The Best Cape Charles Beach Experiences

The Cape Charles beach is famous for its magnificent sunsets over the water. BBOnline guides you to the finest beaches in and around the charming resort town.

Cape Charles Beach Front
Bay Avenue
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310
(757) 331-3259

This is a tranquil free public beach in the historic district of Cape Charles. The waters are clean and shallow and free of waves, ideal for small children. There are several large natural wading pools where they can splash around. Nowhere else on the east coast will you find sunsets as beautiful.  

On the southern side of the beach front, you'll find a free fishing pier and observation huts stretching out into the Chesapeake Bay. On the first Saturday of every month (June to September), there are "Applaud the Sun" harbor parties with live music, food, beer and dancing.   

The beach area just off Shore Drive has gentle waves, perfect for swimming. Beach activities include volleyball.

Kiptopeke State Park
3540 Kiptopeke Drive
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310
(757) 331-3259

The coastal park features a wonderful Cape Charles beach nearly half a mile long with an unguarded swimming area where you can swim for free. There's boating on the south beach. The unique coastal habitat is a haven for migratory birds, so bring those binoculars along when you visit the beach during your stay at your Cape Charles Bed and Breakfast.

Virginia Beach
Virgina 23456
The many beaches of the Virginia Beach town are about 30 miles across the bay from a Cape Charles beach. You can get there via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which is the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world. The beaches are free and well maintained.  

Lifeguards man the beaches from mid-May through mid-September. The 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk is a big attraction with its family-oriented weekend events (late spring to early fall), many of them free. If you prefer secluded beaches, head to the soft sands and gentle waves of the North End and the five-mile-long Sandbridge Beach along the Atlantic Ocean where you can surf.  

Buckroe Beach
End of Pembrook Avenue
Hampton, Virginia 23664
(757) 850-5134

Located 24 miles away from a Cape Charles beach, Buckroe Beach borders Chesapeake Bay and attracts windsurfers from all over. The eight-acre beach offers a children's playground, picnic shelters with tables and grills and a trail for walking and biking. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In the summer, you can catch a "Groovin' by the Bay" concert on Sunday nights. Movies are screened on the beach on Tuesdays. Kayaks and paddle boats are available on rent. Worth the short trip from your Cape Charles Inn.

Ocean View Beach
150 W. Ocean View Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23503

This 8-mile bay beach with calm water is 15 miles from Virginia Beach and 38 miles from Cape Charles. It's a clean, secluded non-touristy beach and you can park on the street for free. The Ocean View Beach Park hosts concerts and other gigs such as the Ocean View Beach Festival during the summer. The park's beach has lifeguards and free parking. Beach activities include kayaking, sailing and water-skiing. The eastern side of the beach is not recommended.