South Bethany is a really great place to spend your summer vacation. Offering the best of both worlds – Oceanside with sunning, swimming, surfing, and all good beach things with seventeen public access walkways – and Bayside with boating, fishing, crabbing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Beaches are large and uncrowded. Everyone gets a “front row” seat to set up their chairs and umbrellas. Plenty of room to play ball, including volleyball! (But please get Lifeguard’s permission first.) South Bethany is the only beach that permits alcoholic beverages. (But please – no glass containers, they’re prohibited.)
Vendors for many services on the beach include: chairs & umbrella rentals, Italian ice, hot dogs, snacks, etc. The Beach Patrol lifeguards are experienced and fully certified with CPR, First Aid, and other certifications.
You can walk to the beach from many of the rental houses in town, but if you drive there is ample parking. Your parking permit comes FREE with your rental house! Ocean Drive is the “main drag” that runs parallel to the ocean beach – a great place for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, and pushing strollers and baby carriages. On the Bayside, our canals offer really great boating and most rental houses are on the canals and have docks right on the canal at your back door.
The canals lead to the Little Assawoman Bay for boating, crabbing, fishing, waterskiing, and windsurfing. The canals also lead to the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge and to the Assawoman Canal – great places for paddling or just quietly drifting along and watching deer, foxes, osprey, eagles, and lots of other wildlife. Kayaks and canoes and other small craft can easily be launched from the dock at your rental house – or they and bigger boats and jet skis can be launched at ramps nearby.
The small shopping center has nice shops, restaurants, a gourmet market, pizza parlor, award-winning Japanese restaurant, and excellent bait and tackle shop with all the info and gear you need for bay or surf fishing.The beach adjoins an undeveloped State Park – fishing only – no concessions. Great place to just walk in and enjoy the beach and dunes in their pristine natural state.