The 7 Best Beaches in Maryland for Avoiding Crowds

Maryland is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. Here are a few where you won't have to battle for a beach chair spot.

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It's the dream of every person who wants to take some time to get away from it all: a nice, uncrowded beach where you can park your chair for a few hours and relax. Of course, reality tends to be a bit more of traffic jams, cruising the parking lot for an hour to find a spot, and wedging your chair next to the baby who won’t stop screaming.

Luckily, though, Maryland has a good number of beautiful beaches a bit off the beaten path — and here are some of our favorites.

1. Betterton Beach

Located near the mouth of the Sassafras River, Betterton Beach offers five acres of shore. It’s a small beach, to be sure, but well-kept, with its own boardwalk, picnic pavilion, and fishing jetty. Oh, and did we forget to mention that the town of Betterton only has 350 people? Which means beach access is much less of a headache.

2. Breezy Point Beach

At Breezy Point, you will find a half-mile of sand, a netted swimming area, grills, a pirate ship playground, bathhouses, a volleyball area, and a fishing pier. Pack a picnic (or, if you get there early enough to snag a grill, burgers and hot dogs) and eat in the shady luncheon area. On weekends in the summer, though, it can get busy, so an earlier start is recommended. 

3. Assateague Island National Seashore

Let’s be real: Assateague Island is stunning. Pristine beaches, rolling dunes, and wild ponies roaming about, when paired with a lack of hundreds of other nature-seekers crammed into one space, lends itself to a wildly relaxing time.

4. Hart-Miller Island State Park

If you’re looking for something pretty far off the beaten path, the 3,000-foot sandy beach on Hart-Miller Island is ideal for you. This is mainly because while the beach is available for public use, the island can only be reached by private boat. Enjoy Chesapeake Bay knowing that most visitors with you will be locals, not tourists.

5. Elk Neck State Park – North East Beach Area

This park is full of exciting things to see (like a lighthouse!), but offers a nice beach with shallow, warm water—perfect for a day of floating in Chesapeake Bay. Plus, there are bathrooms, showers, a convenience store, picnic tables, a playground, and more, meaning you won’t be roughing it (even if you are surrounded by nature).

6. Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point is 786-acres, found at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and features a length of beach along Chesapeake Bay.  The beach is popular with sunbathers, fishermen, and crabbers alike, and you can rent boats from the park and get snacks on the beach as well. In recent years, Sandy Point underwent several energy efficient upgrades and the park's energy use has been reduced by 45 percent. 

7. Calvert Cliffs State Park 

If you want seclusion, Calvert Cliffs is a fabulous option. It has a small, beautiful beach that you can only reach by taking the red trail and walking for a little less than two miles. The beach is nestled next to a cliff, and offers lovely views of Chesapeake Bay. Plus, the shore contains a variety of fossils, for those with a keen eye!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susanna Pilny is a freelance writer from Rhode Island with degrees in neuroscience and Classics from Vanderbilt, URI, and Trinity College Dublin. She also spends summers doing arch... more

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