Bethany Beach is a great place to live, work and play. Although this town boasts an active tourism industry, Bethany Beach remains a wonderland for fine living and excitement year-round. The town is a popular place for those seeking a peaceful place to retire, raise a family or simply make a fresh start. The recreational opportunities are endless as is the opportunity to obtain gainful employment throughout the region. The economy in Bethany Beach and throughout Sussex County is a mix of agriculture, manufacturing and commerce, recreation and tourism. Further, the lower cost of living and doing business compared to nearby metropolitan areas makes this an attractive area for both residents and businesses to relocate and settle.
The local education system is also a bonus to area residents. Bethany Beach residents have the option of attending a handful of private schools or one of the many public schools that comprise the Indian River School District. The district consists of two high schools, two middle schools, one special education school, one alternative school, seven elementary schools and one arts magnet school. For those pursuing an education beyond high school, Wilmington College has a Rehoboth Beach Campus. Further, colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius include Delaware State University, Salisbury University, University of Delaware, Wesley College, Delaware Technical and Community College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shores campus. The Beebe School of Nursing is also located in the nearby city of Lewes.
In addition to having a strong infrastructure of schools, businesses, medical facilities, retail stores, specialty shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, Bethany Beach also features a variety of amenities and attractions for locals to enjoy throughout the calendar year. Golf and tennis clubs abound, as do the many businesses that cater specifically to the tourism industry. A popular tennis club is the Bethany Tennis Club. Local golf courses include Bayside Resort Golf Club, Baywood Greens, Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, GlenRiddle Golf Club, Links at Lighthouse Sound, The Rookery Golf Club, The Salt Pond Golf Club and Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club. For those not yet ready to take on the unique challenge these courses present, the Planet Maze, Laser Storm and Lost Galaxy Golf facility offers a miniature golf course that makes for great family fun.
For baseball fans, the Delmarva Shore Birds are a professional Class A ball club for the Baltimore Orioles who play games throughout the spring and summer months. The team's local presence allows fans to catch a game at extremely affordable rates and with the metropolitan city of Baltimore less than a two-hour drive away, allows fans of the Orioles to get an early look at future major leaguers who may one day soon take the field at Baltimore's Camden Yards.
Outdoor enthusiasts benefit the most from Bethany Beach's pristine coastal location. Long walks on the boardwalk are always accompanied by a fresh breeze of cool sea air. Similarly, walking and hiking through many of the area's local and state parks makes for a great way to spend an afternoon. For the more adventurous souls, water activities such as deep sea fishing, sailing, surfing, water skiing and body boarding can occur right off shore. The Delaware Bay also makes for a great and safe place to go fishing, swim, or sunbathe along its sandy beaches. When the sun finally sets, the fun is oftentimes just beginning. The Bear Trap Community hosts several live music concerts and theatrical performances while the Delaware Comedy Theatre is a great place to share some laughs. Restaurants throughout town offer tastes from around the world but the special-fare in Bethany Beach is always the seafood considering its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the fresh seafood that's shipped in daily from the Chesapeake Bay.
Overall, Bethany Beach offers its residents a rewarding and relaxing lifestyle. The town's active tourism industry has helped this community continually evolve, yet still maintain a quiet calm that makes it unique in Delaware's resort region. With its beautiful surroundings, thriving housing market, strong education system, low property taxes, and affordable cost of living, it's easy to see why locals hold Bethany Beach in such high regards.