Cape Charles Information
Visiting Cape Charles
Cape Charles was, for many years, the location passenger and car ferry service across the Bay to Norfolk and Hampton.
The construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel made ferry transportation obsolete and the last ferry left Cape Charles in 1953. Although there is no longer passenger ferry service across the Bay, rail barges still depart from Cape Charles, transporting railcars over the open waters.
Today, Cape Charles thrives as both a local residential community and a destination for vacationers. The town has a nice public beach right on the Bay and the historic downtown has a number of nice restaurants and shops. The Hotel Cape Charles is a nice place to stay right in the center of downtown.
The town’s marina was recently renovated and serves as a welcoming port for visiting boaters. There is a popular seafood restaurant at the town marina called The Shanty.
Bay Creek Resort
The Bay Creek Resort and Club, with beautiful Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses sits on the edge of town.
Both golf courses are open to the public. Tee times can be booked online.
Vacation rentals are available within the resort.
Nearby attractions include Kiptopeke State Park, where you’ll find off-shore reefs constructed from concrete ships, and the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge near the southern tip of the peninsula. Cape Charles is an excellent home-base for birders and kayakers.
Learn more about things to see and do in the Cape Charles area – Cape Charles Attractions.
More Things to See and Do
Hotel Cape Charles
In-town boutique hotel on Mason Avenue, in the heart of Cape Charles’ downtown. Close to shops and restaurants and an easy walk to the beach.
Rittenhouse Motor Lodge
An old-school motor lodge located on a wooded lot on Route 13, just outside of Cape Charles.
Map of Cape Charles Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts
See a map of hotels and B&Bs in and near Cape Charles.