Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach, together with Fenwick Island create the “Quiet Resorts” of Southern Delaware just north of Ocean City, Maryland. Bethany Beach is not a barrier island, so you can approach it from the west along Route 26. There are many residential areas to the West of Bethany and rentals along the water as well as inland. Home to just over 1000 people year-round, the resort ballons to over 15,000 in the peak summer months.
The Delaware Seashore State Park is just north of Bethany and is a spectacular expanse of relatively wild dunes and beaches. Bethany, however, has all the advantages of a small coastal resort. There is a short boardwalk, great restaurants and shopping, and at least one hotel. If you are planning to enjoy Bethany, you will have a wider variety of hotel options in Ocean City, Maryland. If you are ready to make a reservation, visit the online reservations section of this site, hotels.OceanCity.com. If you want to explore options, go to the hotel guide: OceanCity.com/hotels. Hotels are arranged by location so pick the northern end of Ocean City to make your access to the Delaware resorts’ restaurants, beaches and shopping opportunities more convenient.
Bethany Beach hosts events in the small amphitheater adjacent to the boardwalk and shops. Parking can be tough so be sure to pay your parking fees and park where allowed or you will be ticketed.
The beach is wide, family-oriented and expansive; the shopping lively and diverse; and the restaurants varied some with fabulous views and some simply for carry-out dining.
My current personal favorite is Misaki, a fabulous sushi restaurant in South Bethany, located on the Western side of Coastal Highway. Mangos and many others are wonderful and worth your time if you venture North from Ocean City.