The sun has been shining and it has been hot! A beach adventure is one that makes my entire family happy. Here are some ideas for you to explore this summer !
1. Cape Charles
Cape Charles, Virginia's Eastern Shore's southern most town, is located 10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Cape Charles offers a free public beach in the historic district. The beach is safe for families with small children. The shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay, clean and refreshed by our proximity to the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, make delightful vacations for mothers. There are no waves here. Mothers can relax here while their children splash and play in the oversized wading pools of Cape Charles beaches.
Oceanfront is where the action is. Live music, street performers on Atlantic Avenue, outdoor cafes, hot dog and snow cone vendors, the popular Rudee Inlet marina area, and our famous three-mile boardwalk, perfect for rollerblading, jogging or cruising down the strip on a fat tire bike. Sunbathers come for the wide, sandy beaches. Surfers come for the waves. Shoppers and walkers come for strolling Atlantic Avenue. And everyone comes for the unforgettable experience of a classic day at the beach.
Located a short drive south of the Oceanfront District, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats. It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. Beachside, the Atlantic never fails to entertain, and for those craving even more of the great outdoors, the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park make for great kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
Jamestown Beach Event Park is a family and dog-friendly beach that’s open daily 8 a.m. – sunset. The beachfront park features picnic areas (some shaded) with charcoal grills; a designated fishing area (freshwater license is required); an observation pier (for viewing only); outdoor rinse stations; paddle craft launch/loading/storage area; and a concession facility where ice cream, hot dogs, burgers, drinks and snacks are sold.
5. Yorktown Beach
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.
Buckroe Beach and Park borders the magnificent Chesapeake Bay with three-quarters of a mile of clean beach. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Available for rent are three picnic shelters with nine tables and 1 grill each; an observation pier with a shelter; and a stage pavilion for community events, private events and entertainment. A spacious nautical-themed playground will entertain the children. There are large restroom facilities with outdoor showers next to the playground and ample open space year round. Note: No electricity or water is available at the shelters.