If you are looking for an exciting summer road trip destination, you might want to consider planning a trip to Virginia Beach. An exhilarating coastal city with a vast array of activities and places to explore—there is something available for everyone!
Featuring a 3-mile-long boardwalk along the beach-lined oceanfront, you will find beautiful parks, museums, and restaurants. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can participate in many outdoor activities like parasailing, kayaking, surfing, and even zip-lining from tree to tree!
For beach lovers, Virginia Beach has so much to offer. Here is a list of beaches worth visiting:
As previously mentioned, the Oceanfront Beach, with its 3-mile-long boardwalk, is one of the most popular in the region. Lined with a wide variety of restaurants, a thriving nightlife, live entertainment, year-round events, and shopping, you’re sure to be entertained. You can even take a stroll along the boardwalk and take a selfie with King Neptune, learn to surf or skim-board down the shore, build a sandcastle on Grommet Island, or ride a beach cruiser to your favourite ice cream store. This is the beach to visit for a day of sun, fun, and excitement!
THE NORTH END
The North End, as the locals call it, is located in the northernmost portion of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and offers a more isolated beach experience, away from the hustle and bustle of Atlantic Avenue. This beach is tucked away in a lovely residential area and is also a terrific spot for strolling and bicycling, only a few feet away from the Atlantic Ocean.
At Virginia Beach's southernmost edge, you'll find this hidden beach getaway with beautiful dunes and sea oats. Sandbridge Beach is near the marshes and open seas of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park, providing enough possibilities to experience Virginia Beach's great outdoors. Sandbridge is an excellent option to enjoy a quieter experience, as long as you avoid going on a Saturday afternoon!
Croatan Beach is the go-to site for people searching for a calmer beach experience – and a popular go-to spot for local surfers. It is located just south of the Virginia Beach coastline and the Rudee Inlet. The beach, which stretches over a residential neighbourhood, offers dedicated surfing zones, lifeguards on duty, and lots of places to relax and enjoy the views.
CHESAPEAKE BAY BEACH
From the Lynnhaven Inlet to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay has two miles of beaches to enjoy. Swimming, paddle boarding, and kiteboarding are all popular activities in the bay's calmer waters. It's also a local favourite because of its closeness to some of the area's most popular seafood restaurants and pubs.
GROMMET ISLAND PARK
Grommet Island Park, located on the south end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, offers everyone an accessible beach experience. The 15,000-square-foot park is home to a playground, sensory board, and elevated sand tables, all with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
LITTLE ISLAND PARK
Little Island Park’s 2,000-foot shorefront, located within Sandbridge Beach, is an exquisite setting for a full day in the sun, replete with picnic shelters with grills, sports fields, and more. The seaside park's famous 400-foot fishing pier offers spectacular vistas.
There's no better time to visit our coastal community at Virginia Beach than now when the weather is pleasant and the local vibe is thriving. With miles of beaches and outdoor activities, there is something for everyone, of all ages and of all interests. The invitation (and beach) is open!