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Sun, Sand, Surf and Safety

Sherri Martin - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Beach Safety

Okay, so you’ve got your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip flops and a good book packed and you are ready to head out to the beach. Sunning, swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing await! But don’t forgo safety while you are having fun in the sun.

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP), with an over 80 year history of excellence in safety, is considered one of the nation’s leading beach patrols. Follow their beach safety tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe in and out of the water during your vacation.

Obviously the best advice is to know how to swim. No matter what your skills are, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach and within the designated swimming area. Check the local weather conditions and even if you are a strong swimmer, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore. And it goes without saying - obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. 

Rip currents, high surf, shore breaks, jetties and jellyfish are also common dangers in our waters. Check out RBP’s website for tips on how to handle all of these dangers.

But water safety isn’t the only concern. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and continuously throughout the day (every two hours is recommended). Some people can burn in as few as 15 minutes of sun exposure so don’t wait until your skin starts to feel hot or look pink: by then it’s too late. Eating lobster may be a special treat, but looking like one - not so much. And don’t forget to wear your sunglasses and wide brimmed hat - you’ll look stylish AND be protected!

You work hard all year to come to Rehoboth Beach for a great vacation so heed the RBP's basic safety precautions to stay out of harm's way.

  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Never swim alone
  • Don’t dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves
  • Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions before swimming
  • If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help
  • Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device
  • Look for, read and obey all beach signs, symbols and regulations
  • When in doubt, just stay out!

Summertime Staples: Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and Jolly Trolley

Sherri Martin - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Well, we made it through one of the roughest winters (and spring for that matter) in recent history. The kids are finally out of school and the solstice on Saturday, June 21 marks the meteorological start to summer! Now we can get down to the business of beaching, boardwalking and all-around vacationing. 

Break out your kicks and start your day with an early morning walk on the boards (true early birds can bask in a glorious ocean sunrise). The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is one mile long, so go the distance and back and you’ll get a great workout. While the middle of the boardwalk is buzzing with activity, the residential south end is quite serene allowing the beauty of the dunes to quietly stand out. 

The boardwalk never disappoints as far as fun and entertainment are concerned. As the day progresses, the action increases and you will find yourself inundated with options - dining, drinks, shopping, and of course, Funland, where there are rides, games and arcades for kids of all ages. Go ahead, take a chance and win that 6-foot stuffed pink bear. Next winter when it is staring at you from the corner of the playroom, you’ll remember the warm summer night you played Whack-A-Mole for an entire hour to win it! 

Need to get around town? The best mode of transportation is the Jolly Trolley, Rehoboth Beach's original mass transit system. For a nominal fee you can buzz around town or visit neighboring Dewey Beach. The open air shuttle is a fun way to travel and it certainly lives up to the claim “’tis the season to be jolly.” 

Did you know you can get a dose of local Rehoboth Beach history via the Jolly Trolley? Jolly Trolley History Tours are offered throughout the summer. The next tour is Thursday, June 19 and starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Anna Hazzard House at 17 Christian Street. The cost is $10 (cash only). Sit back, relax and learn a little something something about everyone's favorite beach town.

Veg Out at the 2nd Annual Rehoboth Beach VegFest

Sherri Martin - Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The 2nd Annual Rehoboth Beach VegFest

Vegans, vegetarians, and lovers of veggies and all things healthy are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Rehoboth Beach VegFest being held this weekend. The three-day event, hosted by VegRehoboth, celebrates “how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods, and the many benefits to human health, animals, and our planet.”

VegFest kicks off on Friday, June 13 with a vegetarian tasting tour at various Rehoboth restaurants and dinner at Hobo’s Restaurant followed by a screening of the documentary The Ghost in our Machine at the Atlantic Sands Hotel.

A free outdoor festival will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Epworth United Methodist Church. The festival features speakers, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, national and local exhibitors, kids’ activities, a nutrition tent, recipes, and local food vendors. Feel free to bring your four-legged bestie - the VegFest is pet-friendly and treats will be on hand (or rather, on paw).

The celebration wraps up on Sunday, June 15 with a special brunch at Nage Restaurant, featuring several guest speakers. So whether you are already a devout vegan or interested in learning more about switching to a vegan diet and living a healthier lifestyle, this is a “can’t-miss” event.

Don't forget Dad

We also want to give a big shout out to all dads! If you are spending Father’s Day weekend here in Rehoboth Beach, consider participating in the 23rd Annual Father's Day 5K Run on Sunday, June 15. The race starts on the Boardwalk at Wilmington Avenue at 7:30 a.m. and benefits the Seashore Striders Youth Cross Country Team. GO DAD!

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Offers Free Family Entertainment All Summer Long

Sherri Martin - Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Free concerts at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Listening to live music on a warm night is a summertime tradition. So why not catch a free concert at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand while you are here. Over 50 bands perform annually at the open-air venue which is located at the end of Rehoboth Avenue right by the boardwalk. 

The Rehoboth Beach landmark, in its 51st season, has been providing free entertainment since 1963, and the 2014 line-up is no slouch. Exceptional acts range from local favorites to cover and tribute bands to military ensembles and orchestras. With such a diverse offering of styles and genres, you’ll have no trouble quenching your musical thirst.  

The Bandstand also offers other family-friendly entertainment such as movies, variety acts, and other local, regional, and national performances on occasion. 

The Rehoboth Bandstand kicks off its summer concert series on Friday, June 13 with local rock legends Love Seed Mama Jump. Concerts are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00-9:15 pm. Click here for the complete schedule.

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