Located along the Chesapeake Bay, there are countless coastal and beach towns in Maryland. With sparkling seas, white sands, boating, and sightseeing, these picturesque Maryland beach towns are some of the best around. There are lots of bayside cities to check out in Maryland, whether you’re moving to the state or hoping to move to the coast.
But if you’re not sure where to start on your hunt for the best Maryland beach town, we’re here to help. From Annapolis to Ocean City, Redfin has gathered a list of 9 beach towns in Maryland. Let’s dive into some of Maryland’s top beach cities, listed in alphabetical order, so you can find the right place for you.
About 40,700 people live in our first coastal Maryland town, Annapolis. While there are no beaches in Annapolis, there are many picturesque oceanfront spots to explore. If you’re considering moving to this town make sure to check out some of the museums and historical landmarks like the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the William Paca House & Garden, explore downtown Annapolis, and visit Acton’s Cove Waterfront Park.
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Another one of Maryland’s great coastal towns to consider buying a home in is Betterton, home to just about 290 people. Living in Betterton, you’ll want to explore the quaint town and visit beaches like Betterton Beach.
#3: Chesapeake Beach
The town of Chesapeake Beach is home to about 6,500 residents. There are countless beaches to explore on a sunny Maryland day – Bayfront Beach, Brownies Beach, and Chesapeake Beach. Make sure to walk along the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail and explore the downtown area if you move to Chesapeake Beach.
Home to beautiful beaches like Crisfield’s Wellington Beach, there are many places to spend a beach day. With roughly 2,500 residents in Crisfield, make sure to also take a fishing charter on the water or check out one of the local restaurants.
#5: North Beach
The charming coastal town of North Beach has about 2,200 residents, making it another great option. You’ll find stunning beaches such as the aptly named North Beach. In North Beach, you can check out the parks like Wetlands Overlook and Sunrise Gardens.
#6: Ocean City
With just about 6,900 people living in Ocean City, it’s a great beach town to consider living in. Some beaches you can visit are Maryland Beach and Ocean City Beach. You’ll have easy access to what makes this beach town unique, so make sure to check out the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, explore the Ocean City Boardwalk, and rent a jet ski or boat for some adventure.
With a population of only about 610, Oxford is a charming and cozy beach town to live in. If you find yourself moving to this village, make sure to stop by one of the historical spots in Oxford, spend the day in Oxford Beach, or grab a bite at one of the riverfront restaurants.
Located along the Patuxent River is Solomons, where you’ll find amazing beaches such as Solomons Island, great for taking in the water views. Living in Solomons, be sure to visit the Calvert Maritime Museum, eat at one of the many local restaurants, or spend the afternoon fishing.
Just about 8,100 people live in Stevensville, located on Kent Island, where you’ll find beaches like Matapeake Beach and Terrapin Nature Park. Other popular things to do in Stevensville include taking a fishing charter, exploring Terrapin Nature Park, or visiting one of the wineries or breweries in town. In addition to these beach towns, there are plenty of affordable places to live in Maryland.
Note, this list is not comprehensive of all the beach towns in Maryland. Median home sale price data from the Redfin Data Center during June 2023. Average rental data from Rent.com June 2023. Population data sourced from the United States Census Bureau.