Retire in Bethany Beach, DE

Livability Score
49
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Drifting Grounds

Best service and certainly a great spot for you coffee connoisseurs! Second time here and I'm super impressed! The other day I ordered a iced vanilla soy...

2. Bonkey's

Bonkeys never disappoints! From New Freedom, PA to the shore we can always enjoy a favorite treat. A great family place!

3. One Coastal

What can I say? Absolutely everything we ordered was above par. Yogurt and granola - huge portion and wonderfully fresh fruit. Biscuits - clearly homemade...

4. Off the Hook

Happened upon Off the Hook returning to OC from Bethany. What a great find! It wasn't crowded, so we were seated immediately by a friendly host. Our...

5. DB Fries

If I had to pick between never fitting into my college pants again or DB Fries I'd pick DB fries.* *havent fit into college pants for 7 years.

Golf
1. The Links At Lighthouse Sound

Me and my dad started golfing on our annual visit to OC for 4 years now, 3 out of those 4 years we have played lighthouse sound. We did try one other course...

2. Salt Pond Golf Club

A challenging and long par 3 course that is well maintained and lined with plenty of houses that risk losing a window. Provided a nice afternoon walk...

3. Bear Trap

3 solid courses and the layouts are slightly different and the staff was on par with what I would expect of a great course. The club house is a classic and...

4. Bayside Resort Golf Club

4.5 stars We played this course in November 2008. It is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that opened in the last 2 years. I have wanted to play this course...

5. Marsh Island Golf Club

This course is great for people who want hit their driver once on each hole. It's a challenging but fun course! The bugs are little nibbling bastards,...

Active
1. Ayers Creek Adventures

Best day of our vacation! We did the Woodland tour and it is was fun for us as beginners. Well worth the cost and it is a short drive from Ocean City.

2. Coastal Kayak

Very good people and excellent experience. We had to cancel a guided tour because we were stuck in traffic. Even though it was only 1 hr notice they still...

3. Northside Park

I love everything about this park. We intentionally select condos within walking distance. You can keep the boardwalk, I will take Northside Park any day....

4. Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours

The best! Nothing kitschy about the boat ride, no dumb jokes, no mandatory photos before boarding. Dan is very knowledgeable and honest. We saw 4 herds of...

5. Delmarva Board Sport Adventures

We booked one hour paddle board rental. Great communication when weather got too windy to be on bay and company was quick to let us change date of...

Arts
1. Dickens Parlour Theater

Dickens is the absolute best. My family goes here twice every year during our week-long vacation to the beach, and it's always the highlight of our week....

2. Discoversea Shipwreck Museum

Must see - I have probably been there 10 times and find it amazing each time. Incredible high quality museum in the most unlikely spot. Extremely...

3. Costa Ventosa Winery and Vineyard

Stopped by this winery on Sunday. Quiet, quaint place. Very clean and inviting. Owner has very hospitable. Wine tasting was very reasonably priced and...

4. The Artful Bean

We have been coming to Artful Bean for over 10 years and it's a favorite spot for us. we absolutely love the new owners and decor. Staff is always friendly...

5. Good Earth Market & Organic Farm

Fantastic experience. Formerly known as the Birch Tree Cafe, the homemade bread used for the breakfast and lunch sandwiches is perfection. The market has a...

Shopping
1. Yesterday's Fun Toys & Games

Yesterday's Fun has been part of our trips to Bethany for the past ten years. When the kids were little we went for the Thomas the Tank Engine and Lego...

2. Bethany Bike Shop

Very helpful, fast service. I was at Delaware Seashore State Park getting ready for a day or riding. Not two minutes on my bike the rear tire went flat. It...

3. Bethany Beach Books

I was very impressed with this gem of a bookstore located right in town! They had a great selection of Star Wars books for my early reader son. He is...

4. Harris Teeter

This is a very nice store. It's clean, well stocked and it's expensive. My aunt lives in the neighborhood and says around October 1st prices go down. When...

5. All About U Aveda Salon & Spa

Great salon! I'm from DC and decided to get my hair done while on vacation in Bethany and I'm very glad I did. Rosana did my highlights and haircut and it...

Health
1. OC Massage

Fabulous massage by Michelle. She worked on my husband one day and me the next, both were terrific experiences. Highly recommend the little tucked in gem of...

2. Halpern Eye Associates

I will not go anywhere else ..the staff is very friendly. We have been going here for at least 12 years. .My husband and I go to Dr Rahber and let me add ,...

3. 75th Street Medical Center

i drove myself to the medical center while on vacation last week, after rolling my left ankle. there was no way i could walk on it, so i hobbled my way from...

4. Halpern Eye Care

I had a problem with one of my eyes while on vacation in Bethany Beach. After some miserable/useless visits to the local urgent care, I ended up being...

5. Bethany Massage & Healing Arts

I'm baffled by the other review that I saw on yelp for Bethany Massage. This place is, by far, the best massage place I have ever been to, including all of...