– Virginia Beach’s Wide-Open Beaches

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Plus 4 Tips on How to Have Safe Fun in the Sun


It is officially beach season, which means that there is a ton of fun in the sun to be had in Virginia Beach. With plenty of beach atmosphere options, you’re bound to find the perfect place to nestle your toes in the sand.

The Oceanfront, which is also labeled as the resort area, is the spot to go if you like hustle and bustle. You can spend a whole day lounging on the beach and exploring the various restaurants and shops down the boardwalk. North End Beaches are wide open, with plenty of room to enjoy the sand and the surf. Sandbridge Beach is great to go for water sports lovers. The waves are just about always big, which makes great waters for surfing or boogie boarding. Croatan Beach is another popular surf spot. If you’re looking for calmer waters, Chic’s Beach is a great place for paddleboarding or to wade into the water without big waves to knock you over, as it is the Chesapeake Bay rather than the Atlantic Ocean. The Narrows, which is a small strip of beach within First Landing State Park, is a relaxing oasis that has heavy boat and watersport traffic.

Now that you can decide on what beach is best for you and your crew, don’t forget to keep in mind these four simple beach tips that will help you have a fun, safe vacation in Virginia Beach.

  1. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen

Hanging out on the beach means your skin is directly exposed to the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen more than just once to avoid getting sunburn.

  1. Swim with a Buddy

Regardless of your age, you should always have someone with or watching you in the waters.

  1. Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re out in the sun, so be sure to drink plenty of water while out on the beaches.

  1. Pay Attention to Beach Warning Flags

Beach warning flags are there to help keep beachgoers safe, so it is important to know what each color means. A red and yellow flag means that the swimming area is supervised by a lifeguard. A red flag means there is high hazard, while yellow means medium hazard and green means low hazard. Purple flags mean there are marine pests present, like jellyfish or other animals that could cause harm and an orange wind tube means that there are offshore winds and inflatable objects are not permitted at that time.

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