Bethany Beach along with it’s neighbor to the south, Fenwick Island are together known as the ‘Quiet Resorts’. Bethany Beach has grown in popularity most recently as more and more people call Bethany home year round. The town began it’s growth in the 1950’s after the first span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was completed, making it easier for Washingtonians to make the trek to the sleepy beach town. Today, upwards of 15,000 vacationers visit during the busy summer months. The main town consists of two blocks of quaint shops and restaurants along with a popular half mile stretch of boardwalk. At the center of town located on the boardwalk is the popular bandstand where small concerts take place during summer weekends.
For many years, Bethany was a ‘dry’ town and only offered it’s first liquor license in 1982. The largest and most well known resort is Sea Colony, which consists of 9 high-rise condo buildings on the beach along with 1,200 townhomes located on the west side of Rt. 1. Another large community is Bethany West which is located just west of town on Rt. 26.
North Bethany is made up mostly of large picturesque homes just blocks from the Oceanfront. South Bethany is much of the same, although it is it’s own incorporated town separate from that of Bethany.