You will love Cape Charles Virginia Hotels located in the tiny beach town on the Chesapeake Bay. B&Bs, a boutique hotel, and cottage/resort rentals make staying here a pleasure. There are shops in the downtown area, a full service European day spa, and nearby guided horseback trail rides on a waterfront estate. Dining includes waterfront restaurants, a Viennese-inspired coffee house, Irish pub, old-fashioned soda fountain, and more. The Cape Charles Museum provides a fascinating look at how Cape Charles was formed. The Art Deco Historic Palace Theater spotlights local, regional, and national talent. Soak up the sun at the town’s mile-long beach or set sail on the Chesapeake Bay. Visit all the Best Virginia Beaches here.
Cape Charles Virginia Weather – When to Visit
he best time to visit Cape Charles is from late May to early September, when you’ll experience oceanfront culture in full swing. This is the peak season, so the city and beach can get crowded during these months, plus room rates at beachfront hotels are generally higher between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For lower prices and relatively comfortable temps, arrive in spring (from March to mid-May) or fall (between mid-September and November). You can also save some money if you visit in December, January or February, but you’ll need to bundle up.
Best Cape Charles Area Beaches
Watch the most stunning sunset you’ll ever see with a cocktail in your hand at Sunset Beach. The calm, shallow waters are great for small children and families. The Jackspot is just steps from the sand, so a snack is never far away, and during the summer months, there’s lots of live music.
Kiptopeke State Park
Kiptopeke State Park has a little bit of everything, including hiking trails, a fishing pier and a beach. The northern portion of the beach is a half mile long and is just for swimming and sunbathing. The southern beach is open to swimming, pets, fishing, crabbing and boating. The park is famous for the concrete ships that sit just offshore from the beach.
Cape Charles Beach
This beach is just steps from the shops of downtown Cape Charles. It’s an easy walk from almost anywhere in town, or if you’re coming by car, there is plenty of free parking just off the beach. The waters off this wide stretch of sandy shore are warm and shallow, particularly at low tide. It’s a great place for small kids to play.
Savage Neck Dunes
A 3/4 of a mile path leads through a maritime Forrest and over sand dunes to a stunning beach that is one of the Eastern Shore’s best kept secrets. This beach stretches for miles so even if the parking lot is full, you won’t find a crowded beach waiting for you. But there are no facilities at this beach, you you’ll need to take supplies with you.
Virginia Barrier Islands
A string of 14 undeveloped barrier islands hug the shoreline of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, making up the longest stretch of undeveloped coast on the eastern seaboard. These islands are beautifully pristine and wild. Many of the islands are open for activities like bird-watching, hiking and surf fishing.
Best Cape Charles Tours & Activities
Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tours
Watch the sun set over Chesapeake Bay on a 2-hour, small-group dolphin tour by kayak from Virginia Beach. Paddle along the coast as you spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and see the Cape Henry Lighthouses and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from the water. Book your Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tour here.
Kayak Tour around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands
This grand kayaking adventure will take you to the most remote areas of Assateague Island. Most days we encounter the wild Chincoteague ponies grazing along the marshlands, but always remember these are wild animals and some times you see them and some times you don’t. Book your Kayak Tour Around the Chincoteague & Assategue Islands here.
Wetland Zip Tour
Soar through the trees on this 90 minute zip tour through a gorgeous wetland forest. Climb up 70′ towers and fly though the air while seeing nature at its best. Book your Wetland Zip Tour here.
Sunset Stand Up Paddle Board Tour of Linkhorn Bay
Steer a stand-up paddle board across Linkhorn Bay on a 1.5-hour sunset tour in Virginia Beach. Watch for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, blue herons, and kingfishers, and enjoy an easy going place to practice stand-up paddle boarding with help from experienced guides. Book your Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Tour of Linkhorn Bay here.
Virginia Beach Surf Lessons
Experience the thrill of surfing in the Atlantic Ocean during surfing lessons on Virginia Beach. Choose from either private or group lessons to suit your schedule and budget; all levels are welcome and accommodated accordingly. All equipment and instruction included. Book your Virginia Beach Surf Lessons here.
Best Cape Charles Virginia Restaurants
Hook At Harvey $11 – 30
A Cape Charles Bistro featuring fine casual dining and unrivaled sunsets. Hook At Harvey is open only for dinner Tuesday-Saturday and operates year-round. For fine dining in Cape Charles, this is your place. Menu Telephone: 757-331-2275 Web: Hook at Harvey
The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery $11 – 30
This restaurant serves the freshest and finest cuisine available. Their chefs seek and utilize quality local ingredients, adjust them seasonally, and prepare them tastefully to serve the best that Eastern Shore Virginia has to offer. Menu Telephone: 757-331-8660 Web: The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery
The Shanty $11 – 30
This waterfront winner serves up an amazing lunch and dinner near the center of town, making it one of the best places to eat in Cape Charles. The Shanty welcomes well-behaved dogs on their outdoor deck. Menu Telephone: 757-695-3853 Web: The Shanty
Kelly’s Gingernut Pub $11 – 30
Dine inside the original bank vault complete with heavy steel door. Count on Kelly’s to have a wide choice of beers both domestic and foreign to please any palate. Enjoy a glass of wine in the patio area or head upstairs to the loft area for a great view. Menu Telephone: 757-331-3222 Web: Kelly’s Gingernut Pub
The Jackspot at Sunset Resort
This RV-friendly, pet-friendly, kid-friendly, family-pleasing spread is absolutely packed in the summer. The Jackspot Restaurant is right on the beach, serving up casual eats, cocktails, beer, and wine to an adoring crowd. Menu Web: The Jackspot at Sunset Resort