The Surf Shanty Motel

2.5 star property
Motel with 20 beach bars, near Dewey Beach

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The Surf Shanty Motel

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Beach nearby, 20 beach bars
Front of property
Ground Floor - Tub
Second Floor - Shower
Third Floor - Shower

Overview of The Surf Shanty Motel

9.6 out of 10 Exceptional
9.6/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Non-smoking
21 Van Dyke Ave, Dewey Beach, DE, 19971
Main amenities
  • Near the beach
  • 20 beach bars
  • Free use of bicycles
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Premium bedding
  • Free self-parking
  • Mini-fridge

Room options

Third Floor - Shower

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Queen Beds

Ground Floor - Tub

  • 26 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Queen Beds

Second Floor - Shower

  • 26 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Queen Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • Rehoboth Beach - 5 min drive
  • Cape Henlopen State Park - 5 min drive
  • Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk - 6 min drive
  • Tanger Outlets - 5 min drive
  • Lewes Beach - 15 min drive
  • Cape May - Lewes Ferry - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Georgetown, DE (GED-Sussex County) - 32 min drive
  • Ocean City, MD (OCE-Ocean City Municipal) - 46 min drive
  • Cape May, NJ (WWD-Cape May County) - 101 min drive


  • Rusty Rudder - 3 min walk
  • The Bellyfiller - 6 min drive
  • Woody's Dewey Beach - 8 min walk
  • Dewey Beer Company - 10 min walk
  • Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant - 5 min walk

About this property

The Surf Shanty Motel

The Surf Shanty Motel puts you 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails. Fellow travellers love the beach location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 15 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age – 21
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests will receive an email 24 hours before arrival with check-in instructions and an access code; access will be through a private entrance
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms (speed: 50+ Mbps)


  • Free uncovered on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited (max. 1 space per unit)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 20 beach bars

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped hire nearby


  • Free bike hire


  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Lever door handles
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 55-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding
  • Pillow-top mattress

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Complimentary wireless Internet access (speed of 50+ Mbps)

Food and drink

  • Mini fridge
  • Free bottled water


  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

The Surf Shanty Motel Motel
The Surf Shanty Motel Dewey Beach
The Surf Shanty Motel Motel Dewey Beach

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Surf Shanty Motel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Surf Shanty Motel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Surf Shanty Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Surf Shanty Motel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Surf Shanty Motel and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as cycling. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. The Surf Shanty Motel also has 20 beach bars.
What's the area around The Surf Shanty Motel like?
The Surf Shanty Motel is located near Dewey Beach, only a short 2-minute walk from Dewey Beach Parasail and 12 minutes' walk from Delaware Seashore State Park. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Lawrence, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Caroline, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place to stay in Dewey!
This little motel is so quaint and clean! I love the surf motif and how simple, yet thoughtfully it was decorated. Andre made sure that we were taken care of and we had a wonderful stay!
Jill, 3-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

I cannot say enough good things about the Surf Shanty Motel! Love the look of it, and the location! The level of cleanliness was outstanding! There were so many little details that made us feel welcome and comfortable for the duration of our stay! The people on staff were some of the nicest, friendliest people I've encountered! Specifically, Andre was so great to talk to, and very attentive to all matters! We wish our stay had been longer! Looking forward to getting back there again soon!
Carly, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Very nice and convenient Quiet and close to the beach. Nice outside shower. We really enjoyed our stay.
anne, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Besties weekend Getaway😊
Absolute delight. Everything was clean, short walk to the beach, free bike riding and rooms are newly renovated. My bestie and I were pleasantly surprised. Andre, the manager, was very polite, friendly and informative. It was a pleasure to finally have great customer service from Andre. We will definitely be staying here again.
Diane, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Jeremiah, 4-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Tracey, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great, friendly hotel in ideal location.
My wife took our daughter out to a lacrosse tournament and we found this hotel for them to stay at and told others. Friends of ours stayed the week before and raved about the location and friendliness of the owner/manager. When my wife and daughter arrived, they agreed, the manager (wish I knew his name) was the best- very inviting, accommodating, and friendly. We are looking to return next Summer.
Andy, 3-night family trip
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