Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach

710 South Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, Delaware, 19930, United States
Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach
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Change station - Town of Bethany Beach websiteChange station - Town of Bethany Beach website

Photo courtesy of Town of Bethany Beach websitePhoto courtesy of Town of Bethany Beach website

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Fastest Way to Bethany Beach from DC?

by skydancer2010

What's the fastest way to get to Bethany Beach from the DC area? Mapquest has us on Route 50 and MD 404 for long periods. Aren't those roads with lots of streetlights, and stop and go traffic? Is there a faster way to get there?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Fastest Way to Bethany Beach from DC?

by grandmaR

Well you more or less have to go across the Bay Bridge on US 50. Mapquest says their route is 127 miles and 3 hours and 6 minutes. Average speed about 41 mph

I haven't done that route for some time but I think I remember 50 to 404 to Bridgeville and then down US 13 and across Delaware 20. Mapquest says that will take 15 minutes longer than their route and is 130 miles (so 3 miles more). Average about 39 mph - slower.

You could go all the way to Salisbury on 50 and the zip over toward Ocean City on Maryland 90 and then up the shore on Maryland 538 and Delaware 1. That's 158 miles and is supposed to take 3 hours 15 minutes. It's faster per mile (48 mph) but 30 more miles.

Depends also on when you go. The bridge is a bottleneck.

Travel Tips for Bethany Beach

Parking ~ I've Seen A Lot Worse

by starship

As parking goes in beach towns on the East Coast, I've seen a lot worse than that in Bethany Beach. In fact, I think the town has done a darn good job of trying to provide parking options for visitors for a town of its small size.

The major road entering town is Garfield Parkway which is two-ways divided by a large median. Garfield Parkway runs East to West and intersects with US Rt. 1 running North and South, and Pennsylvania Ave. & Atlantic Ave. which also run North to South. On Garfield Parkway between US Rt. 1 and the beach, the city has provided a decent size parking lot and other metered parking at the rate of 25 cents per 10 minutes meaning you can park for an hour for $1.50 or 8 hours for under $15. I don't believe there is a time limit on the parking as long as you have put enough quarters in the meter. Some of this metered parking is located on the beach block and this is true for other side streets running toward the beach as well. This is quite convenient really if you can arrive early. However, we arrived just around lunch time and didn't have to wait too long for a space.

The really convenient aspect of this is that the city has provided manned-kiosks which will give you quarters for paper money, as well as some information and directions. I found this really visitor friendly unlike more northerly beach towns! The only caution is that you cannot park in front of privately owned homes or rental properties if no parking meter is present.

The Beach

by tpangelinan

These are the fences that Delaware puts up to protect the beach and dunes from erosion. They do help and seem to stay there for a while, so it must work, Right? Well it adds to a photo op! The dunes are protect and are not to be walked on, so please be careful, Cape Henlopen has dunes for walking on and exploring, BIG ONES.

Farewell to Summer ~ New Orleans Style

by starship

Every year for nearly 25 years now, residents and visitors of Bethany Beach have "mourned" the passing of Summer in a very unique way---they hold a "Jazz Funeral Parade" in New Orleans fashion on Labor Day weekend! The brainchild of a local resident, the fun funeral marked the fact that everything would be closing up after Labor Day.

Originally a small number of people would parade around the Boardwalk and then open a bottle of champagne. These days the event has gotten so popular that it draws thousands. Accompanied by Dixieland jazz music bands, people wear costumes pretend to mourn, pass out flowers & tissues, carry signs and even carry a "faux" casket with the "corpse" of Summer.

Typically starting at the North end of the boardwalk and rounding many blocks, the procession comes to an end at the Bandstand on the Boardwalk and a eulogy for Summer is read while mourners look on. Now that the event has become so popular, there are a good many events surrounding this last hurrah and businesses and restaurants remain open especially for the event.

There are no requirements to join in the parade except a sense of humor and willingness to have a good time. The event is free and open to the public. We visited Bethany Beach a day too early to join in all the fun.

You get up early,

by tpangelinan

Eat a nice breakfast, pack a lunch if you want to and sit on the beach all day. You will need sun screan, chairs & or blanket, drinks, SUN BLOCK , look, you need a lot of stuff to do this right! I love the beach. I could listen to the waves, the gulls, and the people laughing and talking all day. It is a life long tradition for me and mine!

Sun block is a must have here.

by tpangelinan

Beach Towel, umbrella, cooler. A hat is good, but it is usually very wind at the beach. What you need. Do you. C'mon, you know the drill. No camping in Bethany, but up the road at Indian River Inlet, (book early). There is no shade at this beach.


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Address: 710 South Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, Delaware, 19930, United States