Looking for a long weekend or week away at the beach this year? Then you’re probably already looking at the small towns and communities along Delaware’s coast line. Located in southeastern Delaware along the shores of the Atlantic Oceans sits the town of Lewes. Nestled between the Great Marsh Preserve and the Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes offers a lot of opportunities to get outdoors and explore nature. Up and down Delaware’s coast is friendly coastal communities with varied attractions. In Lewes you can choose a home along the beach or look a few blocks away to avoid the crowds and save some money. Here’s a look at the top 12 Lewes vacation rental locations for you and your family to consider.

1. Lewes

Relax and unwind at the beach in Lewes with a vacation rental within walking distance. If salt water isn’t your thing, take the kids to Jungle Jim’s for a day of water slides and bumper boats. Rent a boat or take a tour out on the water with a glimpse of the Delaware Breakwater East End Light that sits on a small spit of land in the ocean.

2. Slaughter Beach

Enjoy a slower pace and stay away from the normal crowds when you stay at Slaughter Beach just a little bit north of Lewes. After playing on the beach and getting your fill of splashing in the surf, put on your sturdy shoes and explore the Prime Hook State Wildlife Management Area. You can explore these marshlands by canoe or wander along the trails looking at the unique flora and fauna.

3. Bowers

To the north, find the close-knit community of Bowers right on the water. Charter a boat and take the family out to the ocean for some fishing or just wait until the boats come in and stop by one of the local restaurants for an amazing seafood dinner. Learn more about the area’s history as a community along the ocean at the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum.

4. Rehoboth Beach

Drive south to find the popular destination of Rehoboth Beach with its vacation rentals right along the beach. Toss down a beach blanket to enjoy the sun while your kids play in the surf and build sand castles. Afterward, stretch your legs on the boardwalk, visiting the eclectic collection of shops and munching on funnel cakes, water ice and fresh hot pretzels. Take the kids over to Funland to ride on the amusement park rides.

5. Dewey Beach

On the beach in the coastal community of Dewey Beach, you’ll find plenty of room to spread out your blanket and help your kids build a sandcastle with its wide beach area. Once a year, the beach goes to the dogs when owners and rescued greyhounds hit the beach for two days in a festival known as the Greyhounds Reach the Beach in the fall.

6. North Bethany

Take a break from the crowds and enjoy some downtime with your family with a vacation rental in North Bethany. Fill your days reading your favorite novel on the beach, while the kids hunt up seashells and take turns burying each other in the sand. In the protected area of the Delaware Seashore Fresh Pond, you and the family can explore this marshland ecosystem from the hiking trails.

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7. White Creek

Just south of Route 1, you find the sleepy little community of White Creek and feel all your stress draining away. While staying in the area, rent kayaks or a canoe for a day of paddling around the Salt Pond or try your hand fishing from its banks. At the Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar, you’ll be delighted with the tasty meals and stunning water views.

8. Bethany Beach

While away your days in Bethany Beach wandering along the boardwalk or splashing in the ocean. Enjoy time with your kids as you build a sandcastle together or walk the surf for seashells. Stop by the Bethany Bike Shop to rent bikes and explore the town. For a little friendly competition, find out who the best golfer in your family is at Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf.

9. South Bethany

Want to avoid the crowds? Then you might want to look in South Bethany Beach for the ideal vacation rental. You and your family can still head over to the boardwalk but enjoy quieter evenings in a residential neighborhood. Choose a space along one of the canals and rent a boat for easy access to the Indian River for days filled with boating and fishing.

10. York Beach

York Beach sits along the entrance to one of the barrier islands with fresh water on one side and the ocean on the other, offering your family a variety of water activities from surfing and seashell collecting to boating and water skiing. Rent kayaks or a canoe from one of the local outfitters and explore the Little Assawoman Bay from the water.

11. Fenwick Isle

Get outside and breathe in the fresh sea air with a rental in the coastal community of Fenwick Isle. Located next door to the Fenwick Island State Park, Fenwick Isle offers you and your family pristine beaches to play on or watch for dolphins playing in the water off the coast. Schedule a tour of the sound side of this barrier island with Coastal Kayak.

12. Fenwick Island Area

Drive a few minutes further south to find the Fenwick Island area and its close community. You and your family can enjoy all of your favorite beach activities or spend your days boating and fishing on the sound. Check out the local shops, including the Pottery Place to find something unique to take home with you.

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