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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Lewes, Delaware

Lewes, Delaware is a small town of about 3,100 people on the southern coast of Delaware, just above Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Fenwich Island.  Lewes is a very big boating town and the dock is always a great place to inspect hundreds of boats in season. From here one can cruise Delaware Bay or the Atlantic. Fisherman's Wharf is a dock that stretches along the Rehoboth Canal.The area was the first to be settled, in this case by the Dutch. It is considered an ocean resort.  The area is the fastest growing region of Delaware. The main street (Second St.)  has many shops, restaurants, and historical attractions.  

Where to Retire in Lewes and Home Prices

A great many active adult communities are in the region, both in Lewes and surrounding communities like Rehoboth Beach  (Look for Active Communities using link at top left).
The median home value was $350,000 in mid-2021, according to, although there are many homes selling for much more in the region.

What Is Special about Lewes

This is a top tourist area because of its beaches, proximity to Cape Henlopen State Park, and the shopping malls of Rehoboth Beach. Lewes is one of the oldest towns in America and dates back to 1631.The Ryves-Holt House, built in 1665, is the oldest house in Delaware. The 1926 Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse stands presides over Lewes Harbor. The Cannonball House is another attraction.  Lewes is a very walkable community.

What Is Not Special about Lewes

Some people might not like Lewes living because it is so far from any city - it is like living in a resort. It is also on the expensive side.

Climate and Physical Environment

Lewes is on the southern Delaware coast just above Rohoboth Beach near the terminus of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lewes is proud of its Zwaanendael Museum, which features exhibits about the history of Delaware. There are a lot of tourist oriented things to do in Lewes, including dining out.


The crime rate is about half the national average.

Medical Facilities

Beebe Medical Center is the primary hospital located in Lewes. Nanticoke Hospital, also in Sussex county, is located in Seaford, DE, about 30 miles west of Lewes.


The town is the terminus of the Lewes-Cape May (NJ) ferry. Salisbury-Ocean City Airport is about 40 miles. The Delaware Transit Authority (DART) operates buses on fixed schedules in Sussex county. DART also operates free buses to/from a park and ride and the beaches, the boardwalk and the shopping outlets. 

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