Things to Do in Cape Charles, Virginia
Local Guide to Cape Charles, VA
We love love Cape Charles, Virginia for family vacations! It’s a quaint little town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay side of the shore.
Where the action happens is about half way up the peninsula, all the way to the west, where the water meets the shore in a historic district that is made up of a grid of walkable streets and local shops galore.
As Virginians, it’s close to home and an easy drive or sail over to the Cape. While the Eastern Shore is mostly farmland, this little section of the shore is the perfect beach destination.
How to Get to Cape Charles VA
Cape Charles is located at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore — which is that little sliver of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
Map of Cape Charles VA
Directions to Cape Charles from Richmond
Cape Charles is a mere two hours from Richmond, VA and is about 120 miles away. Follow I-64 all the way through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (the famous 17 mile stretch of bridges and tunnels that Mission Impossible was filmed on) onto the Eastern Shore and up to the Historic Area of Cape Charles.
Directions to Cape Charles from Virginia Beach
At only about an hour drive from VA Beach, Cape Charles is easy to get to for a day trip or weekend getaway. Take I-95 S and I-64 E to US-13 N/Northampton Blvd in Norfolk. Then take exit 282 from I-64 E and follow US-13 N to Randolph Ave it across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) to downtown Cape Charles.
Directions to Cape Charles from D.C.
Only 3.5 hours away from DC, the quickest way to get to Cape Charles is to take 95N to I-64 all the way to US-13N via the CBBT.
Accommodations & Where to Stay in Cape Charles
Cape Charles is full of adorable little beach houses that you can rent on Air BNB. There’s also the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek Marina which features 4 little villas that you can rent.
Parking in Cape Charles VA
If you’re staying at a beach house rental on Air BNB or at the Marina, you can park there for the week. However, once you start to get around the area to do things like the beach, restaurants and shopping, you’ll likely want to walk, bike, or golf cart it.
What’s the best way of getting around Cape Charles?
Ditch your car at your beach house and take advantage of the walkability of Cape Charles. It’s a close 10-15 minute walk to almost anything in the historic district — the beach, the bookstore, the restaurants, bakeries, and shops.
While walking is the best way to get around, you can also bike, skateboard or cart to your destination.
Is there parking at the Beach at Cape Charles?
In short, yes there is street parking at the end of the historic area on Bay Avenue. We have been early in the morning, afternoon and evening and never had trouble finding a place to park when we had too much beach gear to walk!
Is Cape Charles golf cart-friendly?
Yes! You can call over to one of the local golf cart shops and rent one for the hour, day or week. Drive it on the street in historic downtown, park in parking spaces along Mason Avenue. You’ll see ever color, size and style of golf cart while on your trip.
It’s a very popular mode of transportation!
If you’re heading out of the historic area, i.e. to the local Food Lion, you’ll need to take a car on the main road in and out of the downtown area.
Dining in Cape Charles
Oh the places you’ll eat in Cape Charles! Some of the best locally owned restaurants line the streets and you won’t leave here hungry. Let’s talk about some of our favorites.
- Ambrogia Caffé
- The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery
- The Shanty
- Deadrise Pies
- Tim’s Place
- Kelly’s Gingernut Pub
Desserts & Specialties
What to Do in Cape Charles
We love the beach! It’s situated on the Chesapeake Bay of the Eastern Shore. The water is shallow and still- which is perfect for young kids, getting sun, or floating on a tube.
Plan a beach day by walking down to the water and grabbing a spot in the sun. Parking is along the street. You’ll want to walk down to one of the local shops for chapstick, flip flops and to grab lunch.