summer would be complete without dipping your toes at least once into
the ocean? Fortunately for those of us in the Virginia area, there are
numerous beaches to choose from only a few hours away. Virginia Beach,
VA and Ocean City, MD are some of the more popular beaches in the region.
However, if you are willing to venture just a bit further into "The
First State" of Delaware, you will find an offering that would satisfy
the beach lover in all of us in Rehoboth Beach.
The ride there is fairly pleasant. The main route is Rt. 1, which is
straight, flat and mostly 2 lane. The views are primarily those of farms
and small towns. If you choose, you can continue on Rt. 1 a few more miles
past Rehoboth Beach and visit its sister Dewey Beach, which also offers
a great time along the Delaware shoreline.
you arrive at Rehoboth beach, you will immediately notice its unique blend
of local community with tourist attractions. As you stroll along the boardwalk,
you will find folks from all ages and walks of life enjoying all Rehoboth
Beach has to offer. The sights and sounds of the ocean waves, the laughing
and playing children, radios blaring out from under beach umbrellas, and
even the call of the gulls flying overhead, are the very essence of summer.
This is what beach-going is all about. Souvenir shops, t-shirt shops,
junk food stands, saltwater taffy shops, rides and games crowd the boardwalk
and make your experience complete.
While you are at Rehoboth Beach, you may want to take advantage of all
the shopping opportunities that are within walking distance. You can find
everything from new age shops, art galleries, furniture stores, and sea
shell shops. Unique stores with names such as the "Posh Pelican",
the "Glass Flamingo" and the "Christmas Tree Shop"
seem to just call out to the curious shopper in all of us. By the way,
Delaware is tax free. What better excuse to stock up on all your flamingo
needs or by that sea shell lamp you have been eyeing?
strolling along the boardwalk, browsing the shops and playing in the ocean,
you are bound to get hungry. The smell of food cooking along the boardwalk
reminds you that your next meal is not far away. Standard beach fare such
as fries and pizza can be found effortlessly as they completely dot the
boardwalk with beach-side stands but finding a seafood restaurant takes
a bit more work. We finally settled on Jakes Seafood House Restaurant,
which was located a few blocks away. He we found friendly service. The
seafood was quite tasty and the prices were reasonable.
In addition to the typical beachside activities Rehoboth offers many
public events. Their community bandstand has local entertainment from
high school bands and other local talent almost nightly at 8:00 PM. The
town also holds many festivals and activities, including a Chocolate Festival!
Who could ask for anything more?
some other beaches known for partying and nightlife, Rehoboth seems to
be more family focused, though it is not without its partying capability.
In addition to Hooters, local bars and clubs offer live entertainment
ranging from blues and jazz to rock and roll.
Whether it's the sand, the water or people watching, Rehoboth beach offers
enough to satisfy all your beach going urges. It's definitely worth the
venture over the border to visit one of our smallest neighbors.