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.