel Tips

These easy-to-use travel tips will get you to the Delaware beaches for a carefree vacation. So whether you’re coming from Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York or Pennsylvania, make a smart travel strategy part of your trip planning.

Plan Your Trip

  • For visitors coming from the D.C. and Baltimore area during summer 2017, plan an alternate route to avoid MD 404. The highway is currently under construction. Try traveling 301 N to MD 304 E onto DE 10 E to DE-1 S to avoid any potential hold ups. Find directions from your departure location here.
  • Visitors who plan vacations that start and end mid-week – rather than on the busier weekends – miss the heaviest beach travel days on DE 1.  Pick drive times that avoid southbound DE 1 on Friday evenings, as well as northbound traffic mid-day Sunday.
  • For trips south of the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach areas, using US 13 or US 113 allows drivers to skip the streetlights and cars on DE 1. Be aware, however, that US 113 at DE 24 is a frequent pinch-point.

Check for Updates

  • Consult a map to identify routes other than the recommendations provided by GPS-based services. Knowing several ways to reach the beach can be helpful if there are any delays.
  • Download DelDOT’s free traffic app from the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching for “DelDOT.” WTMC 1380 AM also broadcasts traffic information from DelDOT and streams the same audio feed to the DelDOT app. DelDOT’s Twitter and Facebook feeds are also updated in real time.
  • Be aware of major summer events, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup race (June 2-4) and the Firefly Music Festival (June 15-18). Both are at Dover International Speedway. DelDOT, the speedway and local authorities jointly issue travel information via partner social media platforms.

Where to Park, How to Ride

  • Day trippers and visitors staying just outside of downtown Rehoboth can ease their trip by pre-registering with Parkmobile for pay-by-phone parking at metered spaces in downtown Rehoboth.
  • Utilize the Resort Transit Park & Ride lot, located on Shuttle Road, just off DE 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue. $8 fee includes free daily transit pass.
  • Shoppers visiting the DE 1 outlets should take advantage of the Tanger Outlet shuttle service to get from center to center.
  • To shorten the drive, drop your car in Lewes at DART’s Park & Ride and catch one of the Beach Buses that have routes running from Lewes to Ocean City, MD every day with extended weekend hours of 7 AM-2AM.
  • In Dewey Beach take advantage of free parking 5-11 PM. Monday to Wednesday during events such as Movies on the Beach and bonfires.
  • 11 AM-3 PM is the busiest time on the beach. For more space on the sand in Rehoboth Beach, set out your blanket a little north or south from Rehoboth Avenue.

*Some tips courtesy of Delaware Department of Transportation and the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.