Live In Coastal Delaware

photo of the lighthouse near Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware There are many great reasons to call Coastal Delaware home.  Here are just a few of our favorites.
Collage of images from Coastal Delaware communities presented by Ocean Atlantic Sotheby



Coastal Delaware, with its collection of quaint towns, white-sand beaches, and seemingly endless outdoor scenes, is a point of respite among the major metropolitan hubs of the Mid-Atlantic region.  Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City are all within reach when you feel the need to experience the hustle and bustle of a big city again.

Natural Resources

The span of Delaware's natural beauty is best illustrated in a few simple numbers:

The Waterways of Coastal Delaware

The perfect environment for diverse wildlife and outdoor activities.


Lauded by major publications near and far, the small towns making up Coastal Delaware have been bestowed with numerous titles.

"Lewes: A Delaware Seashore Surprise”SOUTHERN LIVING
“10 Best Beach Towns for Families” — PARENTS MAGAZINE
"...something for everyone under the sun." — TRAVEL CHANNEL

Art History

Whether enjoying a local concert, exploring the rich history of our area, or volunteering at one of the exceptional organizations that make our region such a fantastic place to call home, there are plenty of ways to stay busy when you live and play in Coastal Delaware!

Lewes Historical Society
Clear Space Theatre Company
The Freeman Stage
Rehoboth Art League

Cannonball Maritime House
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
Indian River Life-Saving Station
Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum

Milton Historical Society
Nanticoke Indian Museum
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Zwaanendael Museum

Culinary Coast

From upscale coastal cuisine to best-kept local secrets, our beach towns are home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants.  
The Coastal Delaware region also boasts some of the most exciting nightlife in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Restaurant Chilling Out Classy Lifestyle Reserved Concept


Coastal Delaware’s natural environment offers an endless supply of recreation including hiking, biking, boating, and camping around the inland bays and estuaries.  Additionally, Delaware has consistently ranked among the Most Bicycle-Friendly States, even gaining the top ranking in a 2021 study.  Walking and bike-friendly trails through state parks, as well as the Rails-to-Trails initiative, offer miles of safe options for exploring our region.

•  Junction-Breakwater Trail
•  Cape Henlopen State Park

•  Trap Pond State Park
•  Gordon Pond Wildlife Area

•  Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
•  Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area

The coastal areas of Delaware and Maryland are home to some of the best golf courses in the region.  With options ranging from casual public links to the Jack Nicklaus signature course at The Peninsula, there is no shortage of opportunities to find your favorite greens at the beach.

• Coastal Delaware Golf Courses    • Coastal Maryland Golf Courses 


Exciting events and festivals are held throughout Coastal Delaware all year long, including:

•  Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival
•  Rehoboth Film Festival
•  Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival
•  East Coast Skimboarding Championships
The Freeman Stage Arts & Jazz Festival

•  Dewey Beach Triathlon

•  Elvisfest
•  Lewes Fall Sidewalk Sale
•  Boast the Coast Maritime Festival

•  Coast Day
•  Greyhounds Reach the Beach
•  Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival


Charming local boutiques, along with the Tanger Outlets located on Route One, make for a shopper’s paradise.
tax-free shopping


A diverse selection of public and private schools service the Coastal Delaware region including award-winning preschools, elementary schools, high schools, universities, and life-long learning institutions.


•  No state sales tax

•  No state tax on Social Security benefits
•  No personal property taxes:  one of the lowest property tax rates in the nation!  First-time homebuyers in Delaware may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000/year
•  Named "Most Tax-Friendly State" by Kiplinger (2014)

All information presented is subject to change without notification.
Consult with a lawyer or tax advisor regarding your eligibility for any Delaware tax or other benefits. 
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