Cape Charles was, for many years, the terminal for 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 are boat a popular seafood restaurant at the town marina called The Shanty.
The Bay Creek Resort and Club, with beautiful Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses sits on the edge of town.
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.
The dining options in and around Cape Charles are surprising good, considering the size of the town and it’s fairly remote rural location. See a listing of restaurants, with reviews.
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.
Shore Stay Suites – Located on Route 13, south of Cape Charles. Suites have full kitchens with full-size appliances. Pet-friendly rooms are available.
Sunset Beach Resort – Large property near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, with private beach and RV camping. Recently renovated.
Map of Cape Charles Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts
See a map of hotels and B&Bs in and near Cape Charles.