So, you've chosen the East Coast. You've chosen the First State – Delaware. You're surely in for a doozy of a trip, but where to go? There are oodles of options, from the remote sands of Broadkill Beach on wide Delaware Bay to the pumping family fun of Fenwick Island and Rehoboth. This guide can help you track down a corker of a Delaware beach rental, whatever spot it is that captures the imagination.

Fantastic, family-ready Fenwick Island rentals

There's something for all ages down by the sands of Fenwick Island. Revving go karts mingle with rattling roller coasters, and there are water parks and boating charters to be had on the sides of Little Assawoman Bay. What's more, rows of comfortable townhouses and beach lodges beckon families all along the oceanfront. Many have multiple bedrooms to sleep five, six, or even upwards of 10. And there are usually great al fresco areas – think about those cookouts as the sunset glows across the Atlantic.

Lovely Lewes beach rentals

If you like your beachfronts to come with a hefty side of nautical history and refined seafood, Lewes might just be the one for you. Known for its upscale vibe, it's got museums that spin tales of colonial settlers from the 1600s, quirky Dutch buildings, and a downtown that's packed with art and craft boutiques. To really get away from it all, you could zero in on the rentals that fringe the Cape Henlopen State Park to the east. That's a land of wide beaches and tidal flats, with thought-provoking WWII fortifications and rare seabirds to see.

Brilliant Broadkill Beach rentals

Follow the handle of the coast north-west from Lewes and you'll soon come to sleepier Broadkill Beach. It actually faces Cape May in New Jersey, running along past picket fences that cling to rows of small bluffs and dunes behind. All by the shoreline are cottage-style Broadkill Beach rentals, with the most sought-after of the bunch offering wide decks that poke straight out over the powdery sand.

Rambunctious Rehoboth Beach vacations

Rehoboth Beach is probably the closest that Delaware ever comes to Myrtle Beach and the other East Coast resort towns that fizz with life between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's mainly because it pulls huge crowds of sun seekers out of Washington DC when the temperature soars skywards. You'll find all the usual ingredients – a buzzy boardwalk, a bandstand fringed by surf-and-turf eateries, ice-cream parlors, family-fun amusement arcades. In the suburbs behind the shore are the cutest rentals, built like fairy-tale homes plucked from a Hans Christian Andersen book.

The pulse of Dewey Beach

One stop south of Rehoboth is Dewey Beach. Get ready to rock the nights away in Rockabilly surf shacks and spend days pumped with adrenaline on jet skis and motorboats in these parts. That's precisely what people mean when they say this one's the youthful spirit of the Delaware coast. That shows in the range of Delaware beach rentals that pop up here, too. Loads of them are primed for the young'uns – think condos and apartments for big groups, all close to beach bars and restaurants.

Bethany Beach – ocean stays on a boardwalk

The famous boardwalk at Bethany Beach isn't your usual rollicking length of carousel-peppered coast path. It's calm, collected, and bathed in fresh ocean breezes. And it comes with a whole medley of charming beachfront rentals that can offer small pools and yards just steps from the yellow-tinged sands. For something even more chilled, you could also choose to venture down to South Bethany, which is distinctly upscale, touting bungalows and bistros and boutiques.