enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or strolling along the 1mile boardwalk
This is the first Atlantic beach that I have visited with my kids - in fact, I haven't visited a beach on the Atlantic in about 15 years.
On the first Monday of summer, this beach was crowded. We had to wade through a sea of sun bathers and umbrellas to get to the ocean. Despite the crowds, the sand and the water were clean.
The undertow at the beach was noticeable. My ocean-savey five year old played at the edge of the shore quite adeptly. But, my four year old got knocked over by a wave, and gained a healthy fear of the ocean. There were lifeguards. I felt like the water was crowded, but we never bumped into anyone.
The temperature of the water was most definitely warmer than the Pacific off the coast of CA.
The sand was clean and a good quality for sandcastle building. There was enough room for us to comfortably play. There were some small shells and rocks which might bother some -especially when wading or digging.
The parking meters require quarters and the maximum time on them is 3 hours. At 11 AM we had to park about 4 blocks out (or a 15 min walk) to the beach. We did not come back to feed the meter - my kids are accustomed to short beach trips rather than entire days spent at the beach.
The boardwalk is cute and tasteful. With only three hours of parking, we didn't walk the boardwalk or try out the large variety of food options. We did get some ice cream to motivate us on our walk back to the car. It seemed that many people were just enjoying the boardwalk for the day - without ever stepping foot on the sand.
The bathrooms are close by, and they are not disgusting.
If you are looking for a beach with an atmosphere, convenient food options/restrooms, and you don't mind sharing your experience with a few hundred others, this is a very nice beach. If you are looking for a peaceful place to enjoy some quality family time in nature, look somewhere else.
You can definitely walk for free, but there is an arcade and lots of shops that will get your kids attention. The beach is right there and there are water spigots to rinse sand off, but for real beach access go north to the State Park (entrance fee $8). Very uncrowded, but you can still rent a beach umbrella. Only portapotties in the parking lot though.
Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, a cooler full of food, and towels! You'll want to plan to stay all day. Most of the parking is metered, so bring a card to pay with. There are tons of shops and eateries along the boardwalk. You'll definitely want to check out some of the ice cream places. The beach is very well kept, although it can be busy at times.
I am no expert on beaches, but I just loved the feel of this beach. It reminded me of beaches in California. The boardwalk offered many shops and food establishments to visit. There is no charge to go into the beach area the only charge is to park, which is fairly cheap. It is also nice in that the parking meters allow you to use your credit card to pay. This is great for people who do not want to carry lots of change to the beach. It is definitely geared toward a young crowd, but families also seem to fit in well. The beach itself is a bit stony so I suggest some water footwear.
I enjoy everything about relaxing in Rehoboth. Start your day off early with a bike ride. Don't. Have a bike? No worries rent one right on the boardwalk. After that ride relax by the ocean. Take in the sun while you eat the famous beach fries just keep an eye on the seagulls they love fries too.
My family visited Rehoboth Beach several years ago. We made it a day trip from Maryland (DC-metro area). It was a great opportunity to spend the day on the beach, do a little shopping at some cute shops and have dinner on the boardwalk. I'm sure we'll do it again as our youngest gets a little older.
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