Top 5 Places to Retire in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Known as Delaware's "Quiet Resort," the beautiful coastal community of Bethany Beach is a great place to retire in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

For years, Delaware has become one of the top retirement states in the country, largely because of the low tax rates and the 26 miles of stunning Atlantic coastline.

Bethany Beach sits to the south of Delaware's most popular beach resort of Rehoboth Beach and just north of Maryland's favorite summertime playground of Ocean City.

Resting in between and not nearly as large as its two more populous neighbors, Bethany Beach is a hidden gem for many who seek to relocate to a resort town in their retirement years.

Your 401k and IRA dollars will definitely go a lot further in Bethany Beach, which is why Delaware has earned the moniker of "Florida of the North" in recent years.

Here are some of the top places for retirement in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

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Cedar Bay

Located in Ocean View, just a few miles west of Bethany Beach, the Cedar Bay community is exclusively for residents 55 and older and features 72 condominiums.

Amenities include an exercise room, an outdoor swimming pool and common areas for clubs and activities.

Condominiums in Cedar Bay are both two and three bedrooms and feature outdoor balconies and porches, as well as individual parking spaces.

Nestled near Route 1, allowing access to coastal communities in both Delaware and Maryland, Cedar Bay is a nice choice for enjoying your retirement in the Bethany Beach area.

Waves Off Rehoboth

Millville by the Sea

The Millville by the Sea community is just four miles from downtown Bethany Beach and provides some of the best retirement living options at the Delaware beaches.

The community features a good amount of open space, with lakes for fishing and kayaking, as well as walking paths, cozy parks and spots for relaxing.

There's also an outdoor swimming pool in the community to enjoy during the region's warm weather months. Pickeball courts, an activity center, an on-site crab shack, a fitness center, a playground for the kids and a clubhouse pub are also available for residents to enjoy.

Bethany Beach is accessible from Millville by the Sea via a community shuttle, which can take you to the beach without having to worry about traffic in the summertime.

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Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbour at Bethany Beach is an Insight Homes community and is located in Ocean View, just west of the "Quiet Resort."

Sunset Harbour is a great option for retiring at the Delaware beaches and stretching those 401k and IRA funds further in retirement.

The community features private boat slips at every home, as well as a waterfront clubhouse and swimming pool.

Enjoy direct access to the Assawoman Canal via White Creek, as well as ample opportunities for kayaking and boating in Delaware's southern resort region.

Sunset Harbour features three-story homes that generally encompass more than 3,000-square-feet of living space.

The community is conveniently located and allows easy access to not only Bethany Beach, but also Rehoboth Beach to the north and Ocean City, Maryland, to the south.

Rehoboth Boardwalk Entrance

Bay Forest

Formerly named one of the top communities in the country by the National Association of Home Builders, Bay Forest is located in Millville, just west of downtown Bethany Beach.

Also named the Delaware Community of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Delaware in 2019, Bay Forest provides comfortable retirement living near the Delaware Beaches.

On-site amenities at Bay Forest include a fitness center, swimming pools, a waterfront pier, tennis courts, walking and biking trails and both canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

The community is just three miles from the Atlantic coast, with shuttle service provided daily to downtown Bethany Beach.

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Seagrove at Bethany Beach

Located just west of Bethany Beach, the Seagrove community is a great place to retire at the Delaware beaches.

Amenities at Seagrove at Bethany Beach include a resort style clubhouse, as well as a community swimming pool, a fitness center, pickleball courts and spaces to enjoy a game of bocce ball.

Homes at Seagrove feature both classic and coastal cottage style designs, with many home sites surrounded by community ponds and wooded areas.

Holts Landing State Park and the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club are both within an easy drive of Seagrove, as is Bethany Beach and the rest of the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Rehoboth Beach Waves

For much more on the benefits of retiring in Bethany Beach or anywhere else at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, contact the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 or visit

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