Maryland is home to a beautiful array of beach areas, some popular ones on the Atlantic Ocean, and others that are more inland or even manmade. If a trip to Ocean City is too far away, there are plenty of other beach areas that may be closer to you. Some are even close to Baltimore! Take a look at the top 10 beaches in Maryland.
1. Miami Beach Park
Get a taste of Miami’s sun and sand without leaving Maryland!
This beach is located 15 miles, or just less than 40 minutes by car, from downtown Baltimore in Baltimore County. Situated on a small peninsula extending from Bowleys Quarters, you can get to Miami Beach by following Bowleys Quarters Road off Route 150 (Eastern Avenue). You'll pass through a scenic wooded area dotted with a few farms, before finding the beach entrance where Miami Beach Road turns into Bay Drive. Look for a chain-link fence and gate in front of a small hut. To the right of the gate are a field and a parking lot.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset and is closed on weekends. Due to recent restoration efforts, swimming at the beach is sometimes prohibited.
Miami Beach has more than 500 feet of sand and facilities including a pavilion, grills, playground, and a nature trail. The pavilion is used on a first-come-first-served basis, but can also be rented for group events.
Take a swim or use a grill to throw a cookout with all of your friends! Click here for more information.
2. Assateague Beach
This beach is located on Assateague Island, which is off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. The island has over 37 miles of sandy beach. There are a lot of fun things you can do here including: sightseeing cruises, kayaking, crabbing, bird watching, fishing and more. You can ride a bike and enjoy the wildlife along a nature trail. Enjoy ponies and wild horses at a distance from nearby Chincoteague Island! Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
3. Ocean City
Ocean City, Maryland has the most popular beach in the state! It has 10 miles of beach and a 3-mile boardwalk that has amazing hotels, shops, restaurants, and other attractions. Click here for more information. Enjoy activities like surfing, horseback riding, surf fishing, and more! During the summer, they have special family activities, which include: concerts, moves, and beach Olympics. Before you leave, don’t forget to take a ride on Trimpers’s Carousel, one of the boardwalk’s oldest attractions! Click here for more information.
4. Sandy Point State Park
This beach is located along the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis. The park boasts a lengthy beach where you can appreciate the bay in all its glory! Many people come to enjoy wildlife and bird watching. If you’re ready for an active day, you can go kayaking, crabbing, fishing, hiking, and more. Cook your favorite food on one of the grills and enjoy a picnic! Click here for more information.
5. North Beach
Located in North Beach in Calvert County, this Beach has been called “The Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay.” People love to go biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, crabbing, and a lot more. Even though it’s a public beach, you must purchase a pass at the town’s welcome center. North Beach has a great boardwalk with lots of shops and attractions—you can even bring your dog! The town hosts many of the events on the beach year-round including concerts, campfires, and even “Christmas on the Beach.” Click here for more information.
6. Gunpowder Falls State Park–Hammerman Beach
This beach is located in Middle River, MD. It has 1,500 feet of beach and swimming area. You can choose from kayaks, wind surfboards, and stand-up paddleboards to rent and use at the beach. Looking for a real adventure? Try a small boat launch—it’s sure to be exhilarating. You’ll find picnic tables, playground equipment, and a boating marina as well. Click here for more information.
7. Deep Creek Lake
Located in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, this is a great place for the entire family! It has pristine water and a sixty-nine-mile shoreline along Maryland’s largest lake. While you're visiting you can enjoy the wildlife—there are bears, wild turkeys, and bobcats. There’s plenty to do here—fishing, hiking, kayaking, jet skiing not to mention the ski slopes during the winter season! This is a true oasis—you can rough it camping outdoors or treat yourself to a stay at a luxury resort. Click here for more information.
8. Cunningham Falls State Park
This park located in Thurmont, MD comes complete with three differing swimming areas along one mile of shoreline in Hunting Creek Lake. There is a boat launch area open 24 hours a day depending on the weather. You can fish, swim, boat, and picnic here. You’ll want to visit the state’s largest (78-foot) waterfall—it’s an amazing thing to see in person! Click here for more information.
9. Rocky Point Beach and Park
Rocky Point Beach is located in Essex, MD in Baltimore County. The beach has a 300-foot shoreline of soft sand, set in a 375-acre park. It’s open all year during the day for boating, fishing, and picnicking. You can stay active at the beach playing volleyball, sailing, fishing, and even having fun on the playground! People love to come for the great views of the Chesapeake Bay and Hart-Miller Island. Click here for more information.
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10. Breezy Point Beach
You’ll find Breezy Point Beach in Chesapeake Beach, MD in Calvert County. If you’re a fishing or crabbing enthusiast, you’ll love the 200-foot pier. The ½ mile of sandy beach is perfect for those who want to swim or soak up some sun. Guests can enjoy: camping, picnicking, sunbathing, playing volleyball and much more. There is a separate playground for children and a great campground available seasonally. Click here for more information.