As noted in my "General" tip, parking in beachfront towns is often difficult. However, the town of Bethany Beach has done a so much better job than most in providing parking for daytrippers and summer rental visitors.
Even better than that, Bethany Beach provides residents and visitors alike, the Bethany Beach Blue Trolleys and what a bargain they are!! These distinctively-painted sky blue & yellow, antique-looking trolleys run designated routes not only in the commercial shopping district and beach roads, but through the myriad of homes occupied by year-round residents and summer rental properties alike. This system is extremely beneficial in lowering traffic congestion and lowering demands for parking space in the busy summer season and is extremely cheap. The trolley fare is amazingly only .25 cents each way!!! (NOTE: As of March, 2012, the 25 cents fare remains the same!!)
The Blue Trolleys operate as if they were the town's public bus system but RUN ONLY from the Friday before Memorial Day through mid September, continuously between 9:30 am to 10:00 pm. "(Note: Last pick up on Atlantic and Garfield is at 9:45 pm) The trolley leaves location #1 on the half hour starting at 9:30 am. There is no service daily 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm (approximate time)."
Another innovative feature is that, you don't have to be standing at a designated trolley stop to be picked up. You can flag down the trolley anywhere along the route for pick-up or discharge, except on Route 26 and Route 1 although there is no pick-up or drop-off on Jefferson Bridge. However, there are 15 designated stops along the route which covers quite a bit of ground and 5 of these stops put you within a half-block from the beach.
The Trolley Driver does not make change and so be prepared when you board the trolley. At least one kiosk, built & painted to look like a Blue Trolley, is available for making change for trolleys or parking meters and is located on Atlantic Avenue and Garfield Parkway (this seems to be a hub area). Trolley maps, brochures, and other information are also available at this site and from self-serve displays. At this point you are only steps from the beach!
The closest airport to this area is PHI which is about 135 miles. There you would have to rent a car.
Bethany Beach is also completely unserved by trains - no passenger trains at all and not even any close freight train stops.
Even in the "old days" there was no train. One was promised, but was not built. The closest was the Rehoboth train station. Here you got off the train and rode on a wood-burning steamboat down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to the Assawoman Canal to Pennewell's Landing in Ocean View. Then you boarded the "Allie May", a shallow water boat for the final mile of travel to Bethany Beach.
Now, if you want to take a train, the closest passenger station is up in Wilmington which is a little over 100 miles away. Even by bus it will be difficult - there are bus stops in Dover and Salisbury which connect to Wilmington, but you would still have to drive there from Bethany.
You see lots of families laughing, and riding their bikes around town! It's pretty amusing to see people who haven't ridden in ages. The handlebars wiggling side to side (I love that). Hang in there, you never forget how.
Great cardio too!
Great family beach on Atlantic Ocean. Quiet in Fall/Winter. Crowded in Summer. Year-round resort. Overpriced for everything in summer. No sales tax. Great shopping in late Fall and Winter. Great place to relax. Go to Ocean City, MD for noise, bars and entertainment.
Once you arrive in Bethany Beach, the best way to get around is by bicycle. Parking your car in town can be taxing(in both time and money). I found that there are so many users of the bike lanes that the people driving cars expect bike traffic and look before they cross the lane.
This is one of the best ways to get to & from Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach....specially if you are drinking.