Beaches in Maryland

What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beaches in Maryland


Last updated: 13 May 2020
COVID-19 Updates - Beaches closures in Maryland
On May 9, 2020 Mayor Richard W. Mcchan, opened Maryland’s beaches and boardwalks for the public. Click here for the order.
COVID-19 Updates - Recreational water quality monitoring
Water quality monitoring season has not yet begun. Some sampling is expected to begin May 18.
The Executive order 20-03-30-01 from the State of Maryland was issued as an executive order by the Governor of Maryland, Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. on March 30. Click here to access the executive order.
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Maryland is a mid-Atlantic state in U.S. Maryland has shoreline along both Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and borders the Potomac River on its west. Hot, humid summers on the eastern shore invite swimmers out to the many beaches in the state.

Along the Atlantic coast, Ocean City is one of the most popular beaches in the Maryland. It's a big, sandy, clean beach that attracts residents and visitors alike each year. For those looking for a little more peace and quiet, the Assateague Island National Seashore might be right up their alley. This island is shared with the state of Virginia. Wild ponies and several species of migratory birds call this island home and visitors can enjoy pristine beaches, wildlife viewing and kayak tours throughout the warmer months.

Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is also close to some beaches. A short drive from the city is Sandy Point State Park. Located in the northwestern portion of Chesapeake Bay, it features plenty of beaches on which to dry off after a swim in the cool tidal waters. Watch out for jellyfish, which can sometimes turn up in the waters here.

Inland, you'll find several state parks with access to swimmable lakes and sandy beaches.

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