Your best beach day awaits.

Coastal Virginia is defined by its beautiful waterways and miles of gorgeous beaches. People flock here to soak up the sun, swim, paddle, and float. Our waterways are in season all year. So, whether you love the ocean or prefer a lake, river or inlet, we’re the perfect destination for fishing, sailing, paddling, dolphin sightings, whale watching, and more.

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Virginia Beach Family Beach
Virginia Beach Sandbridge Aerial
Virginia Beach Surfing
Eastern Shore Beach picnic
Eastern Shore Beach
Virginia Beach Bay
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A scenic view of Virginia Beach with sandy shores, rolling waves, and a clear blue sky.
Virginia Beach Fishin


Paddle our way.

Coastal Virginia is perfect for paddlers. Bring or rent a canoe, kayak, or SUP. You’ll glimpse black bears, sea otters, eagles, osprey, and more right from the water. Our waters are gentle and family-friendly allowing you to comfortably paddle virtually any season. To learn more about our geography, waterways, and historic past, just book a tour. You’ll love our local outfitters too.

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Eastern Shore outdoors - A serene river scene with a boat gliding through calm waters surrounded by lush greenery and blue skies.
Virginia Beach kayaking
Chesapeake Dismal Swamp Canoe
Chesapeake Kayak
Norfolk Canoeing
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A family of four kayaking on calm waters with lush green trees surrounding them.
Chesapeake Dismal Swamp


Adventure is calling.

From city parks with picnic grounds, to dog parks and children’s playgrounds, we’ve got hundreds of acres of wooded lands, and marshland to explore. Walk our miles of trails or bring your bike. People of every age, and your dogs are welcome. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, otters, and some of the prettiest fall foliage in season. Pack a picnic you’ll want to stay a while.

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A scenic view of Williamsburg outdoors with lush greenery, a river, and people enjoying outdoor activities.
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Portsmouth outdoors yoga
New Earth Farm
Virginia Beach Hiking Couple
Chesapeake family trail
Virginia Beach Hiking
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Chesapeake Biking
Portsmouth City Park
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Couple chilling on a scenic trail surrounded by lush greenery and tall trees, perfect for a peaceful hike in nature.


S’more to do here.

Pack your tent or load your RV and head out to one of our many RV parks with hook ups, provisions, and family amenities. Wake up to fresh air, gorgeous views, and a day full of adventure. S’mores taste better over a campfire in Coastal Virginia. New to camping? No problem. There’s more than enough rental cabins, campsites, and even glampsites with rangers to show you the ropes.

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Virginia Beach Family Camping
Virginia Beach False Cape
Virginia Beach False Cape Camping
Outdoors Camping
Chesapeake Camping
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Life is better on the water.

The waterways of Coastal Virginia consist of natural inlets, rivers, bays, sounds and of course the intracoastal Waterway that runs through our region linking us from Maine to Florida. You’ll find easy-access boat put-ins everywhere along the Rappahannock, James, Potomac, and York Rivers, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Fish, jet ski, paddle or sail.

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Suffolk Restaurant Marina
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Eastern Shore Restaurant
Norfolk Waterside
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