View From The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The view from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is spectacular.  The vista is different almost every time you cross it.  With the sun in different positions, weather that always changing, seasons unfolding, all the while various vessels of different sizes and designs ply the waters below the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

View from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

View from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

With one foot on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the other on the Western Shore of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is the gateway between two worlds.  The Bridge sets foot down onto “The Shore”, as the Eastern Shore is called by locals, at Kent Island.  While you must cross The Narrows, the bridge on the other side of Kent Island, once across you are on the Delmarva Peninsula.  Route 50, the Blue Star Memorial Highway, is the gateway East to the Atlantic Ocean.  Tourists, weekenders, and residents alike head to points along the coast such as Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach.

Annapolis As Seen From The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Annapolis As Seen From The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

On the Western Shore of Maryland the bridge sets down onto the Broadneck Peninsula, part of Annapolis.  Heading West towards Washington DC and Virginia, you cross yet another bridge spanning the waters of the Severn River.

On a Friday night the Eastbound traffic can be quite heavy, lanes filled with commuters headed home from work and weekenders headed to the shore just to “get away from it all”.  And on Sunday afternoon you can get caught Westbound in a snarl when everyone heads back to landlocked locations, high rise apartments and office buildings, and the hustle and bustle of suburbia.

Cruise Ship Departing Sunday Evening As Dusk Falls On Chesapeake Bay

Cruise Ship Departing Sunday Evening As Dusk Falls On Chesapeake Bay

There are almost always watermen to be seen from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge working to catch blue crabs or rake for oysters in the shallows near either shore.  No matter what the temperature is you can often catch sight of a colorful spinnaker of a cruising or racing yacht ghosting along in the light airs.  The same can be said of power boats speeding towards favorite fishing spots on the Bay or other points of interest.  Each Sunday night a cruise ship out of Baltimore with vacationers on board departs for warmer weather and sunny skies found in far away places like Bermuda, the Bahamas or Florida.  On a clear day you can almost see the curve of the earth when you look up or down the Bay.  You can nearly see Thomas Point light in the distance off the most Eastern point of Annapolis.  And, you can always pick out the tallest buildings in downtown Baltimore to the Northwest.

With over 70% of the Earth’s surface covered by water, those of us who live in Annapolis on or near the Chesapeake Bay are located next to one of the areas best waterfront venues to be found in the area.  When crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, one is reminded of just how lucky we are to live so close to such a spectacular location.

About the Author:

Stephen Howell, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Annapolis, MarylandIf you are interested in buying or renting a home in Annapolis, Maryland or the surrounding area and want to tour any property currently on the market, or if you have a home to sell or lease in Annapolis, Maryland and want a professional consultation on current market conditions, please contact me at 443-994-8043 or e-mail me at or visit my website at

Stephen Howell came to Annapolis to sail the Bay in 1994. What he discovered was a whole new lifestyle. Ever since Stephen Howell has been successfully helping others make the most of Annapolis. You'll find that with the right professional by your side, you can Live the Lifestyle and Live in Annapolis.

Stephen Howell and Jackson (his hound-mix from the HSSC in Sarasota Florida) lives on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. He works in the Annapolis real estate market. His website lets people search the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area MLS. Buyers can also search for waterfront homes along the Chesapeake Bay. His website has current real estate data on Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and Maryland.

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