The Chesapeake Bay has an amazing range of beaches, from natural-and-woodsy to boardwalk-and-funnel cakes. There are beaches just for dogs; beaches with volleyball nets for the sportier set; and beaches you get to only by boat… we call those ‘secret beaches.’
Blue pins are Western Shore beaches. Green pins are Eastern Shore beaches.
This is a small hidden gem of a beach just outside the Chesapeake Beach town limits. No facilities, but dogs are allowed on a leash
Once a beach resort, now a small town with 300 feet of swimming beach on the Sassafras River where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. Full facilities.
A wide, half-mile long, sandy beach with full facilities, lifeguards and parking next to the beach
A small, sandy swimming beach down a 1.8 mile trail through woods known for ancient sharks teeth & other fossils; dogs allowed
A beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay with large picnic area. The only beach is for dogs & kayaking; no swimming allowed
A 2,188 acre park with sandy beaches overlooking the North East River, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Full facilities. No lifeguards.
A St. Mary's County beach with limited facilities. No lifeguards. Picnic tables & grills available. (review pending)
A huge sandy swimming beach on a peninsula, known for sharks teeth & other fossils that wash up. Great for families. Dogs are allowed on leashes.
A 596-acre park on the Patuxent River. Swimming is permitted on the beach area. No lifeguard on duty. (review pending)
1,500 fee of beach and swimming area on the Gunpowder River's entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Full facilities & lifeguards.
This beach is on a 1,100-acre island and can only be reached by boat. It's on the western shore. (review pending)
Small, but scenic, Kent Island swimming beach with a view of the Bay Bridge; full facilities
Overlooks the Chesapeake Bay, but no swimming allowed. The state is working to restore the shoreline. (review pending)
This is a "passive natural park." That means you must walk in. It has nearly 2 miles of shoreline, including a beach area. No lifeguards. Portable restrooms. It does have picnic tables and grills. (review pending)
A small beach town with a four-block boardwalk, with a swimming beach, fishing pier, play ground and a funnel cakes stand. A traditional ocean-side type beach.
Two small town beaches without any facilities for out-of-town visitors, but with great water and sunset views
A beach on the peninsula between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, with a wide shady picnic area. It's one of the most popular beaches and picnic spots fill early.
300 foot beach with a picnic area and several shaded groves, playgrounds, sand volleyball and sailing center. Full facilities. (review pending)
A huge sandy swimming beach near the Bay Bridge in Annapolis. Full facilities & large parking lots.
A beautiful beach with off-white sand & clear blue-green water on Tangier Island
A natural Kent Island swimming beach that requires a short hike but has a great view of the Bay Bridge; limited facilities