Virginia Beach Beaches

Virginia Beach beaches span almost 40 miles, fringing the Resort Area, Chesapeake Bay, and Sandbridge, each with an individual feel and character. Lively beaches, quiet beaches, and beaches with incredible views and access to scores of things to do are in Virginia Beach. Combine these magnificent areas and beaches and add in the famous VA Beach oceanfront and there is no better place to go for beach vacations filled with everything relaxing, exciting, and adventurous. All area beaches are open to the public and free for all to enjoy without a permit or payment of any kind.

It’s evident thousands of people have Virginia vacations on their minds, especially at the onslaught of summer when the sun is hot and the water is perfect. The oceanfront is highlighted by a three-mile wooden boardwalk surrounded by beautiful gardens and manicured grass—it's no wonder so many pictures of Virginia Beach center on this area. Benches dot the expanse, welcoming visitors to stop and admire the view. Within the Resort Area of Virginia Beach, take in live music at Beach Street USA events, sip a drink at one of the many outdoor cafes, watch amazing street performers, or hit the sand and revel in the backdrop. Exuding the feel of a well-kept local park, the Resort Area is set between the beaches of the North End and Croatan Beach, and near attractions including the VA Farmer’s Market, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and the Virginia Beach Amusement Park.

Beaches in Virginia Beach
Beaches in Virginia Beach

Chesapeake Bay is a cherished local area featuring Virginia Beach beaches, outdoor activities, and water-based fun. Scenic, peaceful, and an ideal alternative to Virginia’s Atlantic side, Chesapeake Bay Beach and its neighbor, First Landing State Park, together create an enviable backdrop filled with activity and relaxation. Chesapeake Bay Beach is the area’s worst kept secret. Once a local haunt, it is now enjoyed by tourists from around the world. The gentle surf is an ideal place to splash and swim with young children. Build sandcastles, play Frisbee, or visit historic Cape Henry Lighthouse. Watch the lights blink in and out of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel as the sun sets and consider dining at one of the local seaside restaurants to complete a perfect day.

Sandbridge ends the list of Virginia Beach beaches with a finale leaving everyone wanting more. Set on the south shores of Virginia Beach, Sandbridge is laced with natural beauty and considered a local hideaway where beautiful vacation rentals, expansive condos, and plenty of spectacular views fill the white-sand shoreline. The Resort Area and VA Beach Oceanfront is only fifteen miles north of Sandbridge, but it feels a million miles away. Sea oats drift in ocean breezes and five miles of sand dunes create a cozy, natural feeling in Sandbridge. Nearby Back Bay National Refuge offers open waters leading into False Cape State Park where hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking will take your mind off everything.

The three distinct beach areas within Virginia Beach have settled into their own unique environments, separated by distance yet united by a large sense of community. And when a beach break comes into play, the choices are endless; visit the Virginia Beach Town Center for upscale shopping and entertainment options, head to a nearby water park for a change of pace, or if you’re lucky, there will be a must-see concert at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

In-copy image: Jason Pratt (flickr)

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