Thrillist: 6 Beautiful Beaches Near DC to Visit This Summer

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In a recent article, Thrillist included Town of Colonial Beach in its list of the Best Beaches Near Washington, DC, where travelers could spend their summer on the sand and in the water–at a socially safe distance.


Explore These Beaches For a Day Trip Near DC

Colonial Beach

Located within a 90-minute drive of DC, Colonial Beach boasts Virginia’s second-largest beachfront. Visitors can enjoy swimming and fishing at the beaches or break out the boat and kayak. Explore the area’s many historical attractions by golf cart, which can be rented and legally driven around the town.

Visit the area’s food and retail establishments, keeping in mind that Virginia requires that patrons wear face masks inside. Start your day with a cappuccino and cinnamon roll at the woman-owned Colonial Buzz Espresso Bar, which features a take-out window and outdoor seating at its new location. Grab lunch at the unassuming Denson’s Grocery, a mom-and-pop deli known for its oysters, ice cream, and sandwiches that is offering carryout only on weekends. Then spend the day sampling one of Virginia’s largest wineries, Ingleside Vineyards, open daily with courtyard seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

While many restaurants offer carryout only, two options for outdoor waterfront dining include Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar and High Tides on the Potomac & the Black Pearl Tiki Bar.