Chesapeake Bay Beach

Chesapeake Bay Beach (called Chicks Beach by locals) is located inside beautiful First Landing State Park only a fifteen-minute drive from the lively atmosphere along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. In the park, there is public access to the Chesapeake Bay coastline, where the surf is calm and gentle, the beaches remain mostly uncrowded, and within the park, adventure is always around the corner. The beachfront at Chesapeake Bay Beach is scenic and highlighted by soft white sand. Near the wide shore, the water is fairly shallow most of the year and has small waves ideal for children.

Four distinct boardwalks offer visitors beach access to Chesapeake Bay Beach and the many things to do along the shore. These boardwalks provide route over large sand dunes otherwise impassable due to their instability. If parking at the main parking lot, there is a boardwalk adjacent to it while the others are located around the park campgrounds. Chesapeake Bay Beach boardwalks each have an outdoor shower and restrooms within a few steps at either the campgrounds or the Chesapeake Bay Center. Visitors can swim, beach-comb, watch boats in the bay, sunbathe, or head off on some of the hiking trails near the beach.

The mile-long beach, known mainly as a local haunt (mostly because tourists don’t know it exists) has soft sand, a gentle surf, and is busiest on the weekends. It can be reached via Pleasure House Road. Parking is available in a local lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a small fee by following Fentress Avenue to the end. Within the neighborhood and walking distance from Chicks Beach there are several restaurants and a small market. There are several places for dining along the waterfront, some of which offer evening entertainment.

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