Experience the best of Virginia Beach with a Sandbridge Beach accommodation. Sandbridge Beach is known for its private, tranquil shores and countless exciting activities. Whether you want to soak up the sun, enjoy the city’s unique nightlife, or take a stroll down the renowned three-mile boardwalk, there are plenty of fun things to do for guests of all ages. Since the Virginia Beach area is full of Southern charm, beautiful scenery, and friendly locals, book your next getaway at one of many gorgeous Sandbridge Beach vacation rentals. Check out the top places in and around this scenic beach area.

1. Chesapeake Beach

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Chesapeake Beach is just a stone’s throw away from Sandbridge Beach, and it has a whole lot to offer to both families and individuals. Rent a boat for an adventure through the four lakes that wind through the area, or hire a guide to take you sailing through the scenic Chesapeake Bay. All of your favorite traditional beach activities are available, including volleyball, sandcastles, and swimming, as well as more extreme offerings such as jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding. Finish the day with a sunset stroll or a delectable meal at a local restaurant.

2. Croatan Beach

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If you or your family members love surfing, Croatan Beach is a must-visit. Croatan Beach has an area that’s reserved just for surfers. Of course, there’s plenty of beach for swimmers, too. Croatan Beach also boasts convenient parking, a public restroom, a dressing area, and a showing area, making it perfect for families that require nearby facilities.

3. The North End

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Just a quick drive away from the Oceanfront Boardwalk, The North End is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the downtown oceanfront area. The North End tends to be less crowded than other nearby beaches, so it’s perfect for families who want a little seclusion or anyone who wants to surf or boogie board without having to worry about swimmers.

4. Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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Virginia Beach Oceanfront gives you that classic, vintage beach feel. Grab a hot dog and stroll the boardwalk, or cast off on the historic fishing pier. There are plenty of places to grab a bite in the area, from fast food to seafood to exquisite Italian dining. This is one of the more popular attractions in the area, perfect for people watching or making new friends.

5. Alanton

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If you want to escape the traditional beach vibe, Alanton is a great choice. With dense trees, unique neighborhoods, and welcoming communities, you’re sure to appreciate your stay. Alanton is an upscale area, so it’s a lovely, luxurious place to stay when you’re not enjoying Sandbridge, which is just barely over 15 minutes away by car.

6. Norfolk

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Norfolk is a wonderful town on the water with plenty to offer to people of all age groups. The downtown area is perfect for taking a stroll, and you can enjoy live music, local sports, history tours, and so much more. It’s also a great place to grab a drink on the waterfront, or you can even rent a pontoon boat or go sailing. Be sure to check the schedule — Norfolk is known for its outdoor festivals.

7. Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is a wonderful place for you and your family to take in some classic Virginia culture. The town holds over three centuries of history that’s just waiting for you to explore, and it’s also home to some great antique shops and art exhibits. There’s plenty for the kids to do, too. Enjoy a day at the state’s largest children’s museum with the entire family. Norfolk is just a quick ferry ride away from Portsmouth, so why not explore both towns?

8. Lago Mar

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Lago Mar is a great place for family fun. Not only does it border the Wildlife Refuge, but there are also three different family-friendly parks to explore in the area. Pack a picnic, and enjoy activities like cycling, jogging, playing tennis, or just relaxing in the soft grass. If you adventure south of Nimmo Trail, you can legally drive golf courses on all of the roads. Lago Mar hosts some popular annual events, including a 4th of July parade, Oktoberfest, Strawberry Festival, Peach Festival, and Neptune Festival.

9. Hilltop

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Hilltop is a great place to stay if you want to be near enough to the strip of resorts to visit at your leisure while still being able to avoid them when you want to relax. This neighborhood is known for its vibrant nightlife as well as its wide range of shopping and dining options. Enjoy people watching at the strip during the day, and then head out for a delicious meal and a cocktail once the sun sets.

10. Kempsville

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Perfect for young professionals or families, Kempsville is a welcoming town with a wide variety of delightful eateries and two shopping districts. The town has a converted landfill park called Mount Trashmore Park, where festivals are hosted year-round. There’s also a place called Kid’s Cove that includes a playground, skateboard park, running trails, lakes, picnic areas, and more.

11. Bay Colony

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If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Bay Colony is a fantastic choice. While it’s just a quick bike or car ride from many of the popular beaches, the neighborhood offers more privacy than typical beach neighborhoods. The local Princess Anne Country Club offers amenities such as golfing, swimming, tennis, and dining. There are plenty of water activities available in the area too, as Bay Colony is attached to Linkhorn Bay.