Hog Island, one of several barrier islands off the Atlantic coast

Photo Essay: The Natural Beauty of Cape Charles, VA

Cape Charles is a haven for nature-lovers that is nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean on the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This unique location is comprised primarily of  farm land, parks, and a large wildlife refuge that keeps the area from being overdeveloped like area between Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Deleware further up the Delmarva Peninsula.

Off the Atlantic shore, visitors will discover the undisturbed, wild beauty of the Barrier Islands, inlets, and salt water marshes. The bay coast holds calm beaches, Kiptopeke State Park, and woodlands with prime camping spots. Route 13 bisects the peninsula, flanked by expansive farm land and dotted with small towns, motels, and market stands. Outdoor enthusiasts will discover a wide variety of activities that include hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, and birdwatching. Read our “Guide to Cape Charles” to find a detailed listing of where to stay, eat, and visit around the area.

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Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of exploring the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible. Lucky for her, her parents have retired in Cape Charles, a great place to visit and bring friends to escape city living.

Read our “Guide to Cape Charles, VA” to discover more about the area.»

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  1. Paige Conner Totaro
    Paige Conner TotaroAugust 13,14

    Gorgeous photos, Lara! I haven’t been to Cape Charles since I was a kid, and I’d almost forgotten about it. Now I’m thinking I might need to get down there.