Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis: Address, Phone Number, Sandy Point State Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Sandy Point State Park
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA1,891 contributions
Jun 2021
We live in Washington state, opposite end of the country. We did not come for the beach, except to collect sand for a beach sand collection, and to also take tourist photos. If I lived nearby, I might try going further away from home if possible, since this place was pretty crowded. It was a Sunday, so that was probably a contributing factor. The beach section that had the view of the famous lighthouse in the bay was less busy. Maybe not as nice or restricted?
The sand is a coarse reddish grain with a mix of black grains and some shell bits. Easy to walk on. To get to the beach, you have to walk through the grassy area between the parking lot and the beach, which that day was filled with people. Everyone had their own little "piece of paradise," different music competing with each other, barbeque smells wafting through the air, kids running around.
It was mid to late morning, and the parking lot was almost full.
If you have a choice of which day of the week to go here in order to hang out for awhile, I would suggest a weekday if at all possible.
Written 11 October 2021
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نورا
Arlington, VA73 contributions
Aug 2021
-great beach option on this side of the bay bridge
-a state park with beaches, fishing, trails, concessions, and picnic areas.
-first went to the beach directly facing bridge, farthest down but still got busier throughout the day
-point on open bay --> JELLYFISH everywhere, like the rest of the bay
-we did wander the opposite direaction awayh from the bridge and fnd two quieter alcoves right on the treeline
-we were able to swim freely there without jellyfish
Written 25 August 2021
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Fred M
2 contributions
Aug 2021
I was mugged @ the steps to the beach just past the playground area by 4 men who declared themselves to be gangsters and demanded that I give them my expensive cellphone. Not a policeman was in sight and this was right outside of the store building on August 8, on Sunday @ 7 @ 6:45 PM. There were police cars parked outside of their little building however but not a soul on foot patrol, I looked. And people wonder why, we take the law into our own hands sometimes via concealed carry etc. . LOL. NO LAW ENFORECMENT HERE & NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY.
Written 18 August 2021
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jackie s
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
The park is exceptional...clean...clean facilities and easy access! As a white person, definitely a major minority to this atmosphere! Was treated as such in the beach area as people walked across our towels with their Sandy feet and we had to move our small amount of stuff several times as we were pushed out!
Written 15 August 2021
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OMAR B
Rockville, MD1 contribution
Aug 2021
the park is great, i notice a several waste of parking spaces for no motors vessel that nobody park for several days
Written 3 August 2021
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Jul 2021
Why would travelers headed for beaches at Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Ocean City, Md., stop at a beach on Chesapeake Bay? For great views of Chesapeake Bay Bridge, of course! (See my review, "Scariest bridge in America?")

Located at the western end of the towering Bay Bridge, Sandy Point State Park attracts one million visitors a year with its beach, fishing/crabbing, hiking and picnicking. Weekday admission is $4 per person ($5 per person on weekends) -- a hefty price if you have a carload of people. Stopping just for the bridge view is worth it, though, for solo travelers or a couple.

TIPS:

* The main beach area offers fine bridge views, but drive to the northernmost parking lot for the most expansive view of the bridge. At 4.3 miles long, this was the third longest bridge in the world when the eastbound span opened in 1952!

* If you want zoomed-in photos of the bridge, remember to bring a telephoto lens and tripod. It's farther away than it looks!

* For an upscale bridge-view stop, try Hemingway's Restaurant at the bridge's eastern end (see my review, "Reward yourself, bridge travelers!").
Written 17 July 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA3,895 contributions
Jul 2021
We loved this area !! We onl had a few hours to pass through, but we wanted to see where all the locals and tourists hang out to fish, swim, beach, boat, etc. Its such a nice area, wish we would of stayed here for a few days. Excellent beaches to lounge out.
Written 13 July 2021
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Diane M
Richmond, VA3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Decent beach. We were spending a few days in Annapolis. Too hot to walk around so spent a few hours at the beach. Only a 20 minute drive from historic Annapolis. Lots of families picnicking. Concession stand was open. We didn’t use the facilities, so cannot comment on that. Beach was clean. Definitely recommend it as an alternative way to spend an afternoon.
Written 12 July 2021
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Amber G
Inwood, WV191 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This was about 2 hours from home so I thought we'd give it a shot but I wish I hadn't.

This place is just gross.
The parking lot was flooded in some places with trash floating.
The bathroom/changing room/shower facilities smelled very strongly of urine (tried 2 different ones). The toilets were filthy. The sinks were caked in buildup.
The actual water (swimming area) I can't really blame the state park for but it's bay water... and I spent about 10 minutes in it before I got out and refused to get back in. You can see greasy residue floating all around and the water has zero visibility through it. I'd be very interested in what the water quality samples would show because I bet this water is not recommended for swimming in.
The one bright spot was the potential viewing of the light house. However, I asked a police officer for directions to see it and she didn't even know what I was talking about. So, I'm sure its there somewhere and it would have been nice but a sign directing visitors to it would have been helpful.
I wouldn't go back here.
Written 6 July 2021
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Justin W
York, PA4,402 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
This park is mostly a small beach with sand along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. One of the biggest sights is the Bay Bridge, which is right next to the park. The bridge is visible from most of the park. There's areas for picnics. It was to cold but apparently people swim here in warmer weather. There were several people fishing and even rock formations for people to stand on. There's a tiny lighthouse just off the shoreline. I wasn't fond of the $4 fee but it's worth it.
Written 29 May 2021
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