Enjoy a budget-friendly beach vacation at Lewes or Rehoboth with this handy guide from The Inn at Lewes. Looking for affordable accommodations in Rehoboth? Book directly with us and get access to exclusive discounts!
Nothing quite says “vacation” like sun, sand, and the beach!
Many of us think that to have an amazing beach vacation, one has to spend big bucks. But you’d be surprised to know that in the smaller, quieter resort towns, especially in Southern Delaware beaches like Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany, and Dewey, enjoying a beach trip is surprisingly affordable.
Staying in these resort towns in the first state can save you a lot of money since access to the beach is free, and they offer several free or inexpensive family-friendly fun activities with affordable dining options. And lucky for you, all are great picks that won’t wipe out your bank account—so that you can stretch out and get your toes in the sand worry-free!
So, what are you waiting for? Check out our list of suggestions for things to look out for when you plan a beach getaway to Rehoboth or Lewes:
Good ol’ Family-Friendly Fun
While Lewes is a quieter town, Rehoboth is where the fun happens. Families looking to explore the fun of this small resort town can start off with an old-fashioned trip to Rehoboth Beach and the famous Boardwalk—there is no beach fee! Kids and adults love going there as it is lined up with shops that have so much to offer. Treat your child (or your inner child, don’t be shy!) to a yummy ice-cream from Kohr’s, or for the ones with a sweet tooth, get to Dolle’s Candyland at Rehoboth Avenue to enjoy your favorite sweet treats!
If going to the beach sounds too cliché to you, then worry not—there’s so much more to do in Rehoboth! Delaware is a sales tax-free state—so if you’re someone who loves to shop, then Tanger’s Outlet is the place to shop your heart out. Cool out at Jungle Jim’s Water Park, which features the region’s largest waterpark, go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages and much more. Most people agree that it is very reasonably priced—plus kids love splashing about at Jungle Jim’s!
When it comes to keeping your Rehoboth Beach getaway budget-friendly, The Inn at Lewes’ kitchenette is a great choice. It is fully equipped with a full-size refrigerator and all cooking essentials like stovetop, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, and pots & pans, so that you can whip up a quick or elaborate meal whenever you like. Tip: Travel light and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables from the Historic Lewes Farmers Market—that way, you support the locals and only get the freshest produce for a delicious meal!
Or if you’re not too excited about the prospect of cooking while you’re on a vacation, we suggest stepping out of your comfortable stay at The Inn at Lewes and going next door to our neighbors Matt’s Fishing Camp—they serve delicious food at a reasonable price!
A Pet-Friendly Vacation
If there’s one thing that can make your beach vacation to Rehoboth & Lewes even better, it’s bringing your pooch along with you! Dogs love sand beneath their paws and snoot, and there are many dog-friendly beaches in Southern Delaware (be sure to check local & state guidelines first) that allow taking your dog out in public places and enjoy a delightful vacation without putting too much stress on your bank.
Salty Paws Rehoboth is one such dog-friendly establishment that lets you treat your puppy to their favorites, including lactose-free ice cream and cookies. Another great way to enjoy with your pooch is to take them out and be one with nature—most of Delaware’s State Parks allow outdoor adventures with your dogs on their trails, as long as you follow their guidelines.
At the end of a fun day, all we need is a restful night of sleep, and so does our pooch. The best thing about booking a stay at The Inn at Lewes is that we’re a pet-friendly motel in Lewes, Rehoboth—our spacious suites can accommodate 2 dogs (up to 70 lbs.) comfortably, so that both you and your furry friends can enjoy the much needed Zzzzzzs!
Romance at the Beach
Since Rehoboth and Lewes are small resort towns, they’re also the perfect destination for couples looking to enjoy an intimate beach getaway. Enjoying that perfect beach sunrise or sunset with your special someone is priceless; and South Delaware beaches offer some of the best views! Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars at Cape Henlopen, or indulge in a private conversation with a glass of wine at the Nassau Valley Vineyards.
A romantic walk during the evening or early morning on the beach or Boardwalk is always a great idea. If food is your love language, then South Delaware beaches offer multiple affordable dining options to enjoy with your beloved. Plus, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand hosts free music concerts all summer long, which is another great way to spend more time with your partner if you both enjoy good music.
You can also surprise your partner by cooking up their favorite meal in your very private, fully-equipped kitchenette that comes with your suite when you stay at The Inn at Lewes. Make it more intimate and romantic with a candlelight dinner, and watch as their happiness increases with that thoughtful gesture!
Solo Beach Trip for the Soul
South Delaware is one of the best vacation spots for all kinds of travelers, be it family, couples, groups, or solo. If you’re wondering how solo travelers such as yourself can make the most of their beach trip on a budget to Lewes or Rehoboth, then this blog is for you.
As with others, the beach is the perfect place to enjoy solo. If you’re a fan of surfing or parasailing, then Rehoboth offers a lot in terms of watersports. Or if you’re more outdoorsy type, then you can rent a bike or hike at Cape Henlopen, Gordons Pond Trail, Junction & Breakwater Trail, or Burton Island Nature Preserve. Fishing enthusiasts can rent a charter boat from the marina to cast their line, or catch the big fish from the rock jetties of the inlet or from the beach at DE Seashore State Park.
If you are the one who loves to spend their time among books then don’t forget to visit the Lewes Public Library. For history buffs, Lewes Public Museum has the town’s rich history stored for you. Or, if you are a fan of fresh beer then Dogfish Head or Thompson Island are the places for you to try some locally brewed beer!
South Delaware, especially Lewes and Rehoboth, are one of the best places to take an affordable beach vacation while enjoying everything that these resort towns have to offer. Plus, with the best deals on vacation rentals at The Inn at Lewes, you can save even more money on your trip to Rehoboth! We offer 9 apartment-style studio suites, complete with a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette, so that you can enjoy a relaxed and affordable accommodation. The best part—we’re a pet-friendly property off of Coastal Highway, southbound Route 1, and are conveniently located between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.