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Chesapeake Beach

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Sunset over North Beach

Chesapeake Beach [1] is in Southern Maryland. Along with North Beach, it forms a seaside community that saw its heyday before the building of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and the resulting competition with Ocean City, but may be experiencing a comeback.

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Maryland Route 260's eastern terminus is at the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach. Coming from Washington, D.C., Route 4 will get you from the Beltway to MD-260. Coming from Annapolis, head south on Route 2. From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take MD-301 S to MD-4 S. At the terminus of MD-

From Washington’s Capital Beltway (I-95/495), take Route 4 south into Calvert County. Take the Route 260 ramp to the Beaches. See ALL below. From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take Route 301 south to Route 4 south into Calvert County. Take the Route 260 ramp to the Beaches. See ALL below.

From Annapolis, take Route 2 south to Route 260 east (left). See ALL below. From Southern Maryland, take Routes 2/4 north to Sunderland. When Routes 2/4 split, take Route 2 north to Route 260 east (right). See ALL below. ALL follow Route 260 until it ends at the Chesapeake Bay. Turn left and go north approximately 0.6 mile.

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A must for Sunday visitors is a stop at the Bayside History Museum, 9006 Dayton Avenue, from 1PM–4PM. The many exhibits detail the history of the Northern Calvert/Southern Anne Arundel Counties’ Chesapeake Bay communities. Arrangements for special events/group tours can be made by calling 410-495-8386.

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Don’t miss the free summer concerts held the second Saturday of the month from June – August and our annual Bayfest held the fourth weekend in August where an array of crafters show off their talents.[2]

  • Bruce Snake Gabrielson Surf Art Gallery and Museum, 5005 Bayside Road (Rt 261) (South on Rt 261 about 3 miles), 240 464-3301, [3]. 6-8 pm. Maryland's only Surfing Museum and Surf Art Gallery. Located in the offices of the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association, this museum contains many significant historical items related to the sport of surfing collected by its founder over the past 50 years including antique boards, posters, and various surf art objects. Reservations are preferred. Free.  edit


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You’ll find great Shopping: Antique shops, Fine arts gallery, Novelty shops, Gift shops, Flower shop, Candy store All shopping and restaurants are within walking distance of the pier, boardwalk and beach.

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Chesapeake Beach[edit]

  • Smokey Joe's, 4165 Mears Avenue (Attached to Chesapeake Beach Resort), 301-855-3089, [4]. Su-Th 7AM-10PM, F-Sa 7AM-11PM. This casual family restaurant has take out service through the bar, including two dedicated take out parking spaces. They have a nice section of the menu featuring items from Wesley Stinnett's Restaurant, which was closed due to Tropical Storm Isabel after 67 years in operation, and they also do a pirate-themed family night on Tuesdays which is a lot of fun for the kids.  edit
  • Little Panda, 7836 Bayside Rd (Chesapeake Station), (301) 855-8068. Good Chinese takeout.  edit

North Beach[edit]

  • Neptune’s Seafood Pub, 8800 Chesapeake Avenue, 410-257-7899
  • Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop, 9132 Bay Avenue, 410-286-8041 9200
  • Tastee Freez, 8831 Chesapeake Avenue, 301-855-0585
  • Thursday’s Bar & Grill, 9200 Bay Avenue, 410-286-8800 / 410-286-8695
  • Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Avenue, 410-257-0001

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Chesapeake Beach[edit]

  • Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, 4165 Mears Avenue, 866-312-5596, [5]. Balconies directly overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and the Calvert Cliffs, a full-service spa, marinas with slip rentals and charter fishing, two restaurants and an outdoor café.  edit

Rose Haven[edit]

Herrington Harbour Inn Rt. 261, 7161 Lake Shore Drive Rose Haven, MD 20714 800-213-9438 • 410-741-5100 • 301-855-8399

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