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The Coastal Charm of Cape Charles Offers Sandy Shores and Sun-Kissed Memories

🦀     Do you love the beach but hate the crowds?

🦀     Hungry for delicious fresh seafood?

🦀     Are you looking for a peaceful getaway that checks all the boxes?

Photo By: Author, Trish Mann

Cape Charles, Virginia, is a quaint village hidden behind acres of farmland and features one of the largest concentrations of turn-of-the-century buildings on the Eastern Shore. Oozing charm, delicious seafood, and a delightful main street of shops and treats, this slice of heaven sits along the soft sandy beaches and tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Recently, my family had the pleasure of spending a week exploring this beautiful area, and now that we are home, we can’t help but dream of when we can return. Read on to discover why you will want to join us on the Eastern Shore.

Exploring the food scene in Cape Charles, Va.

I admit I am a bit of a foodie and couldn’t wait to get some she-crab soup. This soup, made from Atlantic female blue crabs, has made this landlubber a crab soup lover. Fortunately, this rich, flavorful soup is on the menu at area restaurants. Not only did I order it three times over the week, but we also splurged on she-crab dip, another delicious treat.

Photo By: Author, Trish Mann

Other family favorites were oysters on the half-shell, deep-fried oysters, clams, fresh fish tacos, and crab cakes. One of the culinary hits of the week came when we were invited to a crab boil. Finding the meat was challenging for us newbies, but with some good instructions, we persevered, and it was well worth the effort.

Cape Charles beach scene

The weather was warm and sunny, meaning lots of time for fun at the beach. The sand is delicate and soft, while the water is refreshing. The beach is excellent for families with shallow water and parking on the other side of the low dunes.

Photo By: Author, Trish Mann

My grandkids spent hours building sandcastles and splashing around in the water. I am generally not a beach girl, but I enjoyed this beach more than any other I have been to in the United States.

Exploring the Eastern Shore of Virginia

If you love fishing like my husband, good charters run all season long at Cape Charles. The guys in our group had a great time fishing for Cobia and were fortunate to snag two good size ones. While the captain was cleaning the fish, some giant manta rays were swimming around, hoping for some discards.

Photo By: Author, Trish Mann

Another place to fish is Kiptopeke State Park, just 15 minutes south of Cape Charles. Hubby snagged a stingray and some ribbon fish in just a few hours. There are also beaches, trails, and camping to explore.

The highlight of the trip was teaching the grandkids to catch crabs. With ingenuity, some string, chicken legs, and a net, we soon had a bucketful. Ultimately, we had the kids release them back into the ocean so they could see another day or at least till they became dinner for someone else.

Cape Charles is a getaway full of excitement yet laid back and relaxing. The whole vibe of the town is relaxing and rejuvenating. The sun is warm, the people are friendly, and the ice cream is delightful.

Photo By: Author, Trish Mann

You won’t find any hi-rises or chain motels. You will discover charming VRBOs with welcoming porches and a few local motels and bed and breakfasts. Each unique place offers its slice of heaven, making it a perfect beach getaway. Make memories with your loved ones without breaking the bank or waiting in long lines, and plan your next trip to Cape Charles, Virginia. You won’t regret it.

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