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About Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach, DE has long been considered the quiet resort. From its humble beginnings as a Christian retreat town to today's diverse population of summer residents, Bethany Beach is the embodiment of the sleepy beach town. Bethany was founded by the Christian Disciples of Christ of the Washington and Philadelphia area. It has come a long way from being a town devoted to a Christian retreat to today's population, both year round and summer residents. While Bethany remains a quiet beach town it has a lot going for it. The fourth of July celebration in this town is not to be missed. Bethany host a lot of fun filled summer events on the Bandstand that are not to be missed as well. The town has quite a unique way of bidding adieu to summer during its Labor Day Jazz Funeral.

The fall brings the shoulder season and things kick into low gear. The annual boardwalk arts and crafts festival is not to be missed.

Most of the locals will not miss the Caribbean Christmas charity event at Mango 's every year. It is the highlight of the Bethany Beach charity events.

The town of Bethany Beach is surrounded by the Beaches and Bays that everyone comes to the Delaware shore to enjoy. To the North and South are the Delaware Seashore State parks, which provide residence and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Delaware Seashore. At the Beaches to the north you can enjoy the state park beaches which are utilized for surfing, fishing, sunbathing and all sorts of beach activities.

Also to the north located in the North Side Indian river inlet is the state owned marina which has year round boat slips, a dry stack marina facility, fishing charter boats, a small restaurant, and bait and tackle shops.

To the South of the town is the Fenwick Island State Park and the Assawoman State Park. Beautiful Beaches and access to the Assawoman bay round out the places that locals and visitors love to frequent. The Assawoman State Park has tons of wooded trails and access to some of the most secluded wetland areas of the State. This makes it an ideal place to go for some peaceful relaxing walks or some fun times spent on the waterways with children.

One of the most striking landmarks of the town is the Bethany Beach Totem Pole. The 24’ statue has been greeting homeowners and guest since 1976. The sculpture was donated to the town by Peter Wolf Toth. Toth created the sculpture as part of his “Trail of the Whispering Giants” project which includes 50 sculptures scattered up and down the coast and into Canada. Originally placed at the corner of Route 1 and Route 26 the sculpture stood until 1992 when it was damaged beyond repair by the heavy winds of the beach and termite damage. The totem pole was removed and sent to the Naticoke Indian museum in Long Neck. A second sculpture was created by Dennis Beach which lasted until 2000. The second sculpture was taken down due to the base of the sculpture rotting. The sculpture that now stands was created by Toth, and is carved out of a western red cedar log which should last another 50 years. The totem pole that now stands was dedicated on July 15, 2002. It again greets the residents and visitors of the Beach town on a daily basis.

The Delaware Seashore's Beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle make it a perfect place to get away from a frantic pace of life that lies just a few hours to our north and west. In addition to the natural beauty and serene lifestyle we enjoy some of the lowest property tax rates in the area as well as no sales tax. Take a moment to check out all that the area has to offer.

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Bethany Blues

In our quest to bring you the best BBQ you have ever tasted, we traveled all over the country to find out what makes great BBQ great. From Rochester, New York, to Memphis, Tennessee, to Driftwood, Texas, we found that the two universal requirements for awesome barbecue are patience and 100% wood smoke. No gas, no electricity. That is why our BBQ tastes authentic. Our smoker is completely wood fired and was built for us in Mesquite, Texas, where BBQ is more than food; it's a religion.


Bluecoast n. 1. a delicately flavored fresh seafood dining experience, highly pleasing to the senses of taste, smell and sight 2. a selection of mouth-wateringly luscious, seafood entrees, complemented with visually stimulating waterfront sunsets and breathtaking vibrant views. Bluecoast Seafood Grill serves fresh, delicious, simple seafood. The restaurant sits in an incomparable natural setting and boasts the colors, flavors and warmth of East Coast cuisine, complemented by big-city quality, service and value.

Catch 54

Enjoy the best waterfront views in Southern Delaware while dining on classic beach food. The highly anticipated Catch 54 Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Enjoy a beverage at our expansive main bar or our marina side bar. Dine on some of the freshest seafood, steaks, pastas and other specialties created by owner and local TV Chef personality Matthew Haley.

Dogfish Head Brewery and Eats

If you're in the mood for great people, great food and great beer, you've come to the right place! Our restaurant is situated on the Avenue in Rehoboth Beach and is a cozy place any time of year. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and boasts antique barn wood and stylish black and white photos. Our menu features lots of tasty numbers... including wood-grilled pizzas, seafood entrees, yummy sandwiches and superb steaks! If you're looking for something a tad lighter, we offer a few great salads too! And, of course, you'll love our homemade, off-centered beer... which is available on tap or in bottles at our restaurant daily.

Dos Locos

Dos Locos was originally started by two crazy women in 1992 as a Take-out Taco stand, turned restaurant. They decided to open another restaurant around the corner with a bar (10 N. First St). In 2000, Darryl and Joe (current loco Mexican's) were on vacation and looking for a change, when they saw the For Sale Sign on the window. They were fans of Dos Locos for its Food & Margaritas. It was PERFECT! Only opened 6 months out of the year and vacation for 6 months. WOW!

Grotto Pizza

In 1960, Dominick Pulieri, along with his sister, Mary Jean Pagliante and her husband Joe, ventured to Delaware to open a pizza restaurant. This was the birth of Grotto Pizza. During this first summer, pizza slices sold for 20 cents each and a whole pizza was $1.60. The challenge, however, was to introduce pizza in an area where it was not recognized. To create a market for his pizza, Dominick and his sister spent long hours talking to people and handing free samples to the people who passed by his restaurant. In July of that summer, he noticed he was starting to get many repeat guests and it was the local Sussex County guests, and later the tourists, who put Grotto Pizza on the map.

Harpoon Hanna's

Harpoon Hanna's was built in 1983 by Mr. Frank Hanna. Over the past 27 years Harpoon Hanna's has been recognized for numerous awards including the prestigious "Top 100 Restaurants in the USA" by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine.

Lobster Shanty

Located in Selbyville, Delaware, directly off Route 54, with a magical view of the marsh. Attention bird watchers! Ask for a pair of binoculars so you can get a better view of the herons and egrets who call our marsh home.

Mango Mikes

Mango's Ocean Front is the only ocean front restaurant in Bethany Beach, boasting the magnificent views of the Bethany Beach boardwalk, bandstand, beaches, and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean! Whether you are enjoying lunch on our two ocean front decks, having dinner under the palm trees in our two dining rooms, or sipping on a frosty Mango Margarita at our Mango Bar; you are guaranteed a view of the ocean while you are swept away to the Tropics by our Carribbean beats and Exotic Eats.


Find out why all of the locals in Rehoboth love Nage! Great Food. Great Prices. No Attitude We have built our business on one principle: give the people what they want, treat them right and they will come back. Once you try us you will always come back. The difference is in the extra little touches that you will find in everything our team does. From the specially formulated cocktails to begin your meal to the handcrafted garnish on our chef-created desserts everything is just a little bit better. We are truly a "special occasion" restaurant on an everyday budget!


For the area's finest dining experience, you've just found it. Located in quiet Fenwick Island, we're 5 minutes south of Bethany Beach, Delaware or 5 blocks north of Ocean City, Maryland on Route 1, Beach Highway. Nantuckets is well known for serving the highest quality seafood straight from the docks, "dry aged" steaks, lamb, "the best crab cakes", wonderful wines and a professional staff. Take a look at our menu. Your best dining at the beach is only a reservation away!

Nicola Pizza

Nicola Pizza started business in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in 1971. Soon afterward Nicholas Caggiano, owner of Nicola Pizza, originated the Nic-o-Boli's. He first offered it to his employees and later he sold it to his customers. An American Tradition was born.....Today Joan & Nick still use the finest indgredients. Fats from the beef are extracted, 3 different kinds of cheeses are blended, and the sauce and dough contain no animal fat or vegetable oil...A natural homemade product. Our menu does not include any peanut products.


As we enter our 20th year of excellence, Sedona still offers the best in creative American cuisine, featuring local produce, freshly caught fish, and a variety of house made desserts with Gluten free and vegetarian dishes also available. A full bar and comprehensive wine list provide plenty of options to round out your experience in a sophisticated and warm atmosphere brought to you by a friendly and professional staff.

Smitty McGees

Irish style raw bar in West Fenwick Ireland, DE

Summer House

A Rehoboth Beach tradition, the Summer House is known for its fresh, well-prepared food presented in an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere with prompt and friendly service. Jumbo lump crabcakes, tender barbecued ribs and chicken, just-ground burgers, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf, and monster steaks are just a few of the restaurant's specialties. A varied selection of salads, soups, starters and yummy side dishes round out the menu, and specials change daily.

The Big Fish Grill

Founded in 1997 by brothers Norman and Eric Sugrue, Delaware's Big Fish Grill has become one of the premier spots for casual dining in the region. A unique blend of original recipes, must have favorites and affordable prices have resulted in a dedicated following. Enough so to earn numerous "Best Seafood at the Beach" awards by Delaware Today magazine.

The Cottage Cafe

We Promise... Extraordinary Service and Exceptional Reasonably-Priced Food, Served in a Pleasant Dining Atmosphere

The Parkway

Proprietor and Executive Chef, Dana Banks, now heading the kitchen, invites you to dine at The Parkway Restaurant in Bethany Beach, Delaware! The Parkway opened in June, 1997 - owner, manager Dana Banks is always on premise to insure consistency and quality of food and service. Dana's influence of Hawaiian Regional and Pacific Rim Cuisine reflects in the current menu of traditional fine dining including Steak, Crabcakes & Seafood.

The Parkway has been serving fine cuisine for over ten years. The Parkway is open year-round and offers in-house private parties, on or off premise catering. Gift certificates are available and can be handled over the phone or by e-mail. In addition to the Dinner Menu - the Parkway has a lite-fare menu, full bar and children are welcomed.

Contact Information

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Ashley Brosnahan Beach Team
Long & Foster Realtors
33298 S. Coastal Highway
Bethany Beach DE 19930
Ashley: (302) 841-4200
Heather: (302) 858-7805 Neil: (302) 462-6196