Some of the beaches in Maryland are North Beach and the beaches at the Ocean City and the Assateague Island National Seashore. Ocean City and the Assateague Island both offer beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, while the North Beach is located on the western end of Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County.
Ocean City offers the largest free public-access beaches in Maryland. The 10-mile strip of land draws millions of visitors each year. The beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. all year round and provide public facilities, such as restrooms, rinse-off stations, parking lots and recreational facilities. The famous 2.5-mile boardwalk on the southern part of the beach houses restaurants, shops and a small amusement park. Swimming, fishing, surfing and playing with pets are allowed at the beaches, with certain limitations and regulations.
The beaches at Assateague Island National Seashore are famous for the herd of wild horses, white sand beaches, salt marshes and maritime forests. Assateague Island is a barrier island that is also a state and national park. Aside from watersport activities, visitors can also explore the secluded coves by renting a canoe or a kayak. The island is home to about 300 species of birds as well as deer, waterfowl and wild horses.
Visitors all over the country go to North Beach for its small-town feel and accessibility. It is a public beach, though tourists have to get a pass at the welcome center. An additional pass is needed for visitors who want to fish. The beach often holds community events, such as movies and performances.