Maryland has over 30 miles of pristine coastline for all sorts of water activities. We are lucky to have the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, at our feet. Here are a few of my favorite places to swim, sunbathe, fish and enjoy the water.
Assateague Island is located about eight miles south of Ocean City. It is a gorgeous place, and happens to be a national state park.Wild ponies run free here, and you will see them on the beaches, the marshlands and sometimes on the roadways. Lifeguards are on duty on the 2 mile sandy expanse of this pristine area. The beach is open to the public for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 9 am until sunset. Fishing is allowed both in the boat launch area and on the ocean beach, as long as it is done outside areas patrolled by lifeguards. Nobody wants to get a hook accidentally stuck in his or her feet! It is thrilling to see fishermen pull some fresh fish from the sea. You must pay a visitors fee went entering the park. Feel free to pack a cooler filled with lunch, snacks and drinks.
This is a public beach, just as most on Maryland’s coast. However, you must go to the town hall and purchase a pass. Residents who live in Calvert County receive a discount on the pass. There is a boardwalk here, and fishing and crabbing is allowed. However, an additional pass is necessary if you wish to fish. The water is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. It’s a lovely way to spend the day.
This is probably one of the most popular beaches in Maryland.
There are ten miles of sandy beach here, with plenty of room to spread out for sunbathing and building sand castles. The beach is open from 9 am -10 p.m. daily, with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Swimming, surfing and fishing are allowed on the beach. However, if you fish, you must be 50 yards away from people at all times. The southern portion of the beach is lined with 2.5 miles of boardwalk, which includes a small amusement park, restaurants and shops. You are sure to find something yummy or bring back souvenirs from your time in our state.
Sandy Point State Park
This is a beach to try for those who don’t want to drive as far as Ocean City. It sits at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. There is a sandy beach here and lifeguards. If you like to fish, you may do this by the boat launch. Another fun way to spend the day here is crabbing! I love catching the blue crab! Just head to a local store, pick up the gear (usually a hook and string), a bucket and some chicken parts. Toss it in areas around rocks, or in just a few feet of water. Feel the tug and reel them in! Catch enough and you’ve got dinner. This is a fun thing to do with kids, right from the shore.
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