Assateague Island National Seashore
"Assateague Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East Coast residents. Sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach. This is considered one of best beaches on the entire East Coast.
Search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands. You can enjoy swimming in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic coastline here or just relax on Assateague's vast unspoiled beaches. The Assateague Lighthouse is on the way to the beach and it is one of the most famous in the nation. You will find nearby amenities at Chincoteague Island and Ocean City such as seafood restaurants and lodging in the form of hotels, cottages, beach houses, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts. Visitor attractions and a relaxing atmosphere make Assateague Island a great destination." (From their website)
Buckroe Beach and Park
"Love the beach, but not the traffic and hassle of going through the tunnel to get there? Discover Buckroe Beach! Our incredible ¾-mile beach offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean as you look across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Sink your toes into our clean sandy beach, enjoy our sparkling water and gentle surf, and watch ocean-going ships coming into port. The season kicks off on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. The beach is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with lifeguards on staff during those hours. A playground and picnic shelters for families & groups are available separate from the beach.
For recreation on the water, Hampton Watersports rents jet skis, kayaks & paddleboards on the beach and now offers scheduled jet ski tours of historic sites and local sea life. Reserve water equipment or book a tour. They also offer hot food to go, cold beverages, ice cream, snacks and bags of ice. Picnic tables are available for customers." (From their website)
Cape Charles Beach
"The Cape Charles Town Beach is located along Bay Avenue with beach access at the end of every block. The Cape Charles Town Beach is the only public beach on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that does not require an entrance or parking fee. Residents and visitors of the Town use the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and similar recreational pursuits.
Located at the ends of Tazewell and Randolph Avenues are two wooden beach access points with view platforms and benches for people to enjoy views of the Chesapeake Bay and our spectacular sunsets. A large pavilion and park benches are located on the sidewalk that runs parallel to the beach. Public restroom facilities are provided at the southern end of the beach by the entrance to the fishing pier." (From their website)
"Welcome to Colonial Beach……spectacularly located on the Potomac River. Colonial Beach is your vacation destination for fun in the sun and water recreation activities while enjoying our small town atmosphere.
Come by car or by boat and enjoy
- Strolling our one-half mile boardwalk featuring outdoor dining, specialty shopping and hospitality venues
- Boating, biking, fishing and sunning
- Piloting a golf cart throughout town
- The sights and sounds of everyday life on the Potomac River, including dozens of osprey nesting sites, the church bells ringing celebrating the hour and the clang of boats secured safely to weathered posts
Stay for a while and enjoy
- Eclectic architecture on the beachfront
- The hospitality of one of our many comfortable rental cottages or one of our small, quaint motels or one of our local full-service marinas
- Art galleries featuring local artists, including fine art pieces, photography and ceramics
- Following the footsteps of President James Monroe and family, Alexander Graham Bell, vacationers who came by paddle wheelers, steamboats and ferries, and local watermen who fought a century-long “Oyster War” on the Potomac River shoreline" (From their website)
First Landing State Park
"First Landing State Park is located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach. This 2,888 acre park offers a wide range of activities for visitors. You can go swimming, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, or enjoy a picnic when you visit First Landing. Regardless of how long you can stay, for a few hours or for a full day, you can have a nice time visiting the park.
You can also stay in the park overnight, at a campsite or in one of in one of the park's cabins. By planning an overnight stay you can escape the busier pace of the more heavily developed areas of Virginia Beach yet still remain in close proximity to all that the local area has to offer." (From their website)
Ocean View Beach Park
"This unique 6.5-acre beach park, is considered the jewel of Ocean View. The park has a large band shell for presentations and dancing, a beach with lifeguards in the summer, a boardwalk, beach handicap access ramp, and lots of open green space." (From their website)
"Located in Historic Yorktown, this 2-acre public beachfront caters to family fun and is one of the only beaches in Hampton Roads to feature a Mobi-Mat and Mobi Chair for visitors in wheelchairs.
The beach is perfect for sunbathing, boating, swimming, and fishing. An ADA accessible fishing pier and grassy picnic area are also available to guests. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes from Patriot Tours & Provisions to explore the area. You can also book a ticket on the Schooner Alliance for a History, Pirate Adventure, or Sunset Sail on the York River.
The beach offers free public parking in several lots throughout town with a complimentary Trolley service to transport guests and their beach gear. There are also restrooms, nearby hotels, bed & breakfasts, shops, and several restaurants.
The beach picnic area is open year-round and can be requested for company outings, picnics, family reunions, and other approved uses after filing for a special permit from York County." (From their website)