Virginia Beach Rating
Beach Personality: Popular, Old-Fashioned Beach And Boardwalk
Virginia Beach is a well-known beach destination due to its 3-mile boardwalk and proximity to Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, DC. The beach is extremely long and relatively wide with clean, light tan sand and clear blue water. The boardwalk brings a lot of personality to Virginia Beach.
In addition to many typical beach boardwalk businesses and activities, there are also some unique aspects to Virginia Beach’s boardwalk. These include lots of public art and the Virginia Legends Walk. The Virginia Legends Walk was built to honor Virginian’s who have made significant differences to our country and the world. Along the walk you’ll find plaques with the name of each person and a little bit of information about what s/he achieved and where they are from. People honored include Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald.
Virginia Beach is also the site of many beach-related events. Two annual events are the East Coast Surfing Championships and the North American Sand Soccer Championship. Beach St. USA lists all of Virginia Beach’s events.
- Boogie boarding
- Stand up paddleboarding
- Surfing (designated areas apply)
- Pier fishing (for a fee)
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, for a fee within walking distance.
- Food – Yes. Within walking distance.
- Lifeguard – Yes, from mid-May to mid-September.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – Yes, but restricted to the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Additional Amenities – fishing pier, benches, boardwalk, bike and skating path, handicap accessible, beach wheelchairs, and seasonal amusement park.
Rentals are available within walking distance of Virginia Beach. Items to rent include bicycles, surrey bicycles, rollerblades, boogie boards, strollers, beach chairs and umbrellas.
Virginia Beach, Virginia’s beaches run all the way from Croatan Beach at the south end to First Landing State Park at the north end. However, most people consider Virginia Beach to be the 3 miles of beach fronting the boardwalk from 2nd through 41st Streets. Atlantic Avenue is the closest street running parallel to the beach and boardwalk.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin