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Discover why “Virginia is for Lovers” in Cape Charles

Fall in love with the charm of Cape Charles, recapturing its 19th-century glory days when the railroad gave birth to this beautiful destination. Located on the shores of Chesapeake Bay in Eastern Virginia, soak up the sun on the mile-long beach or set sail on the water. Return for a bayside meal or drop in to the many unique stores in the Downtown district. Featuring a wide range of activities, family fun abounds and golf lovers will not be disappointed with the 2 nationally-ranked courses. Cape Charles vacation rentals feature historic homes and private beach hideaways.

Things to do

Experience historic Cape Charles

Visit the family-friendly Cape Charles Museum for a look back in time at its railroad past. Docents are on hand to answer any questions about this and other historic venues. Pick up information about area attractions or extend the family fun with a picnic. Take a trail ride to admire Cape Charles on horseback or enjoy a show at the Art Deco Historic Palace Theater, spotlighting local, regional, and national talent. If relaxing and unwinding is at the top of your list, drop in at the day spa or simply find that perfect spot to enjoy a fabulous view.


Cape Charles is more than a bayside beauty

Fun in the sun and water is not the only activity that will keep you smiling in the Cape Charles vacation rentals. Swim, windsurf, and sail to your heart’s content, or take a guided horseback ride. Satisfy your curiosity about local history, or just relax and unwind. Enjoy some bay-side dining at a Viennese-inspired coffee house, Irish pub, or old-fashioned soda fountain. Practice your swing on the 2 signature golf courses, designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The local theater in Cape Charles also features an eclectic array of entertainment for an additional dose of family-friendly excitement.


Perfect weather almost all year round in Cape Charles

Boasting average temperatures just shy of 50°F all year round, April and May enjoy the mid-50s and 60s while October and November barely top the low 50s and 60s. Cape Charles is sunny in any season. Light, occasional showers are refreshing and bay breezes keep it pleasant in warmer months, making Cape Charles vacation rentals desirable accommodation choices at any time of the year. Sultry in the summer and mild in winter, the spring and fall months perhaps offer the most pleasant temperatures in Cape Charles.

Natural features

A nature-lovers’ haven in Cape Charles

The Natural Wildlife Refuge provides numerous trails that take visitors through several natural communities and habitats. Its home to monarch butterflies, migratory songbirds and raptors, marsh and water birds, as well as 34 mammal species. Check out the scenes at the Visitor Center’s viewing window and visit any of the 3 pollinator/native plant gardens. The Annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival that takes place in the first weekend of October, and the Annual International Migratory Bird Day, in May, are just some of the popular events.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Cape Charles

Fly into Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.), the closest airport, located 26.5 mi (42.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Newport News, VA (PHF-Newport News - Williamsburg Intl.), which is 29.8 mi (48 km) away.

Where to stay around Cape Charles?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 190 vacation rentals near Cape Charles. From 133 Houses to 19 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cape Charles for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cape Charles?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cape Charles:

  • Sea Cottage Addition: 101 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Virginia Beach: 668 vacation rentals
  • Buckroe Beach: 22 vacation rentals
  • Chic's Beach: 24 vacation rentals
  • Willoughby Spit: 133 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cape Charles?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cape Charles. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cape Charles Beach: 202 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge: 476 vacation rentals
  • Bay Creek Golf Club: 203 vacation rentals
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center: 594 vacation rentals
  • First Landing State Park: 1,517 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cape Charles listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cape Charles?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 133 Houses in Cape Charles. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cape Charles include:

  • Cabins: 19 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 29 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cape Charles?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 56 vacation rentals with pool available in Cape Charles. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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