The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay, and it comprises 64,000 square miles (170,000 km2) of bays, marshes and rivers.
The Chesapeake Bay is approximately 200 miles (300 km) long, starting from the Susquehanna River in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the south. At its narrowest point between Kent Countys Plum Point (near Newtown) and the Harford County shore near Romney Creek, the Bay is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) wide; at its widest point, just south of the mouth of the Potomac River, it is 30 miles (50 km) wide.
The Chesapeake Bay is home to a number of fauna that either migrate to the Bay at some point during the year or live there year round. There are over 300 species of fish and numerous shellfish and crab species. Some of these include the Atlantic menhaden, Striped bass, American eel, Eastern oyster, and the Blue crab. Bird predators include the American Osprey, Great Blue Heron, the Bald Eagle and the Peregrine Falcon.
Several flora also make the Chesapeake Bay their home both on land and underwater. Common submerged aquatic vegetation includes eelgrass and widgeon grass. Other vegetation that make their home in other parts of the Bay are, wild rice, various trees like the red maple and bald cypress and spartina grass and phragmites.
The bay is extended in two places. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which crosses the bay in Maryland from Sandy Point (near Annapolis) to Kent Island and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia, which connects Virginia Beach to Cape Charles.
Chesapeake has so much to offer to visitirs such as attractions, golf, history, fishing, parks, nightlife, dining, music, culture, sports, and nature of all kinds. It is located just 20 minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 15 minutes from downtown Norfolk, 45 minutes from the history of Colonial Williamsburg, or the spray and play of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The Chesapeake Bay is a main feature for tourists who visit Maryland and Virginia each year. Fishing, crabbing, swimming, boating, kayaking and sailing are extremely popular activities enjoyed on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is said to be an appealing spot for families, water sports and boating.
With over 6400 miles of shoreline and hundreds of rivers and coves to explore, the Chesapeake Bay has often been acclaimed as one of the best cruising areas in the United States. Small historic towns and villages rich with tradition and culture are within a half days cruise from our centrally located base.
Start sailing towards the north into Maryland and on the way you can visit Soloman Island, Patuxent , St. Mary’s Rivers and the Smith and Tangiers islands. You can also sail to in Baltimore, Annapolis, Georgetown and Chestertown, on the northern part of the bay.