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All About Sandbridge Beach
Just south of Virginia’s Ocean District lies Sandbridge Beach, a secluded getaway featuring a vast five-mile stretch of immaculate white-sand coastline, pristine dunes, and tranquil shallow waters pleasant for swimming. It’s prime real estate from which to catch the sunset over the Atlantic, and provides a picturesque backdrop to a fun day building sandcastles, horseback riding, and wandering the shoreline. Nearby farmers’ markets, including one situated on Sandbridge Road, sell fresh local produce, homemade desserts, seafood, and offer a convenient spot to grab a bite for a picnic.
Sandbridge Beach and the surrounding area serve as a habitat for various wildlife, including dolphins and sea turtles. Birders will delight in the hundreds of species lurking in the sands and marshes of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. You can also visit False Cape State Park, situated between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with its many hiking and biking trails; the secluded park is reachable only by foot, bike, boat, or a tram that departs from the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sandbridge Beach?
The summer months experience pleasant weather perfect for enjoying the beach, making it one of the best times to book Sandbridge vacation rentals. Spring in Sandbridge Beach also sees balmy weather and fewer visitors than in the summer. In winter, humpback whales and a variety of bird species make their annual migration through the area, providing opportune times to observe Sandbridge Beach’s diverse wildlife.
What are the top things to do in Sandbridge Beach?
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Comprising ocean waters, maritime forests, soaring dunes, ponds, and marshes, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a good introduction to the local ecosystems, and something of a wonderland for migratory birds. Thousands of swans, geese, and waterfowl make their way to this habitat during fall and winter migration. The refuge encompasses 8,000 acres of trails for hiking and biking and includes a boardwalk that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, popular for observing turtles, dolphins, and whales.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Thirty minutes north of Sandbridge Beach is the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring exhibitions (painting, photography, video) from regional and national artists. The museum hosts an array of events and programs throughout the year, providing opportunities to interact with artists, take classes, and engage in fun hands-on activities.
Lotus Garden Park
On the south side of Sandridge Road, Lotus Garden Park offers extensive stretches of preserved Native American lotuses. There are two kayak launches at Lotus Green Park, allowing kayakers to access Ashville Bridge Creek, North Bay, and Muddy Creek. The Lotus Garden Loop features beautiful scenery and an idyllic spot for a relaxing paddle through the water.