Hello all --
I'm sure this question has been asked a million times but my husband and I are struggling to decide between Bethany and Rehoboth Beaches for a ten-day vacation in September. We usually go to the gulf coast of Florida every year, but due to Covid we prefer to go somewhere within driving distance of upstate NY. We have been to Ocean City before and definitely do not want to go back there. We found it too big, too crowded and just not our thing at all. We prefer beach towns with few high rises and chain stores/restaurants, really good happy hour and dining options, and particularly enjoy dining in waterfront restaurants. We want more of a quiet vacation, but do not want something like Sanibel where everything closes and the sidewalks roll up before 9:00 at night. We are not partiers by any means, but we do enjoy having a late dinner so this is important to us. An oceanfront vacation rental is a must for us. I know there are far more rentals available in Bethany that fit this bill, but the look of Sea Colony just sort of depresses me. We prefer more of the beach house/cottage feel and I am struggling to find anything like that oceanfront in Bethany.
I would appreciate any thoughts you might have, and welcome any restaurant/happy hour recommendations! Thank you.