Best Beaches in Driving Distance from Annapolis

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway this summer or a whole week of fun in the sun, you don’t need to go far. We are just a few hours away from some of the best beaches on the East Coast, whether you’re looking to explore nature, have quiet time with family or party long after the sun sets. Here are our top beaches in driving distance from Annapolis!

Ocean City, MD

Drive time from Annapolis: 2 hours

Ocean City hosts 8 million visitors every year, and it’s pretty clear why. With 10 miles of beach, a 3 mile boardwalk, more than 200 restaurants, mini golf courses, water parks, and more, there is truly something for everyone. Check out the calendar packed with fun, family events on the beach.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Drive time from Annapolis: 2 hours

Rehoboth Beach offers a quieter atmosphere perfect for a family getaway, with eclectic shops, restaurants and a small amusement park all centrally located on the mile-long boardwalk.

Dewey Beach, DE

Drive time from Annapolis: 2 hours

Dewey is perfect for those vacationers who want the fun to continue long after the sun goes down. After spending the day on the beach, go out on the town and hit up the multiple nightclubs featuring hours of dancing and live music, including the the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock and Roll Bar in the World,” Bottle & Cork.

Assateague/Chincoteague Island

Drive time from Annapolis: 2.5 hours

Nature lovers: this is the place for you. Hit the beach, go camping, hike miles of trails, rent a boat or kayak, go fishing and, of course, visit the famous Chincoteague Ponies.

Cape May, New Jersey

Drive time from Annapolis: 3 hours

This beach is on the southern tip of the New Jersey shore, but it’s nothing like the “Jersey Shore” you’ve seen on TV. Cape May has pristine beaches, charming Victorian mansions, and a famous lighthouse.