Delaware State Park Beach Cottages

Delaware State Park CottagesPoke around your state park’s website and you may be surprised at what you find. While recently browsing the Delaware State Parks site, I uncovered great hikes to waterfalls, yurts evocative of Hobbit housing, and a dozen waterfront cottages located at the Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth.  Each cottage has room for six guests and includes two bedrooms and a loft with a queen-size bed. And I’m just back from having stayed in one of them with my family.

Painted in pastel colors on the outside, these sunlit cottages feature comfortable living rooms with gas fireplaces, TV/DVD players, and hardwood floors. Our kitchen was stocked with a microwave, toaster oven, pots and pans, and thoughtful amenities like wine glasses and a corkscrew. You can opt for open windows and ceiling fans or air conditioning.

The Porch.pngThe best feature of the cottage was the screened-in porch with a table and chairs that was perfect for sipping morning coffee and watching the fishing boats heading out for the day. Nearly 14 miles of state park beach is right outside your door, and we selected Towers Beach that along with lifeguards has a concession stand and changing rooms. (When renting a cottage at Indian River Marina the beach passes are included in the fee.)

There were plenty of activities perfect for kids. They could fish right off the rocks in front of the cottage, or after a short walk to the marina, we could hop on a charter fishing boat and watch the daily catch being cleaned by the professionals. There’s also a seafood shop selling fresh-caught fish where we bought swordfish to grill for dinner.

A five-minute drive brings you to the Life-Saving Station and the Delaware Seashore visitors center where the kids can make turks-head knot bracelets or dissect squid during one of the hands-on activity sessions.

To find out more about the cottages and make a reservation, go to the Delaware Seashore State Park site. Who knows what else you might find?

Photos: Delaware State Parks

For more information about Delaware travel, see our Delaware Travel Guide. 


  1. eileen
    August 8, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Do they allow small dogs

  2. Kathy
    March 17, 2014, 3:00 pm

    We love th e cottages and are looking forward to a second visit. The places are still very new looking and very well kept based on a January 2014 visit. The only thing we found wanting was baking pans for the convection oven. If you bring cookie sheets/jelly roll pans, they will have to be a smaller-than-average size, 17.5 inches max. Regular pots/pans are supplied. Remember to bring laundry soap, dishwasher soap and of course soap for the kitchen and bathroom sinks. The shower has a drop-down wooden seat. The ladder/steps to the upper level are really sturdy and good-sized but still more a ladder than steps. Plan for the elderly to sleep on the main level. You don’t need to bring pillows or bedspreads. And check-in is only between 3pm and 4:30pm unless you make other arrangements ahead of time. Looking forward to that off-season gas fireplace again!

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  4. Kelly
    Wilmington, DE
    January 23, 2012, 3:58 pm

    My husband & I have rented the cottages on two occasions(2009 & 2011). Each time we had a wonderful stay. The cottages were clean and well stocked. If you don’t want to stay at the beach for a full week, the cottages or a hotel room seem to be your only options…and the cottages are sooo much nicer than a hotel room. I’m booking our visit for this summer now!

  5. JeannieJayne
    Indian River cottagges
    November 2, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Wen we spent a weekend there a couple of years back these cottages were immaculate. Inside is open-concept with soaring ceiling, loft, lovely views of the water from every window, and you’re only a few yards from Indian River. Sit on your screened porch and enjoy. We went in November and it was beautiful. We took our two boys and their friend, my husband’s elderly mother, and us, and there was plenty of room. We each had a bedroom and the kids slept in the loft.

  6. Michelle
    May 4, 2011, 10:25 am

    Just there last week and they just put in new furniture, beds, patio and other goodies. This is worth a try! the view is amazing too and they are opeing a new cafe’ (bar)….great spot.

  7. Karen
    February 27, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Susan O’Keefe:
    My husband and I were going to rent one of the
    cottages at the Delaware State Park Beach so we
    were happy to see your review. However, my husband is reluctant to rent because his experience with anything run by a state is usually not well kept. Can you verify that the
    cottages are in good shape?
    I would appreciate any firsthand information you can give us to alleviate our concerns.

  8. John@Air Conditioner Sales
    February 12, 2011, 12:51 am

    Great pictures, very pictureque. It must be nice to sit on the patio, drinking tea and watching the sailboats as the sun sets.