The Chesapeake Bay is a spectacular North American cruising ground that was shaped by a big bang 35 million years ago when a comet or asteroid slammed into what is now the lower tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. That impact left a crater 55 miles wide that became a convenient depression for rivers to flow into as the glaciers of the last Ice Age melted some 10,000 years ago. The Algonquian word Chesepiooc, meaning “at a big river” became the source of the name for the estuary now called the Chesapeake.
The Chesapeake Bay spans more than 64,000 square miles and is home to 150 major rivers and streams. A true boater’s playground, you will find everything you need. From live music and great tiki bars, to cruising with the kiddos, there’s no shortage of fantastic Chesapeake Bay marinas and fun activities here. Below please find a sample itinerary, complete with marina information, deals and discounts.