On the Delaware shore, Rehoboth Beach is about a two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington, or Philadelphia. It's a growing travel destination for gays from all over the globe, with sun, sand, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Once known for its summer season, all of the clubs and most of the restaurants and shops are now open year-round.
Most of Rehoboth's gay businesses are clustered within two blocks of the boardwalk that fronts the Atlantic Ocean, so you'll rarely need to drive anywhere. If you do have a car, you'll be pleased that so many guesthouses have off-street parking. If you park on the street, remember to feed the meters, as police write tickets every day until midnight.
If this is your first visit, stop by the Chamber of Commerce on your way into town. Arriving on Route 1A, which becomes the main drag of Rehoboth Avenue, look for the old railway station just past the canal.
Rehoboth does not have it's own airport. The closest airports are Salisbury Ocean City Airport in Maryland, which is 45 minutes from Rehoboth, the Philadelphia INTL Airport and the Baltimore Washington International (BWI), which are both about 2 hours from Rehoboth, or Dulles INTL which is 2.5 hours from Rehoboth. From there the easiest thing to do is rent a car.
The best way to get around within Rehoboth is with your own two feet. The Jolly Trolley runs daily shuttles, 8am-2am from Memorial Day (end of May) to Labor Day (early September), for $2.50 per trip, between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Look for them on Rehoboth Avenue at the Boardwalk. The Delmarva Beach Guide has a trolley route map and schedule, along with info on the DART Resort Transit Bus from the Park & Ride Lot on Shuttle Road, off Delaware Rt. 1.
What to do
Rehoboth is a resort town, it's all about relaxing shopping and enjoying a evening out. There are two gay beaches in town. North Shores is popular with women, while Poodle Beach is where the boys are. South of the main drag, this very crowded spot is past Queen and Prospect streets on the boardwalk.
About two miles further down the shore is Delaware Seashore State Park, where you'll find seven miles of sand and surf. About 20 miles south is Assateague Island National Seashore, where wild ponies can be spotted. Up the coast is Cape Henlopen State Park, home of the 'walking dunes' and more miles of unspoiled beach. If you like gambling, Delaware now has three full casinos with everything from slots to table games. the casino's in Dover and Harrington are only about 45 minutes from Rehoboth.
Media & Resources
Letters from Camp Rehoboth is the local source for gay news. VisitRehoboth is a good local website guide, with coupons for savings at area businesses. Rehoboth Beach Fever is another online area guide, with local tips and reviews.
The Cape Gazette has general news and business listings for the Delaware Cape Region. Rehoboth.com has info on hotels, shops, restaurants, events and nightlife. Delaware Beach Life is a local glossy magazine with an online digital edition.
We list some restaurants in our map and listings pages. For more comprehensive list see the website of Rehoboth Foodie.
For general tourist information see the official city website, CityofRehoboth.com.
For locations and websites of businesses listed below, and more, see our Rehoboth Beach gay map & listings pages.
Cabana Gardens Guest House (20 Lake Ave) quiet, central, comfortable guesthouse, private baths, heated pool, roof deck.
Delaware Inn B&B (55 Delaware Ave) gracious southern hospitality, near beach and restaurants.
Lighthouse Inn (20 Delaware Ave) a half- block from ocean, private baths, fireplaces, hot tub, wireless internet.
Ram's Head Inn (35006 Warrington Rd) men-only, clothing optional, pool, sauna, hot tub, gym, sun decks.
Rehoboth Guest House (40 Maryland Ave) gay-owned Victorian beach house, sun decks, reasonable prices.
Royal Rose Inn (41 Baltimore Ave) 1920s beach cottage, near shops, restaurants, nightlife.
Shore Inn (703 Rehoboth Ave) adults- only B&B, five blocks from downtown, sundeck, pool, hot tub, full bar.
Silver Lake Guest House (133 Silver Lake Dr) on waterfowl preserve, panoramic views, close to gay beach and downtown.
Bars & Clubs
Aqua Grill (57 Baltimore Ave) hip patio restaurant, young crowd, not far from gay beach.
Back Porch (59 Rehoboth Ave) fine dining, casual beach atmosphere, lunch and dinner every day.
Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave) delicious food, reasonable prices, patio bar for after-beach happy hour.
Cloud Nine (234 Rehoboth Ave) lounge, dance club and bistro, shows, nice views.
Dos Locos (208 Rehoboth Ave) American, Mexican and seafood menu.
Double L Bar (622 Rehoboth Ave) only men's cruise bar in Delaware, bears, leather/Levi crowd, open late, big patio, smoking permitted, cigars encouraged, pool games and video bowling, Saturday MANdance, summer season guest DJs, special parties off-season, open nightly 4pm - 2am.
Frogg Pond (3 South 1st St) friendly neighborhood pub, inexpensive drinks, lunch and dinner specials, live bands.
Iguana Grill (52 Baltimore Ave) tropical drinks, steaks and Mexican food, inside and outside seating.
Purple Parrot Bar & Grill (247 Rehoboth Ave) restaurant and lounge, buff staff, karaoke, Sunday drag shows.
Shopping & Services
Delaware has no sales tax, making shopping a treat. The three outlet malls in town offer over 100 brand-name stores and plenty of unique boutiques.
Beach Essentials (33 G Baltimore Ave) unique beach and club clothes, innovative casual wear.
Proud Book Store (149 Rehoboth Avenue) the new gay bookstore in Rehoboth Beach.
Snyder's Candy (60 Rehoboth Ave) chocolate, fudge, salt water taffy, gummies, 70 licorice varieties from around the world.
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