Explore Capital Region Beaches

The Atlantic Coastline of Maryland and Virginia offers a variety of beach experiences - stroll through the surf with wild ponies, kayak with dolphins, surf the waves, parasail above the ocean, or simply relax on the warm sand. Discover your perfect beach holiday at one of our numerous, free public beaches. 

The Virginia Beach Coastline

Virginia Beach boasts over 60 kilometers of beautiful beaches and shoreline, a 5-kilometer iconic American boardwalk and 18,600 acres of nature in two state parks and a national wildlife refuge.

Take in the sunset in Virginia Beach

Enjoy a more secluded and relaxed Virginia Beach holiday at Sandbridge, a peaceful hideaway of pristine sand dunes, sea oats and water views. Beach cottages and holiday homes are available for rent.

Kayaking with dolphins in Virginia Beach

Explore waterways by kayak or stand up paddleboard, admire the beautiful blue ocean from a boat tour or challenge yourself with a surf lesson. While on the water, you may catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming or playing in their natural habitat.

Building sand castles in Ocean City

The beach is the main attraction in this Atlantic Ocean resort town, which stretches just over nine miles and includes a famous wooden boardwalk with arcades, shops and restaurants.

Fun on the water in Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland offers plenty of activities both on and off the water - from the 3-mile-long boardwalk to sightseeing water tours - you're bound to find plenty of fun in the sun.

Wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore

Local folklore describes the island’s wild horses as survivors of a shipwreck. Today, there are two herds separated by a fence at the Virginia-Maryland border.

Sunrise along Assateague Island

Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean while collecting seashells from the surf. 

Virginia's Eastern Shore Beaches

Virginia's Eastern Shore is home to three notable beaches with both Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean access: Kiptopeke Beach, Cape Charles Beach, and Assateague Beach.

Family friendly beach in Cape Charles

Located at Cape Charles along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, this beach along the Chesapeake Bay is popular with families as it features calm, shallow waters and few waves.