BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — There’s a new push to promote several of Maryland’s lesser-known beaches.  Many of them are just a 30-minute drive away.

Weijia Jiang reports from the Baltimore County waterfront.

Miami Beach is just one of five beaches in Baltimore County.  The county executive says many people have no idea this is in their backyard, but he’s ready to change that.

Wednesday was the perfect day for the beach, but this beach has nothing to do with the Bay Bridge or the boardwalk.  It’s all about Baltimore County.

“I think this is better,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  “Baltimore County beaches are better.  Take a beach break, 30 minutes or less!”

Leaders kicked off a new campaign to promote the five beaches in Baltimore County.  They are county-run Miami Beach Park, Oregon Ridge Beach and Rocky Point Beach.  The state runs Gunpowder Falls and North Point State Park.

It’s not just grown-ups who had fun in the sun Wednesday.

“There’s a playground so if you’re in the water and you don’t feel like playing in it, you can just walk over,” said Chase Elementary third-grader Sarah Hiebler.

Kamenetz hopes locals who don’t know about the beaches will visit soon.  Others, like Fred Hylla, have been enjoying them for a lifetime.

“It’s part of the treasures of the bay.  Living here, you grab the moment, seize the moment, enjoy it,” Hylla said.

Hylla’s moment is pretty intense.  He comes to kitesurf.  For those who don’t seek such thrills, plenty of relaxing options await.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, kids ages 11 and younger can come to Baltimore County beaches for free.

The Beach Break campaign also highlights Baltimore County waterfront golfing, kayaking and dining.

Comments (3)
  1. Mikhael says:

    With everyone complaining about the economy and about gas prices it amazes me how many people STILL drive every weekend to Eastern Shore beaches. I live in the Denton area off of 404 on the Eastern Shore and I can tell you that weekend beach traffic has NOT been deduced over the past few years.. Please oh Please use Western Shore beaches.. I am so tired of beach traffic and people who are angry sitting in the beach traffic and taking way to many risk to get around people and even crossing double solid lines to do it. I can also tell you business owners around here do not see a dime from all the beach traffic. People have one thing on their minds and that is to get from Point A (Western Shore) to Point B (Ocean Beaches) without stops inbetween, so we locals do not like all the beach traffic. In my youth I use to live in Eastern Baltimore County and I can tell you that the beaches there are nice and not so crowded and you don’t have to sit in traffic to get to it or spent so much on gas to get to it.

    1. Brad says:

      Oh stop. In the grand scheme of things, gas is not that expensive. Pipe down.

  2. Donna says:

    Miami Beach is closed to the public. Perhaps Kevin Kaminetz should get his facts straight as should WJZ

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