The Best Beaches to Visit in Maryland

Time on the Beach | © Ibrahim Asad/Pexels
Time on the Beach | © Ibrahim Asad/Pexels
Photo of Jasmine Eppes
Freelance Writer12 February 2018

Maryland is full of beautiful beaches that make for perfect getaways, as well as quick road trips and easy family vacations. Who doesn’t love to feel the sand between their toes? If you’re one of those people who love the open water and love to swim and enjoy the beach, Maryland has plenty of beaches to explore.

Ocean City Beach

Ocean City is the perfect place to visit for a last minute vacation, road trip, or quick getaway. Ocean City, Maryland, is roughly about three-to-four hours away from Baltimore, Maryland, depending on traffic. One of the most iconic things to do while in Ocean City is to visit its famous Boardwalk. The Boardwalk has a variety of activities for everyone to participate in; including arcade games, rides, food, snacks, and drinks. Once you visit the Boardwalk, you have to grab a freshly fried funnel cake, hot Thrasher’s french fries, and chocolate fudge.

Ocean City Boardwalk | © Rick Wagner/Flickr

Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach is only an hour away from the District of Columbia. Not only does it have fishing available, but it has gaming and bingo activities at certain hotels nearby. Many people also get married on the beach or at one of the hotels. There are also many restaurants that overlook the water that are perfect fine dining options. If you’re looking for a calm and relaxing getaway, visit this fanatic beach.

Chesapeake Beach | © BruceEmmerling/Pixabay

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore is full of stunning wildlife, such as waterfowl and wild horses. At this beach, you can often see beautiful horses galloping along the sandy seashore or grazing further inland in the state park. Assateague Island is full of marshes and coastal bays which make it the perfect place to camp, kayak, and explore the beautiful natural surroundings Assateague provides.

Assateague Island National Seashore | © Mrs. Gemstone/Flickr

Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is the perfect place to have a picnic while overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. This state park not only has swimming beaches, but it has fishing, crabbing, boating, as well as camping. Sandy Point beach is a great place to enjoy the views of the water, but it’s also perfect for families with children, as there are many activities for them to enjoy while breathing in the fresh air. In the summer, many local events are held at this beach as well.

Sandy Point State Park | © Mr.TinDC/Flickr

Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the charming Catoctin Mountains. Swimming is allowed in Hunting Creek Lake and as more visitors enter, many often have to be turned away so that the natural beauty of this park remains untainted. Those who visit this state park enjoy beachside picnics, as well as overnight camping and views of the waterfall.

Cunningham Falls State Park | © Nicolas Raymond/Flickr