Sailing and Watersports in Annapolis 2017-05-05T12:21:51-04:00

Sailboats in the Annapolis harbor

See Annapolis by Water

Annapolis has a storied maritime history dating back to before the War for Independence. Its status as a port center of trade helped the town to become a political, strategic and economic power during the colonial era, but its beauty and diversity of sea life and leisure opportunities has allowed it to maintain the past and stay relevant into the future. Annapolis is, by its nature, a seafaring town providing visitors opportunities almost beyond measure.

Marinas near Annapolis

In addition to being the site of the storied Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis is a marina-rich town with several places for long and short-term berthing.

The Annapolis City Marina boasts what it calls the “liveliness of downtown Annapolis and the quiet tranquility of Eastport.” While the Port Annapolis Marina “offers quick, bridge-free access for boaters to the Chesapeake.” Choosing a marina is critical to boaters, and Annapolis has plenty of choices at all levels of the sport.

Boat Launches near Annapolis

Since the entire region always has been centered around water travel, there are public and private launches for pleasure boaters, day cruisers and fisherman all over the region. Weather you want to launch your own boat, charter a day trip or participate in one of the many aquatic tours of the area, Annapolis provides extensive access to the Bay and rivers beyond.

Stay on the Chesapeake Bay

Although the downtown Annapolis hotels are only a short walk from the marina and the Bay beyond, there are plenty of beds and breakfasts even nearer the Bay with water views and quick access. Also, of course, there is the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel with all the amenities that place entails.