Destination guide

Coastal fun at Delaware vacation home rentals

From charming coastal towns and white sand beaches to elegant mansions and wilderness escapes, Delaware is a destination full of promise. You can treat yourself to a high-end spa for indulgent pampering and utter relaxation, or bring the kids along for a fun day of canoeing along the coast. Delaware vacation rentals are excellent home bases for setting off on a thrilling zip line adventure in the woods or an exciting fishing trip on the high seas. In winter you can ice skate on the river front, while fall is a perfect time for scenic drives through the countryside.

Things to do

Attractions near Delaware vacation rentals

Experiencing Delaware's seaside delights is a must, whether you're strolling the boardwalk and finding the best salt water taffy, or embracing your inner adventurer and going on an Atlantic parasailing excursion. Delaware is also known for "Chateau Country", an exclusive region dominated by the elaborate mansions of the Du Pont family. Live the life of the upper crust for a day by touring the spectacular mansions and exquisite gardens and learning riveting tales of this wealthy family. Delaware vacation rentals are close to spots on the Delaware History Trail, a fascinating journey through time with stories and colorful characters.


Things to do near Delaware vacation homes

Delaware is a delight for shoppers, with its duty-free status and dizzying array of shops, from fancy boutiques to luxury retailers. You can experience Delaware's fascinating colonial past by visiting beautifully preserved historic sites and fascinating museums, or discover new artists at local galleries in the small towns and coastal hamlets of Delaware. Delaware vacation rentals are welcoming places to put your feet up after a big day of shopping for unique treasures or hunting for seashells at the beach. Delaware's parks and wilderness preserves are inspiring places to explore and commune with nature, by paddleboard, kayak or canoe.


Local weather for your stay in Delaware vacation homes

Thanks to its location next to the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware enjoys a moderate climate year-round. The coastal setting keeps Delaware about ten degrees cooler than inland in summer, and ten degrees warmer in winter. Temperatures in winter hover in the low to mid-20s, while summer temperatures can soar up to 86 degrees. Delaware gets about 44 inches of rain annually, with about 13 inches of snow in winter, which is well below the national average of 26 inches. With over 200 sunny days per year, Delaware is a lovely place to visit year-round.

Natural features

Marine life and wildlife in Delaware

Delaware consists predominately of a coastal plain bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and the Delaware River. Most of Delaware is flat, save for the Piedmont Plateau, which has rolling hills covering the northern reaches of the state. Sand dunes lie between the plains and the Atlantic Ocean, which is home to a delightful variety of marine life, including hammerhead, dogfish and brown sharks, Atlantic sturgeon and the occasional humpback whale. On shore, numerous birds can be spotted by savvy watchers, from lesser yellowlegs and cerulean warblers to swallow-tailed kites and sharp-shinned hawks, as well as leatherback turtles.


Best beaches near Delaware vacation rentals

Delaware has a pristine coastline with gorgeous beaches for sunbathing and watersports. Vacation homes are available near places like Fenwick Island State Park, a barrier island with swimming areas and sandy beaches, and Bethany Beach, a serene beach with gentle surf and a lively boardwalk. You could also explore Cape Henlopen State Park, a coastal preserve on a former military base with soft beaches, hiking trails, and an observation tower.

Can I find a vacation rental around Delaware?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,810 vacation rentals near Delaware. From 1,608 Houses to 122 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Delaware for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Delaware?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Delaware. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rehoboth Beach: 3,434 vacation rentals
  • Bethany Beach: 6,180 vacation rentals
  • Dewey Beach: 2,036 vacation rentals
  • Fenwick Island: 5,501 vacation rentals
  • Lewes: 3,333 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Delaware! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Delaware?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Delaware:

  • Rehoboth Beach: 3,434 rentals
  • Bethany Beach: 6,180 rentals
  • Dewey Beach: 2,036 rentals
  • Fenwick Island: 5,501 rentals
  • Lewes: 3,333 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Delaware?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Delaware are:

  • Dover AFB (DOV): 45 vacation rentals
  • Dover, DE (DVX-Delaware Airpark): 29 vacation rentals
  • New Castle Airport (ILG): 59 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Delaware?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Delaware. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk: 2,917 rentals
  • Bethany Beach Boardwalk: 3,408 rentals
  • Delaware Seashore State Park: 7,153 rentals
  • Cape Henlopen State Park: 4,213 rentals
  • Bayside Resort Golf Club: 7,065 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Delaware listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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