Gay Rehoboth Guide
Just two hours from some of the East Coast’s biggest cities in the USA, Rehoboth Beach is the perfect place for vacationers looking for a gay beach escape. Picture long boardwalks, striped deckchairs, and pristine white beaches.
Rehoboth is the perfect fun gay beach escape!
Situated in Delaware in the Mid-Atlantic, Rehoboth is an easy drive from almost anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard including Washington D.C, Philadelphia, and Baltimore; cities that are home to some of America’s largest gay communities.
Gay Rehoboth is a discreet under the radar destination which has become increasingly popular with gay visitors, both local and international. The beach resort has more than 200 gay-owned boutique hotels, stores, restaurants, and bars. And remember, hit the outlets! Shopping in Delaware is tax-free!
Gay Rehoboth Hotels
Rehoboth has some charming inns and hotels with spas. Book your stay early, especially for popular Holiday weekends.
Gay Map of Rehoboth, Delaware
The gay scene in Rehoboth Beach
Memorial Weekend at Aqua, Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach is a charming small-town hamlet with a year-round population of about 1,400. This grows significantly during the Summer season as gay guys flock to swim and tan on Poodle Beach and to shop and party along the boardwalk.
The gay bars, clubs and restaurants are dotted across Rehoboth Beach and while there is no distinct gay neighbourhood, many are clustered within two blocks of the two main beaches, North Shore and Poodle Beach.
Getting to Rehoboth Beach
The closest airports to Rehoboth are:
- Salisbury Ocean City Airport in Maryland, which is 45 minutes from Rehoboth.
- Philadelphia International Airport and the Baltimore Washington International (BWI), which are both about 2 hours from Rehoboth.
- Dulles International which is 2.5 hours from Rehoboth. From there the easiest thing to do is rent a car.
From New York City and New Jersey, many drive to Rehoboth by using the Cape May Ferry at that New Jersey shore point.
Using public transportation is also an option from most major cities but will require several transfers. Train and bus trips will also require timing, so a road trip is the best way to reach Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Getting Around Rehoboth
Rehoboth’s many gay businesses are clustered within two blocks of the boardwalk facing the Atlantic Ocean. You will rarely need to drive anywhere.
- The Jolly Trolley runs daily shuttles, 8am-2am from Memorial Day (end of May) to Labor Day (early September), for $3 per trip ($5 round-trip), between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.
- Most of the guest houses have off-street parking but you can also use the Park and Ride lot on Shuttle Road and take the DART Resort Transit Bus (in season).
- A bike can be useful, especially for exploring beyond the centre. Pedicabs are also available as is Uber.
Rehoboth Gay Bars & Clubs
The line is blurred between restaurant and bar in Rehoboth Beach due to an old rule that was used to ban bars that were not connected to restaurants. Today, you will find many of the most popular venues combine dining and partying!
Last call in Delaware is 1 am so afternoon drinking, and post beach cocktails are popular. Some bars stay open an hour after they stop selling alcohol to give customers time to finish their drinks. At the latest, bars in Rehoboth close at 2am. So, stroll down Baltimore Avenue and get ready to party!
- Aqua Grill – The place to see-and-be-seen after the beach with a large outdoor patio right on the gayest block in town with hot shirtless bartenders. Arrive early if you want to grab a table! DJs during the weekend.
- Purple Parrot Grill Beach Haus & Biergarten – Gay bar & restaurant with burgers & beer, bright cartoon murals & regular live entertainment. And the leafy, lush backyard Biergarten is a perfectly beachy and inviting retreat complete with palm trees, sand, and picnic tables. Great weekend drag shows.
- The Pond Bar and Grill is a bustling beach bar featuring American grub, dinner specials popular with locals, live music fans, lesbians, and bears, the latter for the monthly FURst Friday Happy Hour.
- Blue Moon – A centrally located bar and club, this is grand central for gay Rehoboth offering a mix of live performances, featuring famous drag acts including Sherry Vine, Miss Richfield 1981, and Dixie Longate. The restaurant side is an elegant dining option. Reservations are a good idea, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats – Not a gay bar, but very friendly, it is right on the main drag and a great option for tasting top-quality beer. or fans of unusual craft beers.
- The Iguana Grill – Laid-back haunt serving pub food & margaritas in a brightly painted Victorian home, open seasonally. The bar showcases an impressive selection of tequilas. Try one while you soak up the laid-back vibe on the breezy patio.
- Diego’s Hideaway is a unique tavern offers over 16 draft beers and 4 draft wines! It has a large outdoor patio lounge with background music and “yappy hour” daily from 4-8 pm. It is also home to Rehoboth Beach’s largest Dance Floor, with state of art digital lighting system and new sound system. Dance all night and stay until they close the dance floor (1:45 a.m. on weekends).
- As the bar close, the “after party” begins! The party culture is big in Rehoboth with many groups renting large houses with pools and space to entertain!
Gay Rehoboth Events
The Beach is home to the biggest gay event during Summer.
From LGBT festivals to outdoor adventures, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has become a top LGBT travel spot on the East Coast.
Make sure to stop by CAMP Rehoboth, an LGBT community center offering all the information you will need about upcoming events.
The Rehoboth Bear Weekend is one of the biggest bear events to take place on the Eastern Seaboard It takes place anually in late September.
When to visit?
Rehoboth Beach is a great gay destination year-round. When to visit will depend on what you expect from your vacation.
The Summer months and weekends are the busiest time to visit. Outside of peak season, the beaches are less crowded, and the atmosphere is quite relaxed.
Events include, The Sundance Gala during the Labor Day weekend, the Drag Volleyball tournament held on Poodle Beach and the annual Sea Witch Festival in October, which includes a costume parade (and a costume contest for dogs), magic shows, pony rides, and a broom-tossing contest!
Many of the bars and restaurants also host special parties during Halloween and New Year’s Eve.
Gay Restaurants in Rehoboth
- Back Porch Cafe – Long-standing eatery serving creative global fusion dishes features 3 decks & regular live music.
- Eden – High end dining with creative American fare served in a romantic spot with white tablecloths & gauzy curtains. Try their delicious pork belly quesadilla and expansive wine list.
- Jam Bistro – Casual, buzzy place with a locally sourced American menu & creative cocktails, plus outdoor seating. Jam offers fine dining restaurant downtown Rehoboth Beach and has an award-winning wine list and martini bar.
- Chesapeake & Maine – Serving delicious seafood dishes, The Dogfish Head Brewery & Distillery is behind this casual, nautical eatery, complete with a raw bar.
- The Pines – A casual eatery across Baltimore Avenue from Aqua, where the pine trees meet the ocean, and a classic tavern meets a modern interpretation.
- The Cultured Pearl – Multilevel Japanese restaurant featuring 15,000-gallon koi pond, rooftop deck & regular live music.
- Salt Air – Located in the heart of downtown Rehoboth Beach, Salt Air Kitchen & Bar offers farm to table fresh cuisine, an upscale atmosphere, a seasonal menu, specialist cocktails and great hospitality.
- Henlopen City Oyster House serves champagne oyster shooters and a cognac-spiked lobster mac and cheese that are to die for.
- Try the Thrasher’s Fries on the Boardwalk! Cooked in peanut oil, these hot potatoes have wowed regional beachgoers since 1929.
- Try the delicious of candy-coated apples and maple walnut fudge at Kilwins.
- Visit The Ice Cream Store, which offers over 100 homemade flavors with zany names like “NETFLIX & Chill” (vanilla ice cream dyed red, with Kit Kats and M&Ms) and “Chocolate I Don’t Give a Fork.”
- Try the Royal Treat, A breakfast and ice cream parlor located on Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, right off the boardwalk, family run and owned for its near 30-year history.
Top things to See and do!
Rehoboth is a resort town, dedicated to having a good time. Think, sunbathing, swimming, relaxing, shopping and enjoying a night out.
- Hit the boardwalk, play an arcade game, grab an ice cream and enjoy the views from one of the prettiest boardwalks in the USA. Head to Rehoboth Avenue, where you will find the Rehoboth Beach bandstand. Catch a free concert during the high season.
- Visit the Delaware Seashore State Park, where you’ll find seven miles of sand and surf two miles from Rehoboth.
- Head 20 miles south to catch sight of beautiful wild ponies and spectacular scenery at Assateague Island National Seashore.
- Walk the dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park and explore miles of unspoiled beach. Take the Gordons Pond Trail, close to the shore where you can visit the Fort Miles Historical Area and climb to the top of a WWII observation tower that boasts 360-degree views of the Delaware coast.
- Fancy your luck? Have a gamble at The Dover and Harrington casinos, just 45 minutes from Rehoboth.
- With no sales tax, shopping in Delaware is a great treat. The three outlet malls in Rehoboth including the Tanger Outlet, offering over 100 brand-name stores and plenty of unique boutiques.
- Explore the local art galleries, vintage stores, hip boutique clothing stores and quirky novelty gift shops located along Rehoboth Avenue. You will also find some interesting stores at The Mews between Rehoboth Ave and Baltimore Ave.
- Visit the neighboring coastal communities of Lewes, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach for sunset water taxis, historic charm, hiking trails, more tax-free shopping, and big-name concerts.
Rehoboth Gay Beach
There are two gay beaches in Rehoboth. North Shore is popular with women while Poodle beach is where you will find all the boys, south (that means when the ocean is in front of you, turn right – because geography). of the main drag past Queen and Prospect streets on the boardwalk.
Rehoboth Apartments & Home Rentals
Rehoboth is a party town during the Summer. Hotels fill up fast and apartments and homes are booked up well in advance so plan ahead.
8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 3 baths
A stunning brand new, custom house is the perfect retreat for families, couples and groups of friends to make new memories. One of the owners is a design professional who has taken great care to choose high-quality, tasteful finishes and furnishings, resulting in a classic, Cape-Cod-meets-Rehoboth beach house.
European style apartment
6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath
Newly Renovated European style apartment. All new appliances and furniture. Walk to the beach and everything Rehoboth has to offer. Close to wonderful restaurants and shops. (1.5 block off the beach and one block from the main boulevard). the spacious courtyard offers an eating area with an electric grill.
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