Destination guide

Seaside escape in Bethany Beach vacation home rentals

With sandy swaths on the Atlantic coast and a full slate of resort-town amenities, Bethany Beach in southern Delaware is a sea lover's dream, known for its quiet atmosphere and nearby state parks. A boardwalk along the beach runs parallel to oceanfront streets that are packed with local stores and tasty restaurants, but the main attraction is the long stretch of sand that continues north and south beyond the town. Many Bethany Beach vacation rentals are situated along the coast, with fantastic views looking east and an impressive range of facilities, from pools and hot tubs to outdoor grills that are perfect for summer barbecues.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Bethany Beach vacation homes

Though you may be tempted to spend your entire vacation lounging in the sun with a cold drink in hand, carve out some time for the fun attractions this area has to offer, with everything from golf links and putt-putt courses to water parks and go-cart tracks. The Bethany Beach Nature Center is a great family-friendly spot to visit, with special exhibits about the area's natural features, boardwalks that run through saltwater marshes and programs designed to appeal to kids. Among the small waterfront communities near Bethany Beach, you'll also find museums that delve into the local maritime heritage.

Activities

Activities near Bethany Beach vacation homes

With so many miles of sandy shores to enjoy, spending some time relaxing on the beach is a must during a stay here, enjoying the sun beating down and jumping into the waves during the heat of day. Further south, along the Fenwick Island coast, a number of rental providers can outfit you with wave runners and banana boats to get out on the water. Whether you prefer quiet kayak trips and paddleboard rides along the coastal areas in search of wildlife, or high-flying adventures on parasails with incredible views of the ocean beyond, you'll find a water activity waiting here.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Bethany Beach vacation rentals

Nothing beats a hot summer day in Bethany Beach. Why not stroll along the seaside boardwalk with a chocolate ice cream in hand, before tip-toeing out onto the warm sands for a swim in the refreshing Atlantic waves? The peak of summer averages in the 80s here, with the shoulder months of May and September often warm enough for ocean swimming, too. If you plan to visit during the summer, why not look for one of the many Bethany Beach vacation rentals that come with a pool to splash around in when the weather gets steamy?

Natural features

Waterfront fun in Bethany Beach

Since the Atlantic Ocean spans the eastern border of Bethany Beach, there's always a gorgeous vista to soak up here, and with state parks stretching for miles north and south of town, the opportunities to enjoy nature never seem to expire. Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks act as an extension of Bethany Beach on each end, offering plentiful opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating in the waters and picnicking shoreside on the sand. Holts Landing State Park on the Indian River Bay is an excellent spot for hiking close to your Bethany Beach vacation rental, with chances to spot wildlife and large birds like heron and osprey.

Beaches

Beaches near Bethany Beach vacation homes

Bethany Beach has beautiful beach spaces to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Bethany Beach, a relaxed beach with a wooden boardwalk and seaside amenities, and Holts Landing State Park, a bayside destination with sandy beaches and dense forests with hiking trails. You could also try beachcombing at Coin Beach, a sandy beach known for its hidden treasures.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Bethany Beach

The nearest airport is in Ocean City, MD (OCE-Ocean City Municipal), located 17 mi (27.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Georgetown, DE (GED-Sussex County), which is 18.7 mi (30.1 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near vacation rentals in Bethany Beach

Kids will love the array of attractions in Bethany Beach. Vacation rentals are available near kid-friendly places like Assawoman Wildlife Area, a sanctuary space for rare plants and animals, and James Farm Ecological Preserve, a nature preserve with a sandy beach and hiking trails. Kids will also like Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf, a pirate-themed miniature golf center with exciting features.

Where to stay around Bethany Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,184 vacation rentals near Bethany Beach. From 1,604 Houses to 3,216 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bethany Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bethany Beach?

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 Bethany Beach:

  • Tower Shores: 85 vacation rentals
  • Midtown Ocean City: 1,895 vacation rentals
  • Rehoboth by the Sea: 980 vacation rentals
  • South Rehoboth: 1,158 vacation rentals
  • Broadkill Beach: 70 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 Bethany Beach?

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

  • Bethany Beach Boardwalk: 3,403 vacation rentals
  • The Salt Pond Golf Club: 7,218 vacation rentals
  • Chief Little Owl Totem Pole: 7,203 vacation rentals
  • Bethany Beach Nature Center: 7,197 vacation rentals
  • Captain Jack's Pirate Golf: 7,201 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bethany Beach 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 Bethany Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,604 Houses in Bethany Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bethany Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,216 rentals available
  • Cottages: 110 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 1,080 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bethany Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,968 vacation rentals with pool available in Bethany Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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