10 Beautiful Beaches In Maryland To Visit

The state of Maryland is one of the most interesting places to visit in the United States, for a variety of reasons. One of its most striking features, in fact, is its amount of coastlines and waterways.

10 Beautiful Beaches In Maryland To Visit

It’s a state that is undeniably linked to the ocean, which is why its biggest city, Baltimore, is famous for being a key US seaport. But what does this mean for a tourist? Beaches!

That’s right, Maryland’s sheer amount of coastlines means that there are a whole load of brilliant beaches for you to visit and relax at.

Picking the very best of them can be difficult, though, which is why we’ve done the work for you.

In our fun guide below, we’ve got 10 beautiful beaches in Maryland for you to visit. Whatever seaside activities you want to do, and whatever type of beach you want, you’re sure to find some fantastic picks!

Sandy Point State Park

We’re starting our list off with a beautiful and big beach right next to the city of Annapolis. Sandy Point State Park offers exactly what you think it might – sand!

You can enjoy a long stretch of sandy dunes to relax and play on, with a gorgeous view of both the sea and the astonishingly long Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the distance. 

Better yet, there’s plenty of activities you can take part in here. There are beaches within the park where you can swim, as well as spots to fish from.

On top of that, you can even rent a boat and go out sailing for a bit. Crabbing is popular, too, as well as great locations to watch wildlife. And if you want a bit of a walk? There are trails for you to go hiking on.

You can expect to find lots of people at the various beaches here, which are very popular with families. In fact, the State Park sees over one million visitors each year!

Lifeguards are present at the beaches during the summer, so that’s the best time to go.

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Another classic Maryland State Park here, this great spot offers up a beautiful contrast of forest and sand. The Park is 24 miles long itself, and there are 13 miles of trails within it for hiking.

You’ll find plenty of forested parts on these trails, and plenty of species of animals and plants to observe from afar.

But what does this have to do with beaches? Well, the small and intimate sandy beach that’s at Calvert Cliffs State Park can only be accessed after an almost 2 mile walking trail.

This may seem frustrating to some who just want to get to the beach straight away, but trust us – walking through the lush green trail beforehand makes the sandy dunes even more rewarding!

It’s a great spot for a romantic time with your partner, thanks to the relative smallness of the beach, which is a cozy spot for relaxing in the sun and swimming.

However, kids will have a great time too, especially thanks to the rock and fossil collecting that is allowed on the beach. Make sure to keep away from the cliffs, though, because they are closed due to risk of erosion.

Breezy Point Beach

Now there’s a name that just screams relaxation! Breezy Point Beach offers a spot that’s fun for the whole family, with plenty of places to relax and play, as well as lots of activities to take part in. 

The beach itself is sandy and half a mile long, and people like to use the bay for swimming and fishing.

It’s a very popular destination, meaning that it often fills up to capacity during the summertime – so plan ahead and come early! 

Its popularity is understandable, considering the range of things to do there. The whole family can be entertained, thanks to the netted swimming area and a 200 foot pier for fishing and crabbing from.

Jellyfish have been known to inhabit the water when the weather is warmer, though, so please be careful when swimming. 

On top of that, there is a playground for the children, and the whole family can enjoy a meal at the shady picnic areas.

Additionally, there is also a camping ground near the beach, if you want to take the family camping for a night or two.

Ocean City

Ocean City

Ocean City is a famous resort town in Maryland, where you can go and enjoy miles of sandy beach, as well as plenty of shopping and eating at the various stores and restaurants.

This is one of the most popular beaches in all of Maryland, especially as a destination for families to enjoy their holidays and weekends.

If you want something more private, this isn’t going to be the beach for you – but if you like crowds, then come on down!

There is a long wooden boardwalk packed with all kinds of stores and restaurants to spend time in, whenever you want to take a break from the sand.

Additionally, the Jolly Roger Amusement Park is a very fun spot to take the kids, a water park with plenty of attractions to enjoy.

North Beach

A big contrast to the Ocean City beach, North Beach in Maryland is a quiet and relaxed sandy spot.

You won’t find big crowds filling this space up, making it perfect for a private romantic stroll with your partner.

You’ll have to pay a fee to enter the beach, and it has specific opening hours you’ll have to stick to, but it’s worth it.

There are no lifeguards, so it’s not safe to go out swimming here, but you’ll have plenty of fun staying on the sand instead.

Betterton Beach

This lovely beach in the town of Betterton, Maryland, is a great spot to go and relax at. It’s a pleasant place and the beach itself is wide, meaning that you can enjoy a good few hours here.

The place can get pretty full as the day goes on, though, so it’s worth getting there early.

If you want to take a moment out of the sun, too, you can sit at the shady picnic table area and relax under the dark of the trees. 

Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach in Maryland is a little away from the the city of Salisbury, a place that’s also worth visiting while you’re in the area.

At Cherry Beach, you can expect to find a beach that’s peaceful and relaxing, with beautiful views of the water. It’s a great place for watching the sunset, so try and stick around on the sand!

While there you can play on the dunes and enjoy a picnic at the nearby pavilion. You shouldn’t go swimming, however, because the water is unsafe and choppy. 

Plenty of people like to take their pets for a walk here, so if you have a dog then it’s worth bringing them. On top of that, there is also a pier where people like to fish, and the water is good for boating on too.

Deep Creek Lake

 Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake is certainly deep, since this is the biggest inland body of water in all of Maryland! As a result, you’re going to find plenty to see and do during a day out here.

It may not have a beach in the sandy sense, but it’s got loads of gorgeous water views to enjoy from land. 

As a result, there’s plenty you can do here that you can do at most beaches. You can rent a boat and go out on the lake, or even a canoe if you want something a little different.

On top of that, you can also fish at the lake, or simply observe the large amount of aquatic life – both fish and birds – that Deep Creek Lake has on offer. 

Tilghman Island Beaches

This is a great place in Maryland to go to the beach, that is if you can get access to one. Tilghman Island has plenty of beaches on it, but they are privately owned, with no public beach.

If you’re staying at a hotel here, they may have access to a beach, in which case you can enjoy the gorgeous views from this dreamy island in the Chesapeake Bay.

Matapeake Beach

At the Matapeake Clubhouse in Maryland, you can find a lovely beach that’s well worth your time.

This spot is perfect for recreation, whether it’s swimming in the public swimming beach, having some food at the family picnic area, or even seeing a performance at the amphitheater that’s located outdoors nearby. 

On top of that, there are wooded trails nearby for you to walk, which provide a nice green contrast to all the relaxing beiges and blues of the beach. 

Final Thoughts

Maryland is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States, with loads of variety. Use our guide to visit 10 of the best ones. 

Mylene Mace