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Do you ever need your beach fix, even though it’s the off-season?
Well, we did this past October!
Being from Pennsylvania, our beach options are quite limited aside from visiting Erie. Of the many beautiful beaches along the East Coast of the United States, we decided to visit Dewey Beach, Delaware, in October, the beginning of the off-season. Even though the beaches aren’t 85 degrees and sunny, it is still fun to visit Dewey Beach regardless of the time of year!
Visiting Deleware Beaches During the Off-Season: Top Things to See and Do
Benefits of Visiting the Beach During the Off-Season
The sound of the wave and the salty air were so refreshing. Visiting Delaware beaches during the off-season has its perks. Hotel prices are down significantly, the crowds are reduced, and there are more locals around. It was very nice to not have to wait an hour for a table at a restaurant! And since it’s the off-season, this is the time of year where dogs are allowed on the beaches! So during the off-season in Delaware, you can bring your furry friend along!
Top Things to Do in Dewey Beach During the Off-Season
Our visit to Dewey Beach during the off-season was very nice considering the weather isn’t perfect beach weather. Considering it was October, it was still between 65 and 75 degrees. Now for some, like our California and Florida readers, this might be sweater weather, but for Pennsylvanians, it’s still summer for us.
Visit the Beach
Of course, the top thing to do in Dewey Beach is visit the beach!
Go to the Outlets
One of the nicest parts about visiting Delaware is the tax-free shopping! Around the beaches, there are many Tanger Outlets with all of your shopping needs!
Where to Eat in Dewey Beach: Woody’s Dewey Beach
It’s no wonder Woody’s is famed for it’s “best crabcake in Dewey Beach.” It really was the best crabcake I have ever had! If you’re looking for a delicious crabcake, this place is worth the wait!
Where to Eat in Dewey Beach: Hammerhead’s
This sports bar-style restaurant was great for your typical bar food appetizers and sandwiches. We also had a crabcake here; however, it was not as good as Woody’s!
Where to Stay in Dewey Beach: Gold Leaf Hotel
The Goal Leaf Hotel was an average hotel for our weekend getaway to Dewey Beach. The location was great, it was only a block away from the beach access and within walking distance of good restaurants! Covered parking was available which was nice because being close to the beach the salt and sand didn’t stick to our car. The breakfast was ok with cereal, muffins and bagels, coffee and tea, and eggs and sausage. The staff was very friendly at the front desk. The price was very affordable and cheap the weekend we stayed there, but it reflected the quality of the stay.
Top Things to Do in Rehoboth Beach During the Off-Season
Dewey Beach is located a few miles south of another Delaware Beach, Rehoboth. Unlike Dewey Beach, Rehoboth is more populated because of the boardwalk. The boardwalk features the classics like arcades, boardwalk fries, and Dolles Saltwater Taffy. Some of the shops were closed because it was the off-season, but most places we wanted to go were open! And many of the shops were having the end of season sales, so we were able to get some great deals on souvenirs!
Where to Stay in Rehoboth Beach
During our first visit to Rehoboth Beach many years ago, we stayed at the Hotel Rehoboth a luxury hotel in Rehoboth Beach. The hotel itself and the rooms were beautiful! The staff was incredibly friendly. Hotel Rehoboth offers a shuttle to and from the beach since it wasn’t beachfront. The also provide towels, chairs, and umbrellas for the beach as well.
For our most recent visit to Rehoboth, we stayed at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, which is located oceanfront on the Rehoboth Boardwalk. It was very nice that Atlantic Sands was oceanfront! Compared to some hotels, it was a little dated, however the rooms were very comfortable, there was covered parking, a pool, optional breakfast, and ocean views!
Take Day Trip to Dover, Delaware for a NASCAR Race
On the last day of our off-season, a weekend getaway to Delaware, we drove one hour north to Dover where we went to the Monster Energy NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. This was my first time going to a NASCAR race and it was a lot of fun! We got the general admission ticket with the Fanvision Radio Scanner. You’re allowed to take in your own cooler with food and drinks, which was very nice! And the parking wasn’t too difficult. It was only $10 in a lot that was only a 5-minute walk from the track.
If you’re looking for something different to do in Delaware, definitely consider attending a race. It was a unique and fun experience!