Bethany Beach

Delaware Beach Daycation

One day. 24 hours. 1440 minutes. 86400 seconds. Sometimes that’s all you can find for time just to yourself. Those are the times that call for a “daycation” to the Delaware beaches.

Thanks to their proximity to East Coast metropolitan areas, the beaches of Delaware and their rich array of attractions, from ultra-lux to unassuming, are uniquely suited to a quick road trip (or short ferry ride from New Jersey).

Here is a sampling of some suggested stops for your in-and-out itinerary:

Cape Henlopen State Park Lewes DelawareBe sure to arrive in time for an unforgettable sunrise over the surf at Cape Henlopen State Park. Try climbing one of the observation towers for an extra spectacular view. For breakfast, head to one of the crowd favorites in Lewes or Rehoboth Beach, including Surf Bagel, Lori’s Café, or the Crystal Restaurant. And hit the boardwalk (in Rehoboth, or head down to Bethany Beach) for a quick post-breakfast stroll.

Then, it’s time to get active. Go paddleboarding in Fenwick Island. Or try your hand, or feet, at skimboarding at Delaware Seashore State Park.

If kids are in tow, keep them happily occupied with some outdoor fun. Maybe it’s Putt-Putt Golf, or Jungle Jim’s waterpark, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark, or the go-karts at White Water Mountain/Midway Speedway Park.

Take the time to squeeze in a proper lunch at some classic Delaware beach restaurants, such as Cultured Pearl and Big Fish Grill (Rehoboth Beach), Agave and Half Full (Lewes), or Off the Hook and Matt’s Fish Camp (Bethany Beach). On a budget? Try Gus and Gus, Grotto Pizza, Nicola Pizza, or The Greene Turtle.

After lunch would be a great time to do some tax-free shopping – at Rehoboth or Bethany boutiques (along Baltimore and Rehoboth avenues in Rehoboth; along Garfield Parkway in Bethany) or at the Tanger Outlet centers along Del. 1, full of brand-name shops.

Grotto Pizza, Rehoboth BeachThen it’s on to dinner. You can gravitate toward the beach’s cutting-edge culinary destinations: In Rehoboth, consider Eden, Espuma, Nage or Henlopen City Oyster House. In Bethany Beach, Sedona and 14 Global generate the buzz. Fenwick Island favorites include Just Hooked and Flying Fish Café.

If you prefer a more casual setting, you can chow down at Arena’s, Go Fish!, or Bethany Blues BBQ. After dinner, see the sunset over the bay at one of Dewey Beach’s waterside favorites, such as Northbeach, the Rusty Rudder and Que Pasa.

When the day’s done, you’ll head home with a smile on your face. And we’ll bet you’ll soon be ready for another visit – for just a day or for a lot longer.