Fenwick Island is best known as a summer getaway spot for folks in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania but this beachside destination is the perfect spot for a summer vacation no matter where you’re from! Even if you haven’t heard of this summer getaway yet, I promise you’ll love it. It’s a great spot to vacation for a family, a reunion, a girlfriends getaway, or a golf trip! There’s something for everyone to love here, plus it’s on the ocean with beautiful beaches and tasty seafood to enjoy! Here’s your Fenwick Island Travel Guide, with all you need to know to get ready for an awesome vacation to Fenwick Island, Delaware.
Fenwick Island Travel Guide
When To Go
Summer is the best time to visit Fenwick Island because that is when its best amenities are available. If you’re looking for a summer getaway, Fenwick Island is the perfect spot. But it’s also a lovely spot to visit in the off-season, if you’re just looking to be by the ocean and have some quiet, without necessarily wanting to go in the water or lay on the beach. You’ll find the most crowds there during the summer months because that is the most desirable time to be there, but as it’s a somewhat undiscovered destination, the summer is actually still a very pleasant time to visit!
How To Get There
Fenwick Island is a bit of a misnomer because you can actually drive there, it’s not entirely separated from the mainland by water. But it’s remote enough to offer you a quiet escape near Ocean City Maryland. So the best way to reach Fenwick Island is to drive, because you will want to have your car available for use while you’re there. You can, however, fly into nearby Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and rent a car to drive the rest of the way. Bear in mind that you will drive through miles of farms on your way, but stick with it because the beach really is at the other end! And the farms are a very good thing, as you’ll see in the next section.
What To Do
Fenwick Island is a classic summer destination so you have all the activities you would expect, including visiting the beach, biking around town, playing some outdoor sports, and taking a boat trip. Check out Fenwick Island State Park beach which is a huge beautiful beach between Delaware and Maryland. Fenwick Island lies within the Chesapeake Bay, so you have calm waters perfect for kayaking or SUP-ing. And if you go to Bayside, there is a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, and great views of the bay and a kayak shop for rentals at The Point. This area of Delaware also benefits from an abundance of blueberry farms, which is an oft-overlooked asset in my opinion. I spent an entire morning picking blueberries when I visited, and I came home with an entire bushel of fresh-picked blueberries…it was amazing! Try Bennett Orchard or Parsons Farm for blueberry picking if you visit in July or August. If you want to do some gift-shopping, the best beach-inspired shop is Fenwick Float-Ors, on Lighthouse Road. You can also take a day trip over to Ocean City, which is just over the Maryland state line, but it’s a bit much with the busy boardwalk so probably one day is enough there.
Where To Eat
Of course you have to have some seafood when you’re in Fenwick Island. There are a lot of great seafood restaurants, but you can start with Big Eye Jacks, Fenwick Crab House, and Just Hooked. The Cove at Bayside is a nice restaurant with outdoor seating, and almost every night of the summer there is an outdoor concert across the pond, so you get dinner and a show here! And then in the morning you should make it a priority to try The Fractured Prune, which makes the most moist doughnuts I have ever had. Try their Prune Princess doughnut, it’s absolutely to-die-for, which is quite something since it has prunes in it!
Where To Stay
Much like Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Fenwick Island is best experienced with a big group of family or friends in a rented beach house. You can find plenty of properties available through rental agencies, like Resort Pointe Rentals, in communities like Bayside, or on websites like airbnb. The hotel offerings here are limited, and are mostly actually motels. So I would recommend staying at a rental, plus it’ll feel like a home away from home that way!