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Virginia Beach attractions will keep just about any visitor (or resident) busy for days.

Although the main draw is the oceanfront, the tourist district has plenty to do, and other major attractions are close enough by car that they take little time to reach. (more…)

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Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach

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The shorelines of Virginia Bea
ch attract visitors from all over the state and country every year. Chesapeake Bay, located in the heart of Virginia Beach, is no exception.


Chesapeake Bay is located outside the main resort area of Virginia Beach, along Route 60.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which scales the distance over the water between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, makes the area easily accessible while providing visitors with a stunning view of the ocean.

Chesapeake Bay is a three hour drive from Washington, D.C., and an hour and forty minute drive from Richmond. From Roanoke, Chesapeake Bay beach is a four and a half hour drive.


The Chesapeake Bay is known for its ample supply of fish. Both Maryland and Virginia residents flock to to the waters in hopes of catching black sea bass, blue catfish, and largemouth bass.

The beaches in the Chesapeake Bay are slightly more tranquil than others in the Virginia beach area.

The beaches in the Chesapeake Bay area can be accessed via Shoreline Drive.

Beaches in this are equipped with most amenities. Restaurants are located nearby.

Restrooms are available on most beaches. The beaches are sandy and smooth.

All of the beaches in Virginia Beach are free, well maintained, and open to the public. Umbrellas, boogie boards, and beach chairs can all be rented from vendors located along the shoreline.

It is important to note that the named Chesapeake Bay Beach is located just across the state border in Maryland. The Virginia side of the Chesapeake Bay area has several beaches, all part of Virginia beach.

State Parks

First Landing State Park commemorates the place where 100 English settlers landed in April of 1607. There, they established the first elective government, before moving upriver toward Jamestown.

The park has nature and history programs dedicated to educating visitors about the region, as well as fishing, boating, and 19 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

Cabins can be rented at First Landing State Park.

Chippokes Plantation State Park is also located nearby. This park has two miles of shoreline along the James River for visitors to fish on.

Nearby Attractions

The Chesapeake Bay region was home to some of the nation’s most influential people, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Stratford Hall Plantation, Lee’s estate, is open for visits and house tours.

Ingleside, one of Virginia’s best known wineries, is also located in the area.

Visitors are sure to enjoy a visit to Westmoreland Berry Farm and Orchard during their stay. The orchard is famous for its jams.


The Chesapeake Bay region offers nearly every kind of fare. Some of the more popular restaurant include:

Colonial Beach Yacht Center Dockside Restaurant
1787 Castlewood Drive
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Linda’s Restaurant
Rt. 198
Matthews, VA 23109

Virginia Originals Chesapeake Grill
One Island in the Bay
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VA

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