Welcome to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia
The "Eastern Shore" is the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, and it includes parts of Maryland and Virginia. We include parts of Delaware here on this site too because it's all connected and part of what's known as the DelMarVa Peninisula.
Probably the best known Eastern Shore destinations are the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland and Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The beaches are great! But there's so much more to explore on the Shore. The region is characterized by tiny historic towns, meandering creeks, beautiful natural areas, great seafood, and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland for thoroughly charming good time.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
The Maryland Eastern Shore was once a drive-through area between Annapolis and Ocean City. Now small bayside towns like Chestertown, St Michaels, Cambridge, Easton, and Crisfield are destinations in their own right.
A visit to Maryland's Eastern Shore might include exploring the friendly shops in our little towns, biking through wilderness parks, kayaking on a creek, and eating crab cakes at seafood restaurants.
Maryland's Eastern Shore is connected to the rest of the state by the Bay Bridge, which crosses 4.5 miles of the Bay between Annapolis and Kent Island. If you don't want to cross the bridge, you'll need to drive up to the top ofthe Bay and back down through Delaware. The easiest and most enjoyable way to the Shore from New Jersey via the Lewes/Cape May Ferry.
From luxury resorts to quaint bed-and-breakfasts, there are plenty of places for you to spend a week or a weekend on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia
The Eastern Shore of Virginia is even more of an undiscovered gem than the Maryland portion of the Shore, with few residents and hundreds of miles of shoreline on the Bay and Ocean.
There are few crowds on Virginia's Eastern Shore and the pace is relaxed. But don't be fooled by this area's quiet nature. There's plenty to keep a visitor busy, you just need to know where to look.
The 17-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel crosses the mouth of the Bay from Virginia Beach to the southern tip of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Once you're here, it's easy to get around. Route 13 is the major north - south highway. But plan to get off the highway - the best of the region is definitely on the back roads.