About Our Town

Our town lies on a small strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay, is about one mile long and only two blocks wide. Despite its small size and low year-round population of about 300, it is not uncommon for 30,000 to descend upon the town during summer weekends. 

Our beach was one of four beaches nation-wide to be awarded SUPERSTAR BEACH STATUS in 2011 by the Natural Resurces 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 press release of June 29, 2011, press release of June 27, 2012,  press release of June 26, 2013 , and press release of June 25, 2014.

While the town has a reputation as a magnet for partygoers, it is also a popular family resort spot, particularly because of its wide, sandy beaches, many hotels, cottages, and condominiums.

As is the case with most beach areas, Dewey Beach quiets down in the fall and winter, but there’s still lots to do.  In fact, the fall months can potentially be some of the best for weather and warm water.

We have a BeachCam, showing snapshots of various portions of the beach during the day.

We host the Dewey Beach Music Conference during the last weekend of September. This event began in 2002 and has been a huge draw for unsigned bands from all over the country.

Another popular Dewey Beach event, which occurs every October, is Greyhounds Reach The Beach, where thousands of rescued greyhounds and their owners congregate here.

Also, our town is the location of the annual East Coast Skimboarding Championships, in mid-August.

A more detailed listing of town activities may be seen on the web site of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dewey Beach, together with the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island, comprise Delaware's beach-resort area and is Sussex County's most densely-populated and fastest-growing area.

The census of 2000 reported there were 161 households and 83 families residing here. The population density was 876.6 people per square mile, and there were 1,369 housing units.

Dewey Beach was incorporated as a town in 1981. The town's first mayor, Bruce Vavala, reportedly spent his first day in office surfing. We hold elections each year to fill the positions of commissioners who have come to the end of their two-year terms.  Town meetings are held each month at the lifesaving station.

You may be interested in our town history, and if so you may also want to read our town charter

We allow dogs on our beach (with limitations), see 2014 Rules and Regulations

We are particularly proud of our police department and our beach patrol, they both do an outstanding job.

If you are planning to visit us, you should probably take a look at what visitors should know, among other things it contains an interactive map of the town pointing out some places of interest.

To get an idea of our town's activities, besides looking at the "what's new" section in the center of our home page, you might wish to review some recent town newsletters.

An independent view of the town andit's amenities can be seen on the Wikipedia site.