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A Guide to the Best Virginia Beaches

Virginia Beach is probably one of the most popular beach vacation spots in the United States. But did you know that there are other beaches in Virginia?

Virginia has many amazing beaches along the east coast as well as some public beaches inland.

So if you’re looking to get some sunshine this coming summer, check out some of these Virginia beaches.

Best beaches in Virginia

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach’s manicured beaches are free. Lifeguards are on duty from mid-May to mid-September. Vendors scattered by the seaside are making the good life by renting umbrellas, boogie boards, and armchairs with backrests. Virginia Beach attractions include the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

Most visitors to the city are drawn to the 3 mile long boardwalk by the seawhere numerous hotels and restaurants overlook the beach. Many free, family-oriented events take place every weekend from late spring to early fall, such as the North American Sand Soccer Championships, the Boardwalk Art Show & Festival Weekend and Sandstock: A Blast from the Past.

Visitors can rent bicycles, tandems, and rollerblades, or bring their own. For more biking and hiking trails, head to First Landing State Park, which winds through the wetlands and along Broad Bay.

Some secluded beaches in the area are the North End and Sandbridge to the southwhere large houses by the sea are owned by owners and rented out weekly. Holiday homes and rentals. The 800 acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is home to an amazing collection of animals. Five miles beyond the refuge is False Ce State Park, a secluded oasis on the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can hop on a tram at Little Island Park in Sandbridge and ride into the park, which is open from Memorial Day through October.

Other Virginia Beach attractions include Mount Trashmore Park, Ce Henry Lighthouses, and the Old Coast Guard Station.

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Virginia’s east coast

Virginia’s east coast, home to three notable Virginia beaches, is connected to the mainland by the Cheseake Bay Bridge tunnel, which is 17 miles long, which winds between the Atlantic Ocean and Cheseake Bay.

Kiptopeke State Park in Chesekae Bay is a great place to spot migratory birds and enjoy the Eastern Shore Birding Festival every October. Ce Charles Beach, with its shallow water and no waves, is ideal for young children. Ce Charles is the southernmost town on the east coast and offers public access to the beach via two wooden walks at the end of Tazewell and Randolph Avenues, as well as the town’s Fun Pier, which also has a boardwalk. The pavilion and several park benches are built on the paved sidewalk.

The most famous attractions of the peninsula are the sister islands Assateague and Chincoteague. A short dam connects the two islands. While Chincoteague doesn’t have a beach, the town and island offer charming B & Bs, restaurants, shops, bike rentals, craft galleries, and unique museums. Admission to the Assateague is free for those arriving by bike or on foot. In addition to the extensive beaches, which can be reached from the four parking lots via wooden walkways, Assateague operates two visitor centers and kilometers of hiking trails.

Keep an eye out for its most famous residents – the wild collieries made world famous in Misty of Chincoteague, a 1947 book by Marguerite Henry.

Relatives read: A Guide to the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail


Just 15 miles west of Virginia Beach is Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach, which stretches continuously along 8 miles of Cheseake Bay. Norfolk’s four city beaches are wide with soft surf, summer lifeguards, picnic pavilions and free parking. Visitors can rent sailboats, jet skis, paddle boats, and kayaks. Town Point Park in Norfolk overlooks the harbor and is the venue for numerous events such as: B. the Harborfest every June.

There are numerous museums in Norfolk, including Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Norfolk Beach in VirginiaNorfolk Beach in Virginia


Hampton has 12 deep water marinas plus Buckroe Beach which is special popular with windsurfers. Chair and parasols can be rented on site. Hampton attractions include the Virginia Air & Space Center, Cousteau Society, Hampton University, and Freedom’s Fort, named by slaves during the Civil War.

Virginia’s River Beaches: tributaries of the Cheseake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

Fishermen appreciate the undiscovered gems along the coast of Virginia’s tributaries to Cheseake Bay and the Atlantic, like freshwater and saltwater fish in the same river!

Chippokes Plantation State Park has 2 miles of beach along the James River for fishing. Park amenities also include a swimming pool, picnic areas, cabins, and campsites. In the northern neck, which stretches between the Rpahannock and Potomac rivers, five small public beaches run along the Potomac, including the beach at Westmoreland State Park and Colonial Beach, the northernmost beach and site of the birthplace of George Washington.

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