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Rehoboth Beach is known as “The Nation’s Summer Capital.” Located on the Atlantic Coast only two hours drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore or Philadelphia, this beach resort town is one of those rare places that offer both tranquility and excitement. For decades it has enjoyed a reputation as a premier multi-season resort, and has a special charm and natural beauty that attract thousands of visitors each year. The earliest settlers in the area were Native Americans who came to the beach in the summer months to escape the heat inland and for the abundant seafood. Between the years 1650 and 1675, both English and Dutch settlers put down their roots in the Rehoboth Beach area and it became home to farmers and members of William Penn’s earliest legislators. In the late 1800s, Reverend Robert W. Todd of Wilmington visited the area and soon decided to start building a camp here. In 1873, 414 acres were purchased from local farmers and The Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association was formed. The grounds for this spiritual retreat were laid out in a fan shape, with wide streets, parks and building lots. That design remains largely intact today in the town of Rehoboth Beach. The Association discontinued its formal meetings in 1881, and in 1925 a paved highway was completed from Georgetown to Rehoboth. This helped to link the resort with the paved roads to Washington D.C. Soon word spread of the delightful coastal retreat and many legislators, diplomats and government employees began to visit and vacation here. It wasn’t too long before Rehoboth Beach earned the nickname as the “Nation’s Summer Capital.” Today it is Delaware’s largest beach resort.

The city has a unique combination of quality residential areas, boutiques and shops, fine restaurants and outdoor recreation. Downtown Rehoboth has a mile-long boardwalk that allows bike riding, walking and jogging. Known as “the boards” to locals, it also has miniature golf, arcades, a small amusement park, and a bandstand and is the site of many festivals. White sand beaches and natural sand dunes abound with vegetation and wildlife. Swimming, surf fishing, sailing, hiking and biking and golf are just a few of the activities available in Rehoboth. A lot of people like to just relax on the beach or look for shells and “hidden treasure.” Whatever your preference – you can be as active as you want or do nothing but enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean. The community of Dewey Beach is just south of town and is a natural sandbar community that boasts an ocean on one side of town and a bay on the other. Rehoboth is also just a short drive to the historical cities of Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey. Other nearby attractions include the Delaware Seashore State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park. When the sun goes down, Rehoboth stays awake and has lots of hot spots with live music and dancing and great food. Rehoboth also hasn’t forgotten its beginnings are a spiritual center, and today is home to several day spas that pamper visitors with soothing massage, body wraps and the latest in health and beauty products. Rehoboth Beach resort is the quintessential Atlantic Coast beach town with everything you need for a relaxing and restorative vacation.


 

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