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Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

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Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

We live in Pittsburgh, PA and would like an August beach vacation with a Cape Cod feel. However, we are not interested in an 8+ hour drive from SW PA w/our girls, 14 and 12. Any suggestions for us? Please don't recommend Outer Banks bec it's too far and too many folks from here vacation there. We like nature, kayaking, sailing, tidepools, sunbathing, food, culture, etc. (Tennis & Golf, too--but not critical!) Originally from SF, CA so do not know the eastern seaboard well. Thanks in advance for any help. Happy New Year!

(I posted this question on the Maryland forum yesterday and my replies suggested DE beaches... hence this reposting in a DE forum.)

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1. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

Let's see.....Delaware coast can meet several of your requirements. Good beaches obviously. Kayaking available either ocean side or in Indian River or Rehoboth Bay. Rehoboth offers great dining opportuniites. Nature in the area....Cape Henlopen state park. Nearby is Trap Pond with cypress swamps (also with kayaking). Rehoboth boardwalk is great for families. I prefer it as it is not as crowded and frantic feeling as Ocean City MD. Lewes ofers historic sites. Bethany Beach is another family town but with a very small boardwalk.

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2. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

Many thanks! It sounds like Rehoboth would be more our cup of tea than Bethany. Happy New Year to you!!

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3. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

downtown area of rehoboth has a CC feel in a hyannis kind of way.

Not sure what to compare Bethany too as it has a small main street area, some gorgeous homes and very expensive homes for on the ocean side of rt1 and some mixed rentals (condos, townhouses a short distance away in a very popular rental community called

resort quest. resortquestdelaware.com/… This is also very close to OC, MD if you want to visit the boardwalk or any of the OC restaurants, mini golf, water parks, etc.

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4. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

I concur that DE would be a good choice.

Lewes, hands down, most resembles an historic New England seaport town. It is centered along the Lewes/Rehoboth canal; their harbor berths a fishing and sight-seeing fleet, charter boats, and features scenic waterfront dining and shopping.

Their beach is along the DE bay (much like an ocean beach but sans waves). There are plenty of beachhfront and beachblock cottages for rent and also houses in town. A rustic ocean beach and hiking trails are just up the road in Cape Henlopen SP. They rent kayaks in the park, but there are also paddling ecotours and sailing nearby in Rehoboth bay. You can play disc golf, basketball and tennis in CHSP or at Cape Henlopen high school. Plenty of good public golf courses nearby also.

Rehoboth is very close for the boardwalk, Funland (amusement park) and plenty of unique dining options. There is even a biking/hiking rail-trail that links the two towns. There are other amusements and tax-free outlet shopping in the area.

I'm just not sure if it would be a much shorter drive for you.

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5. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

I used to figure about 6 to 6 1/2 hrs to drive Wilmington to Pitb. Its about 1 3/4 hrs from here to Rehoboth minimum then add in beah traffic. Of course, driving Pitb to Rehoboth would be more direct going over Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Rt 50.

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6. Re: Good beach destinations closer than Cape Cod?

We have been to the Rehoboth area several times and love it. There is something for everyone.

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