Summer is here and that means one thing in Virginia Beach–crowds at the oceanfront. Nothing wrong with Virginia Beach’s resort area, mind you, but do you want a change from the crowded beach and busy boardwalk? If so, off the beaten path in Virginia Beach are two locations where you can take a romantic walk, have an outing with your family or simply slow down and enjoy the magnificent sceneries, all away from the crowds.
Sandbridge has been one of Virginia Beach’s best-kept secrets for years. It’s secluded, delightful, and serene. Part of what keeps the area beautiful is its pristine sand dunes, stunning rental homes, and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. To get to Sandbridge, you must travel south of the resort area towards Pungo. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one end and the waters of the Back Bay on the other, and offers bike riding, surfing, paddle boarding, and several other activities. The National Wildlife Refuge is located at the end of the beach strip and is ideal for kayaking, hiking, fishing, and boating. Make plans to visit Sandbridge and see why it has been named the “Outer Banks of Virginia.”
If you have never been to Croatan Beach, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Concealed behind single-family homes in an affluent neighborhood, Croatan is a low-traffic area with access to one of Virginia Beach’s most beautiful beaches. It lies near to Rudee Inlet and stretches three quarters of a mile long. The Croatan beach is a paradise for both surfers and beach-goers and offers ample parking spaces at nearby Camp Pendleton.
So if you want to get away from the tourist hot spot, get to these beach hideaways located right in your backyard. For more information on Sandbridge and Croatan beaches, you may visit the Virginia Beach Visitors and Conventions Bureau at http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/.