Best Beach Destinations Near DC
When the humidity crosses 90% and you feel like you’ve forgotten what it’s like not to be sweating, the beach may feel like it’s a million miles away. But with several great coastal getaways just a short drive away from DC, there’s still time to cap off your summer with a beach vacation.
Here are our picks for the best beach destinations close to DC – tell us if we picked one of your faves on social media using #hiltonatthebeach.
1. Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City feels like a quintessential East Coast beach town, complete with a wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants and shopping, plus amusement rides and carnival-like attractions for kids. It’s no wonder it’s been drawing families for decades.
Where to Stay: Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
History comes to life in Virginia Beach, where you can take a break from the sun and surf to take in the country’s backstory: nearby First Landing State Park tells the story of the Jamestown colonists who first arrived to this area in 1607 through nature trails and interactive displays.
Where to Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront South
3. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Just a couple hours outside the city lies Rehoboth Beach, where DC residents have been retreating for vacations since 1873, when the first camping area was established. All those visitors across the years have helped earn the area its motto as the “Nation’s Summer Capital.”
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Rehoboth Beach
4. Chincoteague Island, Virginia
If crowded beaches and bustling boardwalks just don’t sound relaxing to you, then look to Chincoteague for a more relaxed pace. Don’t miss a stop at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to catch a glimpse of the ponies that still run wild on the island.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Chincoteague-Waterfront