It’s hard to beat relaxing early mornings at the ocean.
And while adventure and adrenaline are both welcome aspects of traveling and taking vacations, there is definitely something to be said for the laid back beach town vacay. Breezy ocean air, families playing in the water, a ton of vitamin D, and all the fish and chips you could ask for.
Everyone just lounges on their beach chairs with a beverage, music, and the pb&j they grabbed on their way out the door of the quaint beach house they rented for the week. No deadlines to meet or meetings to attend – unless you count that meeting with the fried pickle stand at noon. (But that’s a meeting I, personally, love attending.)
And there’s truly no better quintessential beach town than Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Now I may be a little biased considering my family has held our family reunion vacations there for basically my whole life. But – we choose this town for good reason. It’s great. It’s peaceful. It’s beautiful. It’s family-friendly. It’s the town equivalent of the feeling you get when you’re riding a bike with the wind in your hair and you let go of the handlebars to look toward the sun.
So in order to try and convert others to the Bethany Beach fan club I’ve put together some of the reasons why Bethany is my favorite little quintessential beach town!
With the beach comes some staple foods and desserts like seafood, popcorn, donuts (and pretty much anything that’s bad –
but so good – for you). And Bethany Beach does an A+ job of providing these highly anticipated beach treats.
First of all, even though Bethany is technically in Delaware, it’s pretty close to Maryland – so the crabs pass the bar. And there are crab houses like ‘Mickey’s Family Crab House’ close to the center of the town for all your claw cracking desires. You can also get some bomb.com cream of crab soup at The Cottage Cafe. (*Highly recommended.)
And of course we almost always start our beach mornings off with the healthiest of breakfasts in order to fuel our bodies for the day – Fractured Prune Donuts. (Heh)
These donuts are seriously addicting – I could probably eat 10 of Fractured Prune’s Pebble Beach donut in one sitting. (But my better judgement tells me to maybe not actually do that…)
Bethany also has the Sandy Pony Donut truck which is a little closer to the center of town than Fractured Prune is. And the donuts are just as good!
While you’re on the sweets kick, once you’re finished with the donuts you can hop on over to the little Bethany boardwalk and get a gallon of Fisher’s caramel popcorn! We easily go through 3 gallons of this stuff every trip.
On top of the food, the town is charming and welcoming. Throughout the summer they have movies on the beach for the kids/families – or just for anyone who’s down to watch Moana or Finding Dory. (Me.)
(You can check out their schedule of movies for this summer here.)
Also, it’s definitely a bike town. There are bike racks all over the place and people ride to the beach, to the boardwalk, to go eat. This past week my sister and I rode up and down the streets on the canal and looked at some of the fun beach houses.
While exploring we happened upon this Little Free Library where people can take a book to read and leave books for others to read. I love this idea and it’s especially useful for beach towns! My sister picked up ‘It Ends With Us’ by Colleen Hoover for the week – and if you want you can read my book talk on that here. 🙂
Now, add in some mini golf, paddle boarding, kayaks, a book store, and yoga on the beach for the perfect beach town vacation!
Bethany’s got it all.
(Here are a few more pictures from when I was in Bethany last week: )
On the last night we were there a storm rolled in incredibly quickly. We watched it move across the sky and turn everything dark. When we made it back to our beach house the rain poured and the thunder and lightning was wild. We watched the lightning form and move across the entire sky.
(And I love storms so it was a perfect way to end the week for me.)
I could honestly live at Bethany all year round.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a beach vacation? Are you a fish in the water kind of person or a beach bum? A little of both?
Do you have a favorite beach town?
(P.S. if you’re going to the beach this summer, you should check out my Summer Pop Playlist while you relax by the water! 🙂 )