Laying on a small strip of land just one mile long and only two blocks wide, the town of Dewey Beach, at just 0.3 square miles is a small town with a big (busy) heart! A year-round population of about 300, it is not uncommon for 30,000 to visit the town during summer weekends.
Dewey Beach was one of four beaches nation-wide to be awarded SUPERSTAR BEACH STATUS in 2011 by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and continued to receive the award as one of 13 beaches nation-wide in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as announced in the NRDC.
In 1868, “Rehoboth City” first appeared on a map of Lewes Rehoboth Hundred in Beer’s Atlas of Delaware. It is believed that the name was changed to Dewey Beach following the 1898 Battle of Manilla (Spanish–American War) when Admiral George Dewey became a national hero.
The Rehoboth Beach Lifesaving Station, located at the end of Dagsworthy Street was commissioned in 1878. It became the Rehoboth Beach Coast Guard Station in 1915. In 1921 citizens objected to the closing of the station, and it was recommissioned in 1926. The station was decommissioned in 1937 and abandoned in 1946. The original structure was moved to Lewes and became a residence. A replica of the station was built in 1988 which stands today (a neighbor of this beautiful vacation property that you can rent through Downtown Beach Rentals). Dewey Beach was incorporated as a town in 1981.
Dewey Beach is really two towns in one. During the week (even in high summer season), it is never too crowded. On weekends, however, Dewey is happening! The beach never gets too crowded, but the bars and restaurants are packed to bursting. In the early morning you can enjoy a quiet sunrise ocean side. While in the evening you can enjoy a beautiful sunset over dinner bay side. The Jolly Trolley service stops at many points along Ocean Highway through Dewey. You can hop on an hop off. Take the Jolly Trolley into nearby Rehoboth Beach for a change of pace and scene. Leave the car at your beach property, relax, and let someone else do the driving!