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Located 15 miles south of (and 180° opposite) the Resort Area, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats. It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. Beachside, the Atlantic never fails to entertain. And for those craving even more of the great outdoors, the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park make for great kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
This isolated paradise contains some of the most diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery on the East Coast.
While the perception of Virginia Beach is that of a busy resort city, our parks and refuges provide more than 130,000 acres of natural area, all just a modest drive from the oceanfront. Explore the land from Seashore to Cypress with this three-day Bird Trail itinerary.
From quaint beach bungalows to an oceanside retreat that sleeps up to 30, luxury condos and everything in between, Virginia Beach has hundreds of amazing rental opportunities to call home.
Dancing sea oats, a soundtrack provided by nature and a local atmosphere: signs that you and your family are on an island far, far away – but really, you’re just planted 15 miles south of the Resort Beach. Seriously!
To view, download or request a Vacation Guide and start planning your Virginia Beach Getaway today.
To Sandbridge from I-264 East: Take exit 22 (Birdneck Road) and
turn right onto Birdneck Road. Follow Birdneck for about 3 miles
and then turn right onto General Booth Blvd. Follow General Booth
for approximately 4 miles then turn left on Princess Anne Road.
Stay straight (past Upton Drive) onto Sandbridge Road. In
approximately 5-6 miles, this will dead end at the beach in
From Sandbridge to the Resort Area: Follow Sandfiddler Road to
Sandbridge Road and turn west. Stay straight onto Princess Anne
Road. Turn right on General Booth Blvd. Follow past the Virginia
Aquarium. Once you cross the bridge at Rudee Inlet, the road
becomes Pacific Avenue and you are in the resort area. For parking
information, see the Resort Area Beaches.
Municipal parking lots are located near Sandbridge Market at the corner of Sandbridge Road and Sandfiddler Road. The lots charge a fee between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The maximum fee is $5 per day. Parking is also available at Little Island Park.
Little Island Park:
This large public beach area at the southend of Sandbridge (south of 3600 block) provides a great place to spend your fun-filled vacation days. The park features lifeguards, covered picnic areas with grills, bath houses/showers, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, children’s playground, and even a fishing pier. Pier open 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Little Island Parking Fees (Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day):
$3 per day residents
$5 per day for non-residents
$10 for buses and RV’s
Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30am to 6pm from Memorial Day
weekend to Labor Day weekend at Little Island Park and Sandbridge
Beaches. Lifeguard supervisors also patrol this area.
Click here to download information on rip tide
Public restrooms are available at Little Island Park and just south of Sandbridge Market.
Fires of any kind are not permitted on the beach.
Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach.
Pets are only permitted on the public beaches after 6:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Airtight containers for cleanup must be carried and used at all times.
Surfing restrictions are enforced from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Surfers must wear a leash and surfing is prohibited within 30 feet of the shoreline. Surfing is permitted all day Monday-Thursday. Surfing is not permitted between the hours of 11am and 4pm Friday-Sunday.
A beach wheelchair is available at Little Island Park on a first come, first serve basis. There is no fee for this service. Sandbridge is 15 miles south of Virginia Beach’s famous boardwalk.
The Little Island fishing pier is wheelchair accessible.
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