Beaches Near Washington DC

If you crave the waves and feel the urge to be closer to nature, the beaches are definitely calling you. Apart from a lot of exciting things, Washington DC is also close to a lot of beaches. Famous spots along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean offer a wide array of activities including everything from swimming to boating and crabbing to viewing wildlife.


Whether it’s a small vacation you fancy, a family outing or a weekend getaway, these beautiful beaches wouldn’t disappoint you. Here is a list of some of the best beaches you can visit:


Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

This beautiful island is famous for the hundreds of ponies that wander the beaches. This place’s charm lies in camping. Since this is a national park, camping is allowed. Although, if you do not fancy camping, you will have to drive to nearby Ocean City, Maryland or Chincoteague Island, Virginia to find hotel accommodations.


Distance from DC: 140 miles, 2.5-3 hour drive



Cape May, New Jersey

Fancy a romantic getaway with your better half?

Want to get away from all of the hustle bustle?

This is your place.

Cape May is a historic beach town with many comfy bread and breakfasts. It is also one of the most romantic places in the country.


Distance from DC: 187 miles, 3.5 hour drive



Chincoteague Island, Virginia


Chincoteague, Virginia is one of the best places if you’re into some hiking, biking, lighthouse tours, guided wildlife tours and more. If you’re around, be sure to visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the top five shorebird migratory staging areas in the United States. If you’re looking for accommodation, it is pretty easy to find affordable and comfortable hotels around.


Distance from DC: 170 miles, 3-3.5 hour drive

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