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For many Delawareans, a trip to the beach is a yearly tradition. Whether you go during the off-season and enjoy the beaches like the locals, or you throw yourself into the chaos in the middle of the summer, quick access to incredible beaches is one of the best parts about living in Delaware! If you normally head to Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, or Dewey each year, consider taking the time to visit the “Quiet Resorts” of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island for a change of pace. There are a few reasons why Delawareans swear by these underrated towns, so check them out below in this list from Only in Delaware.

1. You won’t have to fight the crowds.
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Fewer tourists make their way to Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island each year, so crowds aren’t much of a problem even in the middle of the summer. If you visit in the offseason, you’ll practically have the town to yourself.

2. The beaches are cleaner and you’ll have more open space.

The whole point of a beach vacation is the beach, right? While Rehoboth Beach has been recognized as having one of the nicest in the nation, you can get some of that same natural beauty in the quiet resorts with a whole lot of room for your beach towels and blankets.

3. There are dining options for everyone in the family.

Whether you want pizza, crabs, seafood, burgers, or just a whole lot of Thrasher’s fries, you’ll find it in Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island. Plus, the best taco shop in the state is Papa Grande, right in Fenwick Island! Everyone will be well fed on a southern Delaware vacation.

4. Bayside views are hard to beat.

Visit Harpoon Hanna’s or any of the other places around Lighthouse Cove for a scenic view and a stunning sunset.

5. You’ll be close to all the family-friendly attractions along the coast.

At any given time, you’re only a short drive from the amusement parks of Ocean City, Maryland and the parties up in Dewey. Plus, Fenwick Island is home to Viking Golf & Go-Karts and the Thunder Lagoon Waterpark. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, visit the Bethany Beach Nature Center.

6. You can spend some time browsing the state’s most unique shops.

Be prepared to come home with some souvenirs! Quirky and fun shops like Pottery Place and Tidepool Toys are sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.

7. Rentals are more affordable.

If you choose to spend a few days here, you’ll find that rentals and resorts are more affordable than in Rehoboth or Ocean City. That means you can stay for a little longer, or be able to enjoy a few more experiences.

8. You can start your days with the best bloody Mary around.

Crabcake Factory Bayside serves up the most outrageous bloody Mary you can find. Plus, they serve up delicious crabcakes and seafood entrees. It’s the ideal vacation destination. Read more about it right here.

9. You’ll make endless memories discovering all these underrated towns have to offer.

Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island show off the best of Delaware’s beaches in a quiet and family-friendly way. You’ll love your stay!

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