Welcome to Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach is an incorporated town in Sussex County, Delaware. The population was 301 at the 2000 census. The town hosts the Dewey Beach Music Conference during the last weekend of September. This event began in 2002 and has been a huge draw for unsigned bands from all over the country.

While not as extreme as spring-break locales such as Panama City or Cancún, Dewey Beach has developed a reputation as a wild summer "party town", and is particularly popular in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington areas. The town is less than a mile long and only two blocks wide, yet numerous bars and rock clubs line Delaware Route 1, the town's main street, some of which, such as the Bottle & Cork, attract nationally-known acts. On summer evenings, particularly on the weekends, Route 1 is often choked with pedestrians as bar goers hop from one nightspot to another, backing up traffic for miles.

Not withstanding its reputation as a magnet for partygoers, Dewey Beach is also a popular family resort spot, particularly because of its wide, sandy beaches, and many hotels, cottages, and condominiums may be found.

As is the case with most beach areas, Dewey Beach quiets down in the fall and winter. One popular event which packs Dewey Beach hotels every October is Greyhounds Reach The Beach, where thousands of rescued greyhounds and their owners congregate.