Looking for a Delaware beach vacation this summer? There are plenty of options, since Delaware is known for its Atlantic Ocean beaches and great fishing, swimming, and sunbathing.

If a summer vacation spent outdoors with the family appeals, Delaware beach towns might be just a ticket. Whether you spend your vacation eating seafood on the boardwalk, birdwatching, or soaking up local nautical history, you're sure to enjoy your Delaware beach vacation.

Here are some of the top Delaware beaches to visit, along with tips on what to do there and how to plan an affordable Delaware beach vacation.

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Vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Best Delaware beaches to visit for summer vacation 2021

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware provides the ideal summer vacation in a charming Atlantic Coast town. The beach boasts an award-winning boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops that provide a fun afternoon for the whole family. Visitors can also check out the Rehoboth Beach Museum to learn the local history and spend the evening at a free concert at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (with a robust lineup for summer 2021!).

Make your summer vacation to Rehoboth Beach memorable and affordable by staying in a HomeExchange. Stay in Danny and Maria's spacious home with tons to do, or Sarah's peaceful oasis close to town. By staying in a Delaware beach vacation rental alternative with HomeExchange, you can live like a local, getting tips from people who live there so you can find the best spots in the area.

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Vacation in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Best Delaware beaches to visit for summer vacation 2021

Bethany Beach is a small, quaint town in Delaware known for its expansive beach. If your idea of a dream vacation is playing in the sand and waves with the family all day, with a lunch break on the boardwalk, Bethany Beach is a great fit for you! You can enjoy delicious seafood, kayaking, and golf courses all summer long. North of Bethany Beach lies Delaware Seashore State Park, a barrier island with swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and fishing. From Bethany Beach you're also within easy driving distance of Fenwick Island State Park and Holts Landing State Park, offering bountiful wildlife and opportunities to explore.

Finding a HomeExchange in Bethany Beach can make it much more cost effective. While a traditional Bethany Beach summer vacation rental for a family averages $3,000 a week, the whole family can stay in a HomeExchange for just the $175 yearly membership. Renee's beach townhouse is clean and private, William's stunning home has a private beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and Jan's spacious home is just steps from the beach. Spend your money on activities and seafood instead of overpriced accommodations!

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Vacation in Lewes, Delaware

Best Delaware beaches to visit for summer vacation 2021

Lewes, Delaware is neighbor to Rehoboth Beach, but offers a vibrant culture of its own with plenty to do. According to Visit Delaware, Lewes is "perhaps the most beloved town in Delaware," offering a quiet getaway with excellent restaurants and nautical heritage. If you're looking for a beach vacation off the beaten path, Lewes just might be a perfect fit. Visit Cape Henlopen State Park and enjoy its nature center (with a touch tank), fishing pier, hiking trails, and ocean swimming.

If you're looking for a cleaner, safer vacation rental alternative in Lewes, give HomeExchange a try. In a HomeExchange like George and Michael's cozy art studio, you can enjoy the comfort of a house or apartment just for you and your loved ones. You'll spend your Delaware beach vacation in a real, authentic and warm homes with fewer guests per month than other accommodation options.

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