A year-round beach community 78 mi/125 km south of Wilmington, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was originally a site for Methodist camp meetings. The name Rehoboth is biblical in origin and means "room enough." Today, there's probably still room enough, but things get a bit crowded during summer, when large numbers of vacationers descend on the town. Many of them are politicians and government workers from Washington, D.C., so Rehoboth is often referred to as "the nation's summer capital." The town attracts a fair number of gay vacationers as well.
Rehoboth is well-maintained, with many old houses, tree-lined streets, a wide beach and a mile-/kilometer-long boardwalk lined with games and amusements. The largest of Delaware's beach towns, Rehoboth has several great restaurants, plenty of shopping and an active nightlife.
Sporting activities available on or near the beach include fishing, boating, bicycling, kayaking and surfing. Annual events include Spring Sidewalk Sale in May, Rehoboth Sandcastle Contest in August and the Sea Witch Festival in October.
For more information about activities in the area, visit the town's Web site at http://www.downtownrehoboth.com.
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