List of beaches in Delaware

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The Delaware Beaches are located along the Atlantic Ocean in the eastern part of Sussex County, Delaware, which is in the southern part of the state.[1] In addition to beaches along the ocean, the area offers many amenities, including restaurants, nightlife, fishing, golf courses, boardwalk areas, and tax-free shopping.[1][2] The beaches are popular tourist destinations for residents from the nearby areas of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Hampton Roads.[2] Out of the 30 states with coastline, the Delaware Beaches ranked number 1 in water quality in 2011[3] and again in 2014.[4]

Aerial image of the Delaware Beaches
Rehoboth Beach

List of beachesEdit

Cape Henlopen State Park
Bethany Beach

Major beaches in Delaware from north to south:


In 2003, the Delaware Senate passed a bill for the coastal area of Delaware to be referred to as the "Delaware Beaches", as Delaware residents refer to their coastline as the "beach" and not the "shore" like the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. The bill called for DelDOT to change signage directing motorists to the beaches from "Shore Points" to "Beaches".[5]


The Delaware Beaches area, particularly the Cape Region, tend to be more affluent and populous than western portions of Sussex County. The combined population of all of the ZIP codes in the Delaware Beaches area is about 43,851 (2009). The median household income in 2009 was $77,030.


According to SeaGrant Delaware, the Delaware Beaches generate $6.9 billion annually and over $711 million in tax revenue.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Delaware Beaches". Sussex County, Delaware. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  2. ^ a b "Home". Southern Delaware Tourism. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
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  4. ^ "Delaware beaches rank 1st for clean water in US". Philadelphia: WTXF-TV. Associated Press. June 26, 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Delaware State Senate, 142nd General Assembly, Senate Resolution No. 15, Delaware Senate, 2003, retrieved March 3, 2012
  6. ^ "The Contribution of The Coastal Economy To The State of Delaware". SeaGrant Delaware. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.

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Coordinates: 38°35′20″N 75°03′43″W / 38.589°N 75.062°W / 38.589; -75.062