Beach was founded in the 1870’s as the site of a religious camp. Following the development of a railroad and boardwalk in the 1900’s, Rehoboth Beach evolved into an active year-round gay friendly resort town. Today, it stands as a year-round gay resort, with more than 200 gay-owned restaurants, shops, lodgings and nightspots.
Embracing the northernmost part of the Delaware shore, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are only a short two-and-a-half hour drive from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, three hours from Philadelphia and four hours from New York City. You can also take Amtrak to Wilmington, DE, rent a car at the terminal and drive 1.5 hrs. downstate.
Thought of as the Mid-Atlantic region’s answer to Key West or Provincetown, Rehoboth boasts the famous Queen Street LGBT beach with plenty of people watching and a lively boardwalk full of arcades, eateries and bars. Many of the restaurants and attractions are surprisingly affordable, and there’s a great mix of cheap, elegant and trendy. This means you can grab a hot dog, stop at a crab shack, ride the bumper cars or spend the day at a spa and sit down for a lavish dinner. If you’re looking for a more active outing, you can head to one of the nearby parks for hiking trails, fishing, camping and kayaking. On nearby Route 1, you’ll find a haven for outlet shopping (FYI, there’s no sales tax in Delaware!).