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Address: Virginia Beach, VA
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Surfers paradise

Ride past the million dollar mansions in the neighborhood to the public parking at Croatan. $5 unless you arrive before 10 am. Bathrooms are clean but it's a long walk to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
bdaygirl
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We were in Virginia Beach for the day and wanted to spend some time at the beach - Croatan Beach ended up being our best bet as the parking lot is free after September (we had a hard time finding street parking downtown). It's not big, but also wasn't crowded - if you just want to be by the water,... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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203 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I must be all in for this hidden beach that is operated by VB Parks & Rec. So few people know about it that I hesitate bringing it more attention, but it is listed and already has strong reviews so it's not exactly top secret either. The location will send your GPS spinning out of control and possibly overheating from... More 

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1 Thank J David H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Ride past the million dollar mansions in the neighborhood to the public parking at Croatan. $5 unless you arrive before 10 am. Bathrooms are clean but it's a long walk to the swimming area since a large portion is reserved for surfers. If you can score on street parking to the east of Croatan on Vanderbilt no surfing is allowed... More 

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1 Thank bdaygirl
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Excellent place to go for the beach! No commercialization just plain old beach access. Great location for 1 person or a whole family to visit. Bath house for bathroom and changing clothes. $5 parking all day. Make sure to eat before arriving and pack some water and snacks for the day. Waves are great and there is also a surfing... More 

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3 Thank Jeff G
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Located at the Croatan neighborhood. We stayed in a beach rental in that neighborhood. What a beautiful area! And the beach was not crowded, clean and very peaceful. So beautiful!!

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1 Thank Laura Z
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This beach was such a hit with our family last year we thought we would try it again the weekend of June 22, 2014. Great, close, inexpensive parking was available both mornings (after 10am). Bathhouses could have been cleaner (I have had cleaner experiences with the porta johns on the beach.) There was plenty of room on the beach and... More 

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2 Thank T-Scout_and_Mom
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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37 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Tucked away in a very exclusive neighborhood, this beach has become very crowded with tourists. It is clean and pretty and still worth a visit to people watch. Park near the exit or getting out during a rush is hard. Near the Army base, water park and aquarium.

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2 Thank thesheriffisnear
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went to this beach on Labor Day and it was not crowded at all so I'm really puzzled by the reviews that complain about lack of parking and crowded beach. Parking was mucho plentiful and if you can arrive before 10am it's...FREE ALL DAY! After 10am it'll cost you $5 unless you're a resident in which case you probably don't... More 

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1 Thank Philip H
Allentown PA
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Our hotel was right on Croatan Beach and we loved it. The sand is so soft and the water was beautiful. The beach is so clean and there are not a lot of sea shells to step on. Really nice.

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6 Thank cmk83
Richmond, Virginia
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60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Last weekend we decided to try this little beach near the resort area. Parking was plentiful and free before 10am and only $5 thereafter. Pets are allowed on the beach before 10am and after 6pm. A very nice and clean bath house was available with both inside and outside showers. The walk to the beach is short, however, the first... More 

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5 Thank T-Scout_and_Mom

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