LGBT Rehoboth Beach

Author: , August 9th, 2017

LGBT Rehoboth BeachRehoboth Beach, Del., is a perfect representation of a community that has weaved a wonderfully diverse LGBT community into the fabric of their town. A large part of this progress can be attributed to Camp Rehoboth, a non-profit community service organization that is, as their site explains “dedicated to creating a more positive environment in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities.” Their publication, Letters, continues to promote a multitude of businesses in town, working closely with many of them to advertise their events and feature them “up close and personal” perspective. Letters has become the essential bible for all things Rehoboth Beach.

One of the best things I have noticed about LGBT Rehoboth Beach is their diversity. You can see two wonderful men walking down Rehoboth Avenue with their daughter, while their heterosexual counterparts are doing the same. The LGBT geared businesses are mixed in wonderfully with the more straight themed ones, making a community in the truest sense of the word. The women have no problem getting down on the dance floor right along with the boys, and many of the dance floors in town have a mixed crowd on many nights. Communities like this one, not only can they be proud of their individual communities, but they can be proud that all of them have merged together in the best interest of the town.

My partner and I purchased a home here several years ago, and fell in love with our little home away from home. After getting over the initial culture shock of being quite different from our homes in Asbury Park and the Philly suburbs, we started to have a mutual love affair with LGBT Rehoboth Beach. The thing that resonated with us the most about the community is how the political boys of D.C. can blend so perfectly with the boys of the Gayborhood in Philadelphia, how the quintessential Jersey guys can mix so wonderfully with the boys of Baltimore. Different ages, different cultures, and different generations meld together regularly to create a community that have managed to carve out their own colorful and eclectic niche in this sleepy shore town. More than anything, that is something truly to show pride in.

By Michael Cook – Full Story at Out in Jersey

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Rehoboth Beach an Evolving LGBT Family Destination

Author: , September 28th, 2016

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There’s no denying that Rehoboth Beach has a certain reputation. The city has become known for two things: fine dining and being LGBT-friendly. But Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP (Creating a More Positive) Rehoboth, remembers a time when that was not the case. “Things here really started to change in the 90s,” he said, recalling the large influx of LGBT-inclined vacationers. “There was this bumper sticker that read, ‘Keep Rehoboth a family town’ and we all knew what it meant.

“But the fact of the matter is that families come in all shapes and sizes. Rehoboth is more gay-friendly than ever, and it’s still a family town.” Rehoboth Beach recently earned online recognition for the city it has become. A survey named the city as one of the world’s top travel destinations for gay visitors, just behind Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

SCRUFF, a gay dating app with more than 10 million members, collaborated with The New York Times to survey members about their off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, as well as their impressions about safety in places with a history of anti-LGBT discrimination.

By Hannah Carroll – Full Story at Delmarva Now

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What’s New in Rehoboth

Author: , May 27th, 2016


The Washington Blade hosts its tenth annual summer kickoff party in Rehoboth Beach, Del., this Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Blue Moon, an event the staff looks forward to all winter. And although the weather is so far not delivering summer temperatures, the town is ready for the season’s crowds.

As always, there’s plenty to do at the beach when you’re not relaxing on the sand. Rehoboth’s restaurant scene continues to draw crowds and attention. Among the changes this year, Blackwall Hitch, which has outposts in Annapolis and Alexandria, is opening soon at 52 Rehoboth Ave. and promises live entertainment in a setting more refined than surrounding T-shirt shops and pizza joints.

The long-popular Nage (19730 Coastal Highway) has been reinvented as Fork + Flask at Nage and features a remodeled interior with much larger bar area. There’s a new menu, too, with more affordable options. Just a few doors down, is the new Jimmy’s Grille opening soon next to Outlet Liquors. Down the highway in Dewey, the iconic Starboard has spun off a new joint, Starboard Raw (2000 Coastal Highway) a 48-seat raw bar that is now open. Chesapeake and Maine (316 Rehoboth Ave.) is a new high-end seafood restaurant and bar from the team behind Dogfish Head. The slick new bar is already drawing crowds as construction begins on the revamped Dogfish Head next door.

By Kevin Naff – Full Story at The Washington Blade

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The Fascinating History of Gay Resort Towns

Author: , July 31st, 2015

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These days there seems to be gay everything – gay cruises, gay television channels, gay magazines, gay festivals, and the list goes on..But, as you well know, it wasn’t always this way… not by a long shot.

For the vast majority of recorded history, being gay was, at best, something to be hidden. At worst, it was grounds for being abused, fired and even arrested. So anyone who identified as anything other than heterosexual had to tap into secret underground communities just to have a brief opportunity to let their guard down and embrace who they really were.

This slowly changed over time and, little by little, gay culture was able to come out of the dark closets and basements it was hidden away in for so many years. And it’s still an ongoing process today. Although the last couple of decades have been instrumental for gay culture and civil rights, there was another period in history that was unique for the LGBT community.

By Jay Derataney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Summer Kicks Off in Rehoboth Beach on May 16th

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Rehoboth Summer Kickoff PartyWashington Blade hosts its eighth annual Rehoboth Summer Kickoff Party at the Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) May 16 from 5-7 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of the summer season in Rehoboth Beach with Washington Blade staff, supporters and friends.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Homestead B&B at Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Author: , November 18th, 2013

Homestead B&B at Rehoboth - Rehoboth Beach, DelwarePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Casual, Quiet, Adult R&R with a Nautical Theme: Lighthouse Inn, at the ideal location…and only a block from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. You will find a nautical beach atmosphere and the Innkeepers here do their utmost to make your stay the best experience at the beach.

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Rehoboth Beach: A Gay Travel Haven

Author: , October 17th, 2013

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Photos courtesy Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce/

The unofficial gay and lesbian summer beach resort of the Mid-Atlantic states, charming Rehoboth Beach is situated along a sweeping, sandy stretch of the Delaware shore that’s within three-hour drives of Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Over the past decade, many of the town’s guesthouses, shops and restaurants have received stylish makeovers and this once low-key, largely middle-class town has developed a see-and-be-seen cachet that extends well beyond nearby cities. Prices have risen, too, but Rehoboth largely retains a laid-back, welcoming vibe that makes it a perfect destination for summer fun and a romantic weekend retreat during the quieter spring and fall shoulder seasons.

The town began developing a subtle gay following in the ’50s, and gays continued to settle here. Then, in 1980, Glenn Thompson opened a full-scale gay resort, the Renegade, on the western outskirts; soon after, the Blue Moon restaurant and bar opened downtown. Nowadays, Rehoboth ( for general tourism info; for details on the LGBT scene) teems with gay-owned or – oriented businesses, including cafes, restaurants, bars and about a dozen guesthouses. Although the Renegade was razed in 2002 to make way for condos, the Blue Moon is still a first-rate place to dine and socialize.

Although an increasing number of trendy, urbane businesses have opened here recently, Rehoboth’s beachfront is still lined with a bustling, honky-tonk boardwalk of saltwater taffy parlors, video arcades and souvenir shops. Many visitors spend afternoons catching rays at the beach. The largely gay male section, known as Poodle Beach, runs from about St. Lawrence to Penn streets, at the southern tip of the Boardwalk. Women sunbathe here to some extent, but more lesbians and a fair share of gay men flock north of downtown to the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park (aka North Shores, a 20-to-30-minute walk or 10-minute drive via Ocean Drive).

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

Author: , August 10th, 2013

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Rehoboth Beach provides the LGBT community a great mid-summer experience. GayCities calls Rehoboth, “Mid-Atlantic’s Key West.” The community is energized and gay-friendly since there are over 200 gay-owned and operated businesses. This Delaware resort area brings New Yorkers a new crowd as most of Rehoboth’s beachgoers are from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Therefore, if you can steal a Friday for a travel day, rest assured a Saturday at Rehoboth makes for a great August adventure.

Poodle Beach is the place for men to tan while women can be found at North Shores; meanwhile, Baltimore Avenue is the place to model the results. Rehoboth Avenue, the traditional town ‘Main Street’ provides many interesting retail outlets. Shopping in Delaware is nice because the State has no sales-tax. Nevertheless, Baltimore Avenue is the gay town center that offers good places to shop as well as great places to eat.

When it comes to meals, pick your desire then select a restaurant or café. Downtown provides suitable eateries for all tastes. Aqua Grill (57 Baltimore Avenue) has a nice seafood menu or try Adriatico Restorante & Café (30 Baltimore) if your heart is set on pasta. Should you be away on a romantic trip, a meal at the Back Porch Café (59 Rehoboth Avenue) may be exactly what the doctor ordered. The Blue Moon (35 Baltimore) is a firmly established restaurant/bar and is recognized as one of Delaware’s exceptional restaurants. You may want to save Blue Moon for Sunday brunch (10:30AM- 2PM) before you make the ride back. If brunch is in your plans be sure to make a reservation to avoid any disappointments.

Accommodations should also be made in advance and range to match your personal tastes; e.g., Ram’s Head Inn (35006 Warrington Road) is a male-only secluded resort, the Oceanus Motel (9 Second Street) is family-friendly, and the Lighthouse Inn (20 Delaware Avenue) is small (4 rooms) and intimate. If cost or availably are concerns, major hotel chains in the vicinity are exceptionally gay friendly.

Swim by day and party by night as Rehoboth delivers many choices during the evening hours. Whether the end of your day calls for a stroll on the boardwalk or a dance club, Rehoboth can accommodate your taste. You can find the bears at the Double L (622 Rehoboth Avenue) and the women at The Frogg Pond (First Street). The young party crowd moves about in migration finding the right DJ and music. However, if you simply want a nice place to socialize with friends, consider ‘hanging-out’ at Rigby’s Bar and Grill (404 Rehoboth Avenue).

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will send you a free-copy of their Official Guide by simply emailing the organization at Make sure you include your email and mailing address. If you have the shopper-gene, time permitting, stop at some of the Delaware outlet malls. And, remember to bring your sun screen – tan don’t burn.

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New Now Next Names Their Favorite US Gay Beaches

Author: , July 17th, 2013

Big Island BeachLooking for a great gay beach getaway this summer? New Now Next has you covered:

A trip to the beach is usually about chilling, soaking up the sun and avoiding work, but almost all of the time it is about checking out sexy bodies. Shallow? Maybe, but go for a swim if you want depth! We kid, you can bring a book too. Even if you’re not actually reading, it’ll especially help you people watch if you’re at any of these beaches on the list below, where you’ll find some of the world’s sexiest men.

Fire Island Pines: If the isle of Lesbos had a younger brother, it would be the Fire Island Pines. New York’s hottest gays may not admit to it, but many of them spend the majority of the year in a gym so that they may show off their hard bodies in a Speedo along the shores of this dreamlike summer camp for grown boys.

The Others include beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, San Diego, Maui, Rehoboth Beach, Laguna Beach, and Ogunquit – hit the link above for more details.

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Rehoboth Beach for Gay Pride – Or Whenever

Author: , June 6th, 2013

Gay Rehoboth Beach Patio BarsHeading to Delaware for Pride this year, or just to see Rehoboth Beach? GPhilly has your back – with where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in the Ultimate Gay Guide to Rehoboth.

Summer. Time for gay men across the country to make our annual pilgrimages from the urban jungles we call home. We flock to the sandy meccas of America, where beach boys run wild and mimosas run bottomless (and the boys occasionally run bottomless, too): P’town, Fire Island, and–if you can take the heat–Key West.

Luckily, we have our own option, less than three hours away.

Boasting a population of more than 50,000 at the peak of summer tourist season, Rehoboth Beach has long been a draw for gays from Baltimore and D.C. But now, more and more Philly guys looking for the P’town/Cherry Grove experience without the actual schlep to P’town or Cherry Grove are pouring into the “beaches” (never “the Shore”), going in on shares or nabbing reservations at cute hotels. Whether you’re a couple of 25 years or simply someone looking to blow off steam with your boys, we have you covered. Welcome to the gayest guide to the gayest beach town around.

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