What to Do in Dewey Beach: A Day Trip Guide to the Coastal Town

This summer, travel to Delaware's waterfront town to dine, dance and drink at these local restaurants, shops and beachside destinations.

Dewey Beach, known for its vibrant nightlife and draw for younger crowds, is a charming beach town located just south of Rehoboth Beach. Nightlife by the water isn’t the only thing this small beach town has to offer, especially for those wanting a relaxing day in the sun and sand.  

The beachside hotspot, which is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay, offers waterside restaurants and hotels on both sides of Coastal Highway. Its unique waterside position paired with its small-town charm makes it a great place for those looking to relax.  

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9 a.m. — Start the day with breakfast at The Starboard 

While The Starboard has quite a reputation as a live music venue and popular bar in the area, its breakfast might be equally as popular with those awake early enough to catch it. The Starboard offers outdoor dining and a wide range of breakfast menu items with eggs any way you like them, omelets with all the toppings you could desire and a lump crab skillet supposedly loved by the Hall of Fame Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Williams, according to The Starboard website.

For those looking to start the day with a creative cocktail creation, The Starboard’s cocktail menu includes unique Bloody Mary options like the Crabby Mary with lump crab meat, a candied bacon skewer, pickled green beans and an Old Bay rim.

2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach | 227-4600 

11 a.m. — Spend time outdoors by paddle boarding and kayaking around Rehoboth Bay  

Get a feel for the town and its surrounding areas while getting some exercise by paddle boarding or kayaking with Dewey Beach Water Sports. Located on the bayside, the water sports business offers a wonderful place to launch for those new and experienced in water sports. Paddleboard and kayak rentals start at $35 for an hour of rental time.

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113 Dickinson Ave, Dewey Beach | 227-1113

12:30 p.m. — Grab lunch and a local brew at Dewey Beer Co.

Whether you love a fruity sour, a refreshing pale ale or a full-bodied stout, Dewey Beer Co. has a brew for every craft beer enthusiast. Taste a few brews with small bites like wings, nachos and pretzel braids. If you need a substantial mid-day meal, try one of the burgers or the coastal po’ boy.

2100 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach | 226-7827 


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1 p.m. — Get some shopping done at local beach and surf shops 

Dewey doesn’t offer the upscale outlet shopping that Rehoboth might, but it’s still home to a few unique surf and beach shops. Vavala’s Beach Things and Dewey Beach Surf Shop offer all things Dewey Beach with branded shirts, sweatshirts and more. Fells Point Surf Co features several high-end surf clothing brands along with beauty supplies and accessories.

Vavala’s Beach Things, 1904 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach | 227-8008
Dewey Beach Surf Shop, 2105 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach |227-8288
Fells Point Surf Co, 23 Bellevue Street, Dewey Beach | 212-2005 

5 p.m. — Enjoy open-air dining in Dewey Beach at Nalu Surf Bar & Grill  

Nalu is the perfect spot for a final meal of the day with its comfortable covered outdoor seating and tropical theme. Nalu’s Pacific Island fusion cuisine means that you can start your meal with nachos, sushi or bacon-wrapped pineapple paired with a main course of a poke bowl, kalua pulled pork street tacos or a variety of burgers. Nalu also hosts live music all throughout the summer season along with a tiki bar serving specialty mixed drinks and beer on tap.

1308 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach | 227-1449 


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7:30 p.m. — Watch the gorgeous evening sky with a crackling beach bonfire

Dewey Beach Surf Shop offers a beach bonfire rental, so you’re able to enjoy all the comfort of a warm fire by the ocean. The rental includes two bundles of firewood and hands-free setup and cleanup by Dewey Beach Surf Shop workers. For extra fees, Dewey Beach Surf Shop will also rent out chairs, umbrellas, water coolers and games for the perfect beach party.  

(Note: Bonfire rentals from the surf shop need to be scheduled at least two days in advance.)

Dewey Beach Surf Shop, 2105 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach | 227-8288 

9:30 p.m. — Turn in for the night at the Surf Club Oceanfront Hotel 

The novelty of Surf Club Oceanfront Hotel is right in its name. Along with an outdoor pool, patio area and guest lounge, this hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, giving you the opportunity to wake up the next morning naturally with a picturesque sunrise.

1 Read Avenue, Dewey Beach | 227-7059


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