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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Beach Bargains in Delaware

Four hours from Manhattan, the first state's overlooked beachfront has the same pristine sand as the Jersey Shore—minus the crowds, noise, and prices.


1. Where to Stay

A suite at the upscale Hotel Rehoboth.  

Recession-driven cancellations make it easy to score a last-minute beachfront house. Look for rentals on Jack Lingo Realtor (starting at $110). Remember: Rehoboth has the artsy gallery community, Bethany is particularly family-friendly, and party-all-night singles storm Dewey.

Start your day with a free yoga class at the Delaware Inn (from $180), a bright, newly renovated B&B. In addition to an organic breakfast, they will pack a pâté-and-crostini-filled picnic basket for the beach.

Forgo wicker-and-rattan shacks for a sleek suite at Hotel Rehoboth (from $329). You don't have to lug beach chairs and a cooler, either—the hotel shuttle will give you a lift.

Published on Jul 30, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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