When Parents magazine recognized Rehoboth Beach recently as one of America’s top vacation spots for families, it solidified Sussex County as a top tourism destination for visitors from throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
The members and staff of the Sussex County Association of Realtors have known this full well for years, as the area’s 26 miles of Atlantic coastline have helped keep real estate prices in southern Delaware stronger than in many areas of the country.
The national designation recently bestowed upon the area, the latest of many such recognitions in recent years, will do nothing but even further strengthen the area’s economy, as well as its already robust real estate industry.
“I read with great pride and interest the article in Parents magazine about Rehoboth Beach. It’s a great honor for our little corner of the world to be recognized among more high profile locations like Hilton Head, S.C. and beaches in California and Florida,” said Bob McVey, president of SCAOR. “It really reinforces what we as Realtors already knew, that Sussex County is a great place to live, work and raise a family. But it’s also uplifting to see others realize the same thing, both on a regional and on a national level.
“All of us here at SCAOR certainly congratulate everyone in Rehoboth Beach for this prestigious honor.”
Rehoboth was named to the magazine’s “Top Ten Beach Towns for Families” in their June issue. Cape May, N.J., a short ride from coastal Delaware aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, also made the list.
The feature story written by Karen Cicero states that the magazine “combed thousands of beaches looking for clean water and low rates of closings. Once we narrowed the list to 100 or so, we factored in other deal-breakers, like lifeguards and restrooms, then turned our attention to the fun, low-cost attractions, nature activities and family vibe of the rest of the town.”
Using that criteria, it’s no wonder why Rehoboth was included on the prestigious list. Last year, southern Delaware’s premier vacation destination, along with neighboring Dewey Beach, was recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as a five-star beach for their swimming water quality.
Rehoboth and Dewey were two of only 13 beaches, out of 3,000 nationwide, to be awarded five star ratings for perfect swimming water quality for the past three years.
Add in all the activities on the Rehoboth Boardwalk, the stellar state park system nearby and the friendly, small town atmosphere, and it’s no mystery why “the nation’s summer capital” received high marks in Parents magazine’s recent study.
“As someone who markets southern Delaware for a living and sells homes to people like me who have fallen in love with the unique charm and appeal of our beaches, it’s great to see unbiased reports like this that speak so highly of the area that I call home,” said McVey. “It’s undoubtedly a great place to live and it’s my hope that this kind of national designation will cause others to learn what I already know. I don’t see how anyone can visit southern Delaware and not fall in love with it.”
In addition to Rehoboth Beach, Cape May and Hilton Head, S.C., the other seven destinations named to the list of top family-friendly American beaches were Gulf Shores, Ala., Kamuela, Hawaii, Kitty Hawk, N.C., Amelia Island, Fla., Falmouth, Mass., St. Pete Beach, Fla., and Coronado, Calif.
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