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Kayaking the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland
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Surfing, sunbathing, sailing and sand castles

If this sounds like the perfect summer, then start planning your vacation to the USA’s Capital Region, where you can experience the best of Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. With the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean all within easy reach, this destination is a treat for water lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers.

Boating, Fishing and Crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay

The waters of the Chesapeake Bay span the length of the Capital Region, with the mainland to the west and the Delmarva Peninsula to the east. From the historic city of Annapolis, Maryland to the bayside of Washington, D.C., and south to Virginia Beach, Virginia, the bay draws boaters every day of the year. Navigate a schooner, rent a private boat or just relax with a drink on a sightseeing cruise.

A chartered fishing trip will take you to some of the best angling in the area. Depending on the season, you’ll catch rockfish, sea trout, perch, flounder or bluefish.

Children and families love crabbing, an activity famous to the Chesapeake Bay region. Learn how to catch, cull (sort by size), steam and eat Maryland blue crabs on a guided excursion, or simply stop at the many piers and parks along the water’s edge to scope for crabs (be sure to check crabbing regulations first).

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Adventures on the Water

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Adventures on the Water
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Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore is one of the nation’s most treasured coastal retreats. This 60-kilometer island that spans the coasts of Virginia and Maryland is known for its outdoor activities. Biking and hiking trails are plentiful. The bayside of the island is excellent for crabbing and fishing, wading with children, or water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking (rentals are available). The Atlantic side of the island attracts beach lovers for sunbathing, splashing in the surf and overnight beach camping.

Throughout the island, you’ll encounter Assateague’s famous wild horses. Watching these animals swim in the surf is a magical sight.

Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland is famous for its wild ponies, who can often be found walking along the beaches.