Welcome to Eastern Shore
The Eastern Shore occupies more than half of the Delmarva
Peninsula that is shared between Maryland, Delaware and Virginia,
protecting the towns along Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic
Although linked to the 'mainland' by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge,
life is much slower and sleepier on this side of the bay. Miles of
country lanes and Chesapeake waterways await discovery, while old
wooden farmhouses and wheat fields, waterfront towns and fishing
craft, lonely wind-rustled marshes, and the sound of birds give the
peninsula its charming character.
On the Atlantic Coast, the summer-swollen resort of Ocean City
with its lovely beaches, amusement arcades and busy fast-food
stands is the most visited spot on the East Shore. In contrast, the
quaint old towns of Oxford, the colonial college town of
Chestertown, and St Michaels are waterfront communities that sport
old-fashioned family-owned stores and are the essence of life along
Chesapeake Bay. Crisfield and Smith Island are classic old-world
villages in the south and home to huge amounts of soft-shelled blue
crabs that are the delicious speciality of Maryland. Easton is the
unofficial capital of the Eastern Shore and is the largest town
with a picturesque downtown district of historical colonial
The farmlands invite exploration by bicycle along miles of quiet
back roads, or explore the inlets and rivers by boat, stopping
along the way to sample the fish, oysters and crabs found here
throughout the year.
Information & Facts
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.