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Suggestions for a week in the lower bay

Looking for places to explore for about a week in August. Most of my experience in the bay has been in the mid and upper areas. Any places like Onancock or Crisfield, etc.? A mixture of places to anchor and places to tie up for the night.

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onancock is great, even a stop at Deltaville, VA is nice. Tangier Island is worth a stop at Park's..plenty of places to anchor along the way. Mind the channel traffic as you cross the bay, it gets busy down this way every now and then.
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You can't go wrong with Deltaville or Salomon Island.
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Cape Charles. Go to Aqua for dinner. Excellent food and real sunset
Pizza joint in town great for lunch.
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Was in Cape Charles about 11 years ago. Rode out a helluva storm there. We had just come across the bay from the Tall Ship gathering in Norfolk. Heard some of the ships bumped around and some rec. boats got beat up pretty bad from the same storm.
Heard they have a nice marina there now. I'll put it onthis list. Thanks!
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Make sure you get to the marina at High tide, can't remember their name, look it up online they have directions on how to get in.
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Portsmouth and Norfolk where month long stops for us. Very enjoyable area
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Looking for places to explore for about a week in August. Most of my experience in the bay has been in the mid and upper areas. Any places like Onancock or Crisfield, etc.? A mixture of places to anchor and places to tie up for the night.

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Where ya' startin' from?

If you're starting from Mid-Bay with 9 days to explore here are a few suggestions to consider down south

Solomon's - I like Spring Cove Marina but there are many other choices or you can anchor out.

Smith Creek off the Potomac - Point Lookout Marina or several places to anchor.

St Mary's. A bit of ways off the bay but a nice place to visit. Great Anchorage.

Great Wicomico - anchorage behind Sandy Point is fantastic.

Dividing Creek - Prentice Creek or Lawrence Cove

Indian Creek

Dymer Creek

Little Bay / Antipoison Creek

Broad Creek - Deltaville. I was based out of Stingray Harbor for years but as a transient I'd probably choose Doziers for quick Bay access and nice accomodations.

Up the Rappahannock - Carter's Creek - Yopp's Cove - The first place I ever spent a night on the hook. There is a marina and several other coves where you could anchor.

Corrotoman River - East and West Branches. We liked the west branch below Merry Point Ferry.

Urbanna - Anchor or pick a marina and try one of the trendy restaraunts in town.

Piankatank River - Jackson Creek, Anchor or Deltaville Boat Yard or go on past Stove Point and anchor in Fishing Bay which is one of those must see anchorages.

Mobjack Bay - I've only tried East River and its a nice anchorage, but there are 3 others to choose from.

York River Yacht Haven is a great marina with a nice restaraunt on premises if you want to go that far south.

Cape Charles is a place still on my list to be visited, but the new marina down there got raves from folks I know tha have been there.

Onancock -- Its a long way up the creek to the town but its a stop I'd encourage you make sure to hit.

Tangier Island - Parks Marina. Tangier is something of a conumdrum for me. It's definitely a place to see, but its a hardscrabble settlement at its core and it takes only about an hour to see all there is to see. Hilda Crocketts is a dining experience. A lot of folks love it but I think the food is mediocre at best.

Crisfield - Smilar to Onancock in a lot of ways, but less interesting in my humble opinon.

Obviously many more places than you can see in a week long cruise but a good list of places you can consider ducking into as your voyage allows.
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Whenever I see responses to the question "what should I see on the Chesapeake?" I always think it might be a much shorter and easier list if one asks "what should I avoid?"

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