Chesapeake Bay Beaches (map)

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. 

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Bay Front Park

Chesapeake Beach, MD

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

Betterton Beach

Betterton Beach, MD

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.

Breezy Point Beach

5300 Breezy Point Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

A wide, half-mile long, sandy beach with full facilities, lifeguards and parking next to the beach

Calvert Cliffs State Park

9500 H. G. Trueman Road, Lusby, Maryland

A small, sandy swimming beach down a 1.8 mile trail through woods known for ancient sharks teeth & other fossils; dogs allowed

Downs Park

8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122

A beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay with large picnic area. The only beach is for dogs & kayaking; no swimming allowed

Elk Neck State Park

4395 Turkey Point Rd, North East, MD 21901​

A 2,188 acre park with sandy beaches overlooking the North East River, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Full facilities. No lifeguards.

Elms Beach

19350 Back Door Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

A St. Mary's County beach with limited facilities. No lifeguards. Picnic tables & grills available. (review pending)

Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657

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.

Greenwell State Park

25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood MD 20636

A 596-acre park on the Patuxent River. Swimming is permitted on the beach area. No lifeguard on duty. (review pending)

Gunpowder Falls State Park

7200 Graces Quarters, Chase, MD 21027

1,500 fee of beach and swimming area on the Gunpowder River's entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Full facilities & lifeguards.

Hart-Miller Island

Hart-Miller Island, MD

This beach is on a 1,100-acre island and can only be reached by boat. It's on the western shore. (review pending)

Matapeake Park

305 Marine Academy, Stevensville, MD 21666

Small, but scenic, Kent Island swimming beach with a view of the Bay Bridge; full facilities

Miami Beach Park

4001 Bay Drive, Bowleys Quarters, MD 21220

Overlooks the Chesapeake Bay, but no swimming allowed. The state is working to restore the shoreline. (review pending)

Myrtle Point Park

24050 Patuxent Blvd., California, MD 20619

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)

North Beach

8916 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714

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.

Oxford Beaches

100 Morris Street, Oxford MD 21654

Two small town beaches without any facilities for out-of-town visitors, but with great water and sunset views

Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

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.

Rock Hall

Rock Hall, MD

A small town swimming beach with great sunsets & view of Baltimore at night

Rocky Point Beach

2200 Rocky Point Road,Essex, Maryland 21221

300 foot beach with a picnic area and several shaded groves, playgrounds, sand volleyball and sailing center. Full facilities. (review pending)

Sandy Point State Park

1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

A huge sandy swimming beach near the Bay Bridge in Annapolis. Full facilities & large parking lots.

Tangier Beach

16799 Hog Ridge Rd, Tangier, VA 23440

A beautiful beach with off-white sand & clear blue-green water on Tangier Island

Terrapin Park

91Log Canoe Circle, Cross Island Trail, Stevensville, MD 21666

A natural Kent Island swimming beach that requires a short hike but has a great view of the Bay Bridge; limited facilities

Wellington Beach

116 A Lorie Quinn Drive, Crisfield, Maryland 21817

A small community beach in Crisfield, MD, with amazing sunsets

 

 

 

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