Broadkill Beach / Primehook Beach / Slaughter Beach

Dazzling vacation hotspots with direct beach access to the Delaware Bay.

Welcome to Broadkill Beach/Primehook Beach/Slaughter Beach

Dazzling vacation hotspots with direct beach access to the Delaware Bay

Tucked between the Delaware Bay shoreline and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Broadkill beach is a tiny vacation hotspot cherished for its natural beauty, enviable privacy, and remote feel while being a mere hop, skip and jump away from the delights and festivities of the resort towns. Along with its neighbor, Primehook Beach, and the quaint Slaughter Beach, these tranquil coastal retreats are officially designated sanctuaries for the horseshoe crab—Delaware state’s marine animal.

Characterized by their powdery, white-sand beaches, stunning waterfront properties, and direct beach access to the Delaware Bay for a plethora of water-oriented recreation, Broadkill Beach/Primehook Beach and Slaughter Beach are ideally set for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a sparsely populated family-friendly beachside haven near great shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Fine weather all year round cajoles locals out of their homes to relish the warm sunshine and fresh ocean breezes, while intimate local events at Broadkill Beach have converted a significant number of people into year-round residents. Get your dose of sand, surf, and sun living with any of the luxury homes spread across, running the gamut from charming cottages to well-furnished family-friendly homes.

What to Love

  • Pristine white sand beaches with beautiful wildlife
  • Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the bay
  • Lively waterfront rentals minutes away from Delaware’s resort beaches
  • Watersports galore all year round
  • Family-friendly Fourth of July Parade

Local Lifestyle

Laidback and not overly populated, all three areas offer an exclusive feel yet allow for plenty of fun. Locals can easily reach the Delaware Bay for water-sports galore— whether stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, or swimming. And even on land, the activities don’t end. With the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge within a short distance, nature lovers have their dose of the outdoors on its trails, birdwatching, or simply taking in the unmatched natural scenery. Twenty minutes away from all that the resort beaches have to offer, Broadkill Beach even hosts a little, intimate Fourth of July parade every year, and residents can watch the fireworks from neighboring beach towns go off in the distance. Primehook Beach is very unique as it is a private waterfront community nestled between the bay and the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge. Beach access is not available for the general public.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Broadkill Store offers grocery items and souvenirs, homemade donuts on weekends, and kayak rentals, and nearby, in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, you’ll find a sparkling barrage of eateries and boutiques. Visit Kids’ Ketch to pick up toys, games, and puzzles for your kids, and step through the doors of Twila Farrell Clothing and Accessories to browse racks of chic outfits for your next social engagement. If you are looking for a quaint village feel, head over to downtown Milton and grab a seat at one of the three waterfront eateries. Looking for an exciting day trip, go for a tour of the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

Stop in for breakfast sandwiches at the Broadkill Store and for a classy feast with your family, bring them all to Blue Moon—an upscale restaurant set in a charming Craftsman cottage and offering guests live entertainment as they savor tasty delights like soft shell crab, wedge salad and blackened sea bass paired with cocktail or wine. Dine alfresco at On The Rocks Dockside Grill serving yummy crab fries at a beautiful location overlooking the Cape May - Lewes Ferry and draped in a coastal ambiance.

Things to Do

Slaughter Beach is a popular sanctuary for horseshoe crabs, who crawl ashore in the spring. Take a stroll along the bay or walk your dog while taking in the sight of shiny sea rocks, shells, and sea glass, and perhaps, help a few overturned crabs get back in the water. The historic Mispillion Lighthouse is a sight to behold, rebuilt from scraps left of the old structure, and it stands today as the last wood-framed lighthouse in Delaware and a member of the National Register of Historic Places—so be sure to pay it a visit when you reach Shipcarpenter Square! 

Spring brings along a lot of migrating shorebirds, from flocks of Dunlins to American Oystercatchers, Willets, and many more passing through on their journey to the arctic. Come watch these birds at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge or Milford Neck Wildlife Area while getting in some wildlife-oriented recreation along the walking trails or bird blind.


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