Beaches off the Beaten Path
Wander Past the Oceanfront to Explore Locals' Favorite Water Spots in Hampton Roads
The Hampton Roads region is a mecca for beachgoers. Every summer, tourists flock to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to enjoy the waves and soak up the sun. While the Oceanfront always provides a terrific time, here are several Hampton Roads beaches off the beaten path that every local should know about.
Buckroe Beach: Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, this eight-acre beach includes a playground for children, picnic shelters with tables and grills by reservation, a path for walking and biking, certified lifeguards, restroom facilities and a spacious parking lot. Kayaks and paddleboats are available for rental. During the summer, a food and beverage truck near the walking path serves hot dogs, burgers, wraps, drinks, ice cream and other snacks. The summer season at Buckroe Beach runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dogs are not allowed at the beach during the summer season.
Chic's Beach: Located in Virginia Beach on the Chesapeake Bay, Chic's Beach is extremely popular among locals, especially on holidays. Free street parking is available; however, finding a spot may be tricky depending on when you arrive. There are usually a good number of 20-somethings partying and relaxing along the shore. Nearby restaurants include HK on the Bay, which serves seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and salads, and Zia Marie, an authentic Italian restaurant.
Grandview Nature Preserve: Grandview Nature Preserve is a secluded, serene 475-acre beach located in Hampton. To access the beach, visitors must walk along a gravel path bordered by tall grasses and salt marshes. While the beach is not suitable for swimming, it is excellent for walking, jogging or observing migratory birds and other wildlife. This beautiful, quiet beach is ideal for avoiding bustling crowds. The Nature Preserve is accessible by I-64 and is located on State Park Drive where free roadside parking can be found. The Nature Preserve is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Lynnhaven Beach: Located off of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven Beach is great for locals seeking a less crowded environment. The calm waters also make it a good beach for kids. The beach features four concrete boat launch lanes, towed trailer parking spaces, restrooms with outside shower areas and changing areas. The charge for launching boats is $16 without a saltwater fishing license or $8 with a saltwater fishing license. Parking for cars is also available at a cost of $5 per day for non-residents or $3 per day for residents.
Yorktown Beach: Located in historic Yorktown on the shores of the Yorktown River, this two-acre beach provides opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. It is a great beach for children due to its shallow waters and roped-off areas. A fishing pier and 10-acre grass picnic area is also available. The beach and beach picnic area can be requested for weddings, company outings, picnics, receptions, family reunions and other approved uses. A nearby parking garage offers free parking. Numerous attractions are located near Yorktown Beach, including shopping and dining facilities, as well as museums and historical sites.