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Chesapeake Bay

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Chesapeake Bay

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States of America. Its waters are part of the states of Maryland and Virginia


Other destinations

  • Calvert Cliffs State Park [1]
  • Elk Neck State Park [2]
  • First Landing State Park [3]
  • Hart Miller Island State Park [4]
  • Hooper's Island — one of Maryland's oldest inhabited places, a charming island known for sport fishing, crabbing, and the Hooper's Island Lighthouse
  • Janes Island State Park [5]
  • Kiptopeke State Park [6]
  • North Point State Park [7]
  • Point Lookout [8]
  • Sandy Point States Park [9] — one of the biggest beaches on the bay, right next to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
  • Smith Island — a tight knit island Methodist community, who speak an isolated dialect reminiscent of Victorian-era England
  • Wye Island [10]


This article is about places around the Chesapeake Bay and concentrates on places which can be reached by a short walk from the shores of the bay and its tributaries. It also includes some information on good places to stay "on" the bay (e.g., anchorages). It is probably most useful if your mode of transport is a boat, but many of the places discussed are also reachable by less convenient wheeled conveyances.

Get in

If travelling from far away, the best way to get in is probably BWI Airport. It is close to the major ports of Baltimore and Annapolis. BWI Airport is served by many major airlines and passenger rail service via Amtrak.

Get around

By boat

The best way to access the sights mentioned in this article is to use a boat. Getting access to a boat is sometimes a bit tricky, but here are some suggestions:

  • Cruise ships offer Chesapeake Bay cruises from Baltimore. These week-long voyages visit many of the historic and charming ports on the Bay.
  • Charter a boat. To do this, you need to prove to the owner of the boat that you are competent to operate it. Again, several charter providers exist in the major ports.
  • Own a boat. If you own a boat, you are all set.

Some people prefer boats powered by the wind, others prefer those powered by motors.

By car

If you are using the aforementioned wheeled conveyance to visit these sights, there are a fine collection of roads, but only three crossing points in the 120 mile length of the bay. This makes some itineraries inconvenient.


  • Wye River
  • LaTrapp Creek on the Choptank River
  • Little Choptank River


  • One week sail from Annapolis
  • One week sail from Crisfield



  • There are many small eateries on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Many serve the signature dish: Maryland Blue Crabs. You should definitely try some of them.
  • The cities listed above have many good choices listed.
  • With proper permit and patience, you can catch your own dinner!



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