Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach, together with Fenwick Island create the Quiet Resorts of Southern Delaware just north of Ocean City, Maryland. Bethany 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. 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 a few hotels. The Town 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, but Mangos and many others are wonderful and worth your time if you venture North from Ocean City.
If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally. It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.