Bethany Beach

Of all of Sussex County, Delaware's beaches, none is better known as "Family Friendly" than Bethany Beach. Founded in 1901 by The Disciples of Christ Church (also known as Church of Christ), Bethany was supposed to be a "haven of rest for quiet people." Members of the church from Washington DC and Pennsylvania used a contest to name the town, and hoped it would become a year round "summer camp" for the church. Unfortunately, their plans were never realized, and the property was bought by six Pennsylvania businessmen who set the development of Bethany into motion. Today, Bethany can still be called a "Haven of Rest for Quiet People." It is often referred to, along with Fenwick Island, as one of Sussex County's "Quiet Beaches." Bethany appeals to family's, especially those with small children, who appreciate the rental umbrellas, lifequarded beaches, and calm atmosphere, that is in such stark contrast to Dewey Beach and Ocean City, MD. Bethany's Garfield Parkway is home to quaint boutiques and restaurants, and free concerts are offered all summer long at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. Bethany real estate offers many choices to homeowners, including stunning waterfront homes, gated communities, cozy cottages and modern condos.