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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Bethany Beach is a very small and affluent beach town in southern Delaware. The population is just under 1,000 but the town has considerable resources, including a short boardwalk. People come here because it is a beach resort with long beaches. Bethany Beach and nearby towns Lewes, South Bethany, Dewey, Rohobeth Beach, Fenwick Island comprise most of the Delaware shore resort area. Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island are popularly known as "The Quiet Resorts".  Photo of boardwalk courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Kit Conn.

Where to Retire in Bethany Beach and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in Bethany Beach and nearby towns (see Active Communties link at top right). 
Zillow reports the median home value to be $816,337, in early 2022, up over 30% during the past year. Millville and Ocean View are 2 neighboring communities just inland.

What Is Special about Bethany Beach

This is a beautiful and quiet beach town.  Delaware Seashore State Park is immediately to the north of the town, a six mile-long barrier island. There is no state sales tax and property taxes are quite low. See our mini Delaware Retirement Guide for more.

What Is Not Special about Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach has been hit by a number of big storms including Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and a Nor'easter in 1962 that caused a lot of damage. Real estate prices are extraordinarily high.

Climate and Physical Environment

Bethany Beach is in extreme southern Delaware on the Atlantic Ocean.  The average July high temperature is 86 and the average January low is 28. The wettest month is August (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Nature and the outdoors are a big part of Bethany Beach's culture. For more traditional culture a trip to Rehoboth Beach or Wilmington might be in order.


Crime in Bethany Beach is very high, although none of it is violent, largely inflated by thefts and burglaries.

Medical Facilities

The nearest acute care hospitals are about 16 miles away in towns like Lewes and Berlin.


There is a trolley that runs during the summer months. When compared to other communities Bethany Beach is below average in walkability.

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