Best Kept Boating Destination Secrets on the Chesapeake Bay

By September 5, 2017Explore
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Shhhh. Letting You in On a Local Secret!

When you think of Chesapeake Bay boating destinations, there’s always the well-known hot spots – Annapolis, St. Michaels and Rock Hall. But, what if we told you that there are many other beautiful destinations on the Bay that are definitely worth a visit? The Chesapeake Bay is home to awesome boating, amazing entertainment, outdoor activities and delicious restaurants – and there’s a local haunt at every port to enjoy. Do you want to find some hidden gems? Check out this list of fantastic destination getaways that many people don’t know about. Happy cruising!


Havre de Grace, MD

The historic city of Havre de Grace, Maryland features a wide array of neat attractions. It is a cozy waterfront town that sits on the banks of the wide Susquehanna River. Nearby, the Susquehanna State Park offers great opportunities for hiking, additional boating and fishing. There’s also a boardwalk promenade where visitors can enjoy the gorgeous waterfront views, and a fun waterfront park.

Log Pond Marina
Havre de Grace Marine Center
Penns Beach Marina
Tidewater Marina


Chesapeake Beach, MD

The beautiful bayside community of Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, MD, is a place where families and friends come together for unforgettable getaways. In Chesapeake Beach you’ll find quiet secluded beaches, delicious waterfront restaurants, fresh seafood, water park activities and daily events. The quaint, historic area has a hometown feel that both residents and guests can enjoy year-round.

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
Rod N Reel Marina West
Breezy Point Marina


Kent Island, MD

If you’ve crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, then you’ve gone right by some great local spots in the Kent Narrows. Kent Island is just barely separated from the mainland by a narrow channel known as Kent Narrows, which is home to great marinas, restaurants and bars. Even better, Kent Island is also known for its awesome Tiki Bars with endless live entertainment weekly, throughout the season. Whether you want to crack crabs, sip a crush, dance the night away or kayak through great natural beauty, there’s plenty to do here.

Piney Narrows Yacht Haven
Clarks Landing- Chester
Kent Island Yacht Club
Mear Point Marina
Queen Anne Marina
Wells Cove Marina


Solomons, MD

Solomons, also known as Solomons Island, is a picturesque town nestled where the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay meet in Calvert County, MD.  Guests can follow the Riverwalk boardwalk along the Patuxent River, and enjoy waterfront views and many of the town’s restaurants and shops. Solomons is the home of the Calvert Marine Museum, a popular day trip destination for folks near the Bay, as well as the Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Solomons Yachting Center
Zahniser’s Yachting Center
Solomons Harbor Marina
Dockside Marina

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