Rehoboth Beach : Delaware

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What Rehoboth Beach is like for active adults

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a beach community located on the pastoral Delmarva Peninsula (a portmanteau comprised of parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia). Because this peninsula requires some effort to get here, it is less discovered than other resorts on the middle Atlantic coast such as Ocean City. This hospitable town, billed as “The Nation’s Summer Capital”, was chosen by the AARP as a “Best Places to Retire”. The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk was named by Reader’s Digest as Best of America. It is increasingly popular as a retirement community for active adults because of its small town character, reasonable prices, and fabulous beaches. The year-round population of less than 2,000 swells to over 75,000 in summer.

Rehoboth began in 1873 as a place for Methodist Camp Meetings. While it still has plenty of small town charm and safety, it has also become known as an artistic community that is popular with gays and lesbians. It offers small town specialty shopping as well as factory outlets and malls typical of resorts. Recreational opportunities from golf to sailing abound. Although the official crime rate is reported as high, much of that is low-grade property crime seen in popular resorts. Delaware has an very appealing tax situation with low property taxes and no sales tax.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The area near Rehoboth Beach is filled with active adult and 55+ communities (see link at top right), although some retirees choose to live near the beach or in town.
Real estate prices reflect the desirability of living near the ocean. Prices of active adult communities in communities such as Georgetown, Lewes, and Bridgeville might be less, particularly in the inland communities. Median home price was just under $400,000 in early 2014 according to City-Data.

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What is special about this retirement community
• No sales tax and low property taxes Wheelchair accessible beachesMixed crowd but lots of families
Heavy summertime traffic Public bathrooms a plethora throughout the town and beach. Clean.
• Proximity to great boating and fishing • Rehoboth Beach Farmer’s Market • State parks including Cape Henlopen State Park • 12 public golf courses in addition to private courses • Diverse and gay-friendly • Nicolas Restaurant is home of the famous Nic-o-boli. A pizza that is basically wrapped into a calzone
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What is not special about this retirement community
Heavy summertime traffic. Shopping - some cheesy stores but more upscale shops as well. Very few chains-nicer stores are almost entirely independent shops. Lots of renters and tourists which could be annoying for year round renters.
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What kinds of people like retiring here

Active adults should check out communities such as the ones listed in our Directory (see Rehoboth Beach communities link at top right). Active adults in retirement who live here like being in or near a low-key beach resort with small town feel. Some residents only live here in season. The average age is quite high at 59 years of age. Gays and lesbians are welcomed here.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, construction, retail
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Climate and Physical Environment

Rehoboth is near the midpoint of the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean. It is across the Delaware Bay from Cape May, New Jersey. This is a sandy, coastal plain where the temperatures are milder than just a short distance inland. View Google Map for Rehoboth Beach

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Theatre groups include the Henlopen Theater Project and the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre. Concerts at the bandstand, the Rehoboth Art League, and the Rehoboth Film Festival. There are several movie theatres. Museums include the Historical Society, Overfalls Maritime Museum, Anna Hazzard Museum (Camp Meeting Era), and the Biggs Museum of American Art. Apple Dumplings etc is great cafe for treats. Try the donut breakfast sandwich. Owned by sweet couple.
Cultured Pearl restaurant is probably the best restaurant in Rehoboth.  Not cheap, but fresh seafood, sushi and fusion.  Major ambiance.
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Crime

Crime in Rehoboth Beach is slightly less then the national average.

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Medical facilities
Beebe Medical Center and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.
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Transportation

Decent bus service between towns and to and from hot spots (outlet mall). "Jolly Trolley" between Dewey and Rehoboth is great cheap transit option. $2.50 per trip and runs every 10 min during peak or 30-60 mins off peak.Salisbury-Ocean City Airport is 40 miles, Philadelphia is 90 miles. Take the ferry to Cape May. Rehoboth Beach is above average for walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links
Rehoboth Beach on Wikipedia
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What people are saying about Rehoboth Beach

LOVIN\' THE MID ATLANTIC LIFE
My husband and I retired here 6 years ago from Pennsylvania. We still feel like we are on Vacation! The Rehoboth Beach/ Lewes Beach area is perfect for \'active\' retired folks. Tons to do and see. Beautiful weather..NO HOT HUMIDITY... gorgeous Springs, Summers, Fall, and mild winters. Fabulous Restaurants,it\'s Known as the \'Culinary Coast\'.. Festivals galore at all times of the year. It\'s a \'year round\' place..not just snow birds, so you make great lasting friends. Our beaches were voted the cleanest in the Country. They are gorgeous. Seafood is King here as well you can expect. Our Jazz Festival in October is the best in the Country. It goes for days..I can\'t say enough about this hidden gem on the Delaware Coast..you\'ll have to come and experience it for yourself. Delaware is now being \'discovered\', but we will make room for You!
Posted by sunlovingal on February 20, 2013
I,ve been to Rehoboth Beach Delaware so many times I cant count,and all the years Ive been there I always felt very safe,and no one ever brothered us in anyway,Its always a nice class of people there,and very friendly.Gay or of color,and white like me :lol:
Posted by CMCBC40 on October 10, 2009
Rehoboth Beach is diversified
While looking around for beach towns that were still in the northeast or at most Mid-Atlantic, i was very pleased to run across Rehoboth Beach. What attracted me was learning that it is very diverse. Of course there are many typical 55+ communities, but there are also plenty of gay people and those of color. So if you aren't looking for homogenity, give Rehoboth Beach a look!
Posted by classof70 on January 02, 2009

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Facts about REHOBOTH BEACH
  • State: DE
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,Boating Community,LGBT,Resort Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: bogeyman

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