Bethany Beach DE
Bethany Beach, Delaware, is a seaside community in Sussex County. The permanent population is about 1,000 although in the summer months vacationers number as many as 15,000 at a time. Together with Fenwick Island and South Bethany, Bethany Beach is one of the "quiet resorts" as they are commonly called. The relative quiet here is aided by the presence of the Delaware Seashore State Park just north of the community. The town attracts tourists and vacationers with its broad sandy beach and its classic boardwalk. All the beaches in Bethany Beach are public and are guarded by professional lifeguards that are part of the Bethany Beach Patrol.
Native American settlements in the general area were primarily restricted to areas north of the Indian River. Therefore, what is today Bethany Beach was largely uninhabited prior to the beginning of the 20th century. Bethany Beach began as an adult education summer camp started by the Disciples Of Christ in 1898. In 1900, the protestant denomination held a contest to name the new summer camp, and Bethany Beach was selected. Soon thereafter, lots were marketed rather aggressively and about 150 of them were sold to families from places as diverse as Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and Scranton. And octagonal auditorium called the Tabernacle was dedicated in July of 1901.
Parks and Recreation
Delaware Seashore State Park
is a large barrier island, 2,825-acre park just north of town. Swimming and sunbathing are among the most popular activities along the broad park beaches. Fishermen can try their luck either shore fishing along the Indian River Inlet or surf fishing in the Atlantic. Sailing and windsurfing are also popular pastimes here. Boaters can partake of the services of the Indian River Marina. Salt marshes and bay islands offer scenic views from the nature tail. Clamming and crabbing are also memorable activities to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Attractions and Activities
Although the water-based recreation in the area is certainly dominant, golf is well-represented as well at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club
. This 27-hole championship layout is just three-miles west of Bethany Beach. Classic bent grass fairways contrast with native wetland grasses and sand dunes. Architect Rick Jacobson, a former Nicklaus associate, has honored the native terrain here. Eleven significant water hazards result in water coming into play on almost every hole. Contoured bunkers and grassy hollows further add to the need for strategic shotmaking.
Those wanting a change of pace from the sunny beaches here can find shaded tranquility at the Bethany Beach Nature Center
. There's a scenic nature trail, some live turtles and educational exhibits about the indigenous flora and fauna.
A Sandcastle Contest draws many contestants and spectators to Delaware Seashore State Park every July. Prizes are awarded to those adjudged to have sculpted the very best sand castles and one-of-a-kind sculptures.
Living in Bethany Beach offers residents an opportunity to feel like they are on a permanent vacation. A capable local real estate agent can help a prospective home buyer to more quickly sort through all the wonderful homes for sale in this classic seaside community.