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Virginia is known for historic sites and cultural centers galore, but if you’re looking for a sunny escape on the Atlantic coast, look no further than Virginia’s beaches. The beaches of Virginia range from scenic strips of sand on the Atlantic Ocean, to multi-acre beachfronts against the Chesapeake Bay, to even some stunning parks along the Potomac River.
Visiting the Virginia Beach area? You have plenty of beaches from which to choose. The area is broken down three sections: the resort area, Chesapeake Bay, and Sandbridge. Look forward to some sunbathing, swimming, and sand castles on Cape Charles Beach and Sandbridge Beach in Virginia Beach, plus Lynnhaven Beach and Ocean View Beach in Norfolk. Then cross over the Hampton Roads for a day at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, a historic spot on the bay south of Newport News and Williamsburg.
If you’re not heading toward Virginia Beach this vacation season, think Chincoteague Island or even the Potomac River. Explore the many beachfronts, festivities, and quaint attractions of Chincoteague Island, or enjoy fishing, boating and hiking at Westmoreland State Park – east of Fredericksburg.
Find a beach in eastern Virginia, and you’ll also find a nearby Best Western hotel.
Hampton’s favorite expanse of sand is Buckroe Beach, which is strung along the east side of town.
There’s something here for everyone! Grab your pole and strike out on the Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier, which juts 800 feet into Chesapeake Bay. Just to the north, Buckroe Beach and Park has ample parking, picnic shelters, huge expanses of grassy lawn perfect for flying a kite or tossing a disc, and a wide expanse of white sand just begging you to stretch a towel out on. The beach itself is nearly 2 miles long!
Just inland is where you can find plenty of spots to gather supplies for a day in the sand or to grab a drink and a meal after a day on the water.
Beautiful Cape Charles offers secluded sand near the south end of the Delmarva Peninsula.
This tiny historic town features a gorgeous central park with a traditional bandstand and an all-American downtown where you can stroll in and out of stores selling ice cream, hardware, gourmet foods, and upscale dishes.
Just a few blocks away the Cape Charles waterfront boasts a long pier jutting into Chesapeake Bay and a half-mile of warm white sand you just might have all to yourself. This spot has been called a hidden gem and is great for kids, anglers, beachcombers, and anyone whose idea of a beach vacation includes a lot of relaxation.
Fishing, Boating, & Family Fun on the Chesapeake Bay
Yet another family-friendly beach in Virginia, the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility is located near the neighboring the Lynnhaven Inlet, and the vast Chesapeake Bay. Found along Shore Drive, Lynnhaven Beach serves the residents of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Exmore – and any visitor to the Virginia Beach and Norfolk region of the Old Dominion coast.
Lynnhaven Beach is the place for those traveling with a boat hitched up to the family ride, or a fisherman looking to snag some specimens of Chesapeake Bay. Lynnhaven offers four concrete boat launch lanes, plus amenities such as rinse areas, vending areas, and a scenic walkway beneath the Lesner Bridge.
Lynnhaven Beach is set between the Bayville Golf Course, and First Landing State Park – so visitors know what to do before or after their time at Lynnhaven. No matter how you spend your time Neptune City, just make sure you cap off your day with a stay at a Best Western hotel in Virginia Beach.
South of Virginia Beach, Sandbridge Beach is a long expanse of sandy beach which makes the perfect spot for a day at the ocean. Here’s you’ll find pristine dunes and dancing sea oats plus relaxation by the bucketful.
Both swimmers and surfers are catered to here – each has their own expanse of water for frolicking. Off the water in the village you can find a number of great restaurants as well as tennis courts, boat ramps, and tackle stores. South of Sandbridge is Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge – it’s a stopover spot for snow geese, a large variety of ducks, and numerous species of waterfowl. Also, nearby is False Cape State Park, which is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast.
Looking for a slice of sand, a place for the kids to play, and a spot to dance under the stars? You will want to check out Ocean View Beach.
Located in the Ocean View neighborhood, Ocean View Beach Park boasts great access and good parking. In all, Norfolk has 7.3 miles of free, accessible, and beautiful shoreline to discover. Slip into the gentle waters, let the kids frolic, launch a kayak, or build a castle.
When you are ready to take a break, Ocean View has broad expanses of grassy lawn, a covered picnic shelter, and paved pathways great for biking and jogging. Free parking is available off West Ocean View Avenue just east of 1st View Street.