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Cape-Charles is located in Northampton County at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay on Virginia's eastern shore. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,134. It was founded in 1884 as a planned community for the railroad and ferry. For many years, Cape Charles was the terminal for passenger and car ferry service across the bay to Norfolk and Hampton. The last ferry left Cape Charles in 1953, but it still serves as a terminal for railway barges that carry rail cars across the mouth of the bay to Norfolk. The town of Cape Charles is home to several restaurants and shops, a museum, bed and breakfasts and summer rentals. There's a public beach, harbor and marinas, golf and sport fishing. Points of interest include the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park. The Bay Creek Railroad offers excursions on a restored 1913 Interurban Dining Car. The dining excursion lasts about two hours and a "fun run" lasts about an hour. Cape Charles also has one of the largest concentrations of late Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast. The town has been designated a Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cape Charles-Northampton Chamber of Commerce sponsors a series of Applaud the Sun Harbor Parties from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on the first Saturday of each month, June through September.

Surrounding areas: Arlington, Virginia (2.9 mi), Chesapeake, Virginia (4.4 mi), Mathews, Virginia (20.5 mi), Exmore, Virginia (21.0 mi), Quinby, Virginia (25.0 mi), Yorktown, Virginia (27.4 mi), Norfolk, Virginia (29.7 mi)

Cape Charles Vacation Rentals

Cape Charles Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Eastern Shore2543 Lakeford Hwy PO 1327Exmore, VA21.0 mi.(757) 442-7378
Travelodge1781 N King StHampton, VA23.1 mi.(757) 723-0741
Arrow Inn7 Semple Farm RdHampton, VA24.1 mi.(804) 865-0300
Radisson Hotel Hampton700 Settlers Landing RdHampton, VA24.8 mi.(757) 727-9700
Travelodge Bay Beach2968 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA24.8 mi.(757) 481-7992
Super 8 Motel - Hampton1330 Thomas StHampton, VA24.9 mi.(804) 723-2888
Ramada Limited719 E Ocean View AveNorfolk, VA25.4 mi.(757) 583-5211
Best Western Holiday Sands Inn & Suites1330 E Ocean View AveNorfolk, VA25.5 mi.(757) 583-2621
Candlewood Suites401 Butler Farm RdHampton, VA25.8 mi.(757) 766-8976
Clarion Hotel1809 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 838-5011
Comfort Inn Hampton1916 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 827-5052
Country Inn & Suites1551 Hardy Cash DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 224-9994
Courtyard By Marriott1917 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(804) 838-3300
Days Inn1918 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(804) 826-4810
Embassy Suites At Hampton Roads Convention Center1700 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 827-8200
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Hampton1905 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 827-7400
Holiday Inn Hampton Hotel & Conference CTR1815 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 838-0200
Quality Inn1813 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 838-8484
Ramada Inn1906 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(757) 827-7400
Red Roof Inn Hampton #1081925 Coliseum DrHampton, VA25.9 mi.(804) 838-1870
Days Inn Marina1631 Bayville StNorfolk, VA25.9 mi.(757) 583-4521
Days Inn7950 Shore DrNorfolk, VA25.9 mi.(757) 587-8781
Rodeway Inn7969 Shore DrNorfolk, VA25.9 mi.(757) 588-3600
Super 8 Motel7940 Shore DrNorfolk, VA25.9 mi.(757) 588-7888
Days Inn4531 George Washington Memorial HwyYorktown, VA25.9 mi.(757) 238-1111
Extended Stay America1915 Commerce DrHampton, VA26.0 mi.(757) 896-3600
Suburban Lodge1616 Hardy Cash DrHampton, VA26.0 mi.(757) 951-2000
Comfort Inn Little Creek5189 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA26.1 mi.(757) 460-5566
Howard Johnson Lodge5173 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA26.1 mi.(757) 460-1151
Best Western Inn of Hampton2000 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA26.4 mi.(757) 825-3398
La Quinta Inn2138 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA26.5 mi.(757) 827-8680
Savannah Suites2134 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA26.5 mi.(757) 951-1050
Tidewater MotelGloucester Point, VA26.6 mi.(804) 642-2155
Ramada Plaza Resort Oceanfront5700 Atlantic AveVirginia Beach, VA26.6 mi.(757) 428-7025
Courtyard By Marriott105 Cybernetics WayYorktown, VA26.9 mi.(757) 874-9000
Towneplace Suites By Marriott200 Cybernetics WayYorktown, VA26.9 mi.(757) 874-8884
Country Inn & Suites1069 J Clyde MorrisNewport News, VA27.1 mi.(757) 327-0722
Econo Lodge - Coliseum2708 W Mercury BlvdHampton, VA27.2 mi.(737) 826-8970
Hilton Garden Newport News180 Regal WayNewport News, VA27.3 mi.(757) 947-1080
Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites943 J Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA27.3 mi.(757) 596-6417
Bed & Breakfast
Barclay Cottage Bed And Breakfast400 16th StVirginia Beach, VA29.3 mi.(757) 422-1956

Cape Charles Weather & Climate

Northeast Virginia's climate is classified as mild, mid-latitude, with a subcategory of humid subtropical. Northeast Virginia generally has mild winters with no dry season and hot summers. Hurricanes make the coastal areas of Virginia vulnerable, but it's rare for a major hurricane to threaten the Virginia coast as hurricanes that far north tend to weaken due to cooler coast waters and increasingly westerly winds. Heavy rain from tropical cyclones are possible, however. Thunderstorms are an occasional concern with the state averaging anywhere from 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity annually, but the highest area of occurrence is towards the west.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 26°F 4.16 in. 36°F
February 49°F 27°F 3.48 in. 39°F
March 57°F 34°F 4.76 in. 46°F
April 65°F 42°F 3.10 in. 53°F
May 73°F 53°F 3.92 in. 63°F
June 81°F 62°F 3.65 in. 70°F
July 86°F 67°F 4.12 in. 77°F
August 84°F 66°F 3.90 in. 78°F
September 79°F 59°F 4.00 in. 75°F
October 69°F 47°F 3.51 in. 63°F
November 60°F 37°F 3.19 in. 54°F
December 51°F 30°F 3.57 in. 44°F

Cape Charles Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located about 27 miles southwest of Cape Charles in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located approximately 27 miles west of Cape Charles in Newport News, Virginia, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located roughly 44 miles southwest of Cape Charles in Norfolk, Virginia, and finally the Richmond International airport (RIC) located around 73 miles west of Cape Charles in Richmond, Virginia.

Cape Charles Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA28.7 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA38.1 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD78.5 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA89.4 mi.
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD89.6 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD89.6 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD89.6 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD89.6 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA28.7 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA38.1 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD102.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Golf Club at Bay CreekCape CharlesVA 
Northampton Country ClubCape CharlesVA 
Cahoon PlantationChesapeakeVA4.2 mi.
Chesapeake Golf ClubChesapeakeVA4.2 mi.
Hamptons Golf CourseHamptonVA24.8 mi.
Woodlands Golf CourseHamptonVA24.8 mi.
Lake Wright Golf CourseNorfolkVA28.6 mi.
Gloucester Country ClubGloucesterVA29.5 mi.
Ocean View Municipal Golf CourseNorfolkVA29.7 mi.
State Parks
First Landing State ParkVA25.4 mi. 
York River State ParkVA39.3 mi. 
Chippokes Plantation State ParkVA40.0 mi. 
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA30.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA30.3 mi.(Art)
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA32.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA32.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA32.7 mi.(History)
Muscarelle Museum of ArtWilliamsburgVA38.1 mi.(Art)
Oyster & Maritime MuseumChincoteagueVA57.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA32.7 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD78.8 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC95.8 mi.

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