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Delve into Lewes, Delaware’s beaches and history

If you want your oceanside fun to be equal doses of peace, quirk, and old world charm, then Lewes vacation rentals will hit the mark. Book a stay at one of the town's welcoming lodgings and an easygoing seaside experience is guaranteed. The "first town in the first state" has the best of Dutch and English history and is proud of its small-town vibe. There are lighthouses to tour, colonial houses to explore, and beach boardwalks to stroll. But remember to take it slow; Lewes isn’t a place to be rushed.

Things to do

Lewes—where history really hits home

It may be four centuries since Lewes was last called Zwaanendael, but they haven't forgotten their Dutch heritage here, with clogs still hanging in many windows. The Zwaanendael Museum is the place to go and dig a little deeper, and kids will love its gingerbread-house styling. You may even want to check out the big guns and WWII fortification of nearby Fort Miles, but don't miss out on Lewes' 2 fabulous lighthouses. Its single lightship, or Cannonball House which still has a British cannonball stuck in its wall from the War of 1812!


A splash of fun in Lewes

With the long sweep of the Delaware Bay in plain sight from many Lewes vacation rentals, there's no doubting where to head once settled in. Sun yourself, paddle, and swim on its many fine beaches, but you can get more than just your fill of sun, sea, and sand. There are boardwalk emporiums where you can fill your bags with goodies. Or why not take to the waves on a chartered fishing trip and reel in a silvery catch? An out-of-state adventure on a bay cruise over to New Jersey riding the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is also recommended.


Love Lewes all year round

Like the rest of Delaware, Lewes vacation rentals are perfect for getting away from it all the whole year round. Spring is a joy, summer a marvel, and fall a delight. Even winters here are on the mild side, but summer is when people’s thoughts turn to Delaware beach-side sunning. Just remember that if you're looking forward to that 4th July fireworks beach party, so is everyone else. Away from the big national vacation dates, the crowds are few in Lewes so you can enjoy the beaches and town to the full.

Natural features

The sea lingers for a long time in Lewes

The Delaware coast might not be steeped in drama but it has a wide, open grandeur that gives full rein to the colors of the sky and sea. Some of the best beaches are just west of Cape Henlopen with Rehoboth Beach being the most famous. Don't miss out on Cape Henlopen State Park in between, though. As well as picnic pavilions and a golf course, there are wide open spaces to hike and bike around. To dip into Lewes’ wilder side, try the Gordon Pond Wildlife Area, known for its towering dunes and circling osprey.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Lewes

Fly into Georgetown, DE (GED-Sussex County), the closest airport, located 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Cape May, NJ (WWD-Cape May County), which is 20.2 mi (32.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Lewes?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,340 vacation rentals near Lewes. From 1,356 Houses to 1,095 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lewes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lewes?

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

  • Lewes Beach: 3,247 vacation rentals
  • Villages of Five Points: 49 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 56 vacation rentals
  • Pilot Point: 26 vacation rentals
  • Plantations East: 22 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lewes?

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

  • Cape Henlopen State Park: 4,222 vacation rentals
  • 1812 Memorial Park: 3,919 vacation rentals
  • Cape May - Lewes Ferry: 4,040 vacation rentals
  • Nassau Valley Winery: 3,578 vacation rentals
  • Lewes Historic Complex: 3,918 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lewes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lewes?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,356 Houses in Lewes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lewes include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,095 rentals available
  • Cottages: 114 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 114 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lewes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,045 vacation rentals with pool available in Lewes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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