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Address: Virginia Beach, VA

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Love this beach, especially with the bath house on the south end. One challenge- they haven't done replenishment so the beach is getting a little narrow, and steep. Still, tons of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Croatan beach is a great place for the whole family. I brought my 10 year old son there and we had a blast! There is a designated area for surfing and swimming

Thank Christine R
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great public beach with outside showers and changing stalls. There's a surfing side and a swimming side that you have to be aware of when swimming. There is a short walk to the beach from the parking lot. The only issue is bringing really small children which is always tough when going to the beach. When my family went,... More 

Thank 1beachfun
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my first trip to the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately the beach was closed due to storms in the area but it was not posted anywhere. We had to pay $16 to park and walk a couple blocks to find the place closed up. It never did rain or storm that day. Disappointed.

Thank Sara V
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We went to this beach after finding it on this site. On that day, it was really busy, barely a spot to sit down. The sand was so hot it burnt huge blisters on a girls feet but the water was so cold that we couldn't go in. We only stayed about 30 minutes and left. There is also a... More 

Thank Lisa W
Va Beach
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122 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Love this beach, especially with the bath house on the south end. One challenge- they haven't done replenishment so the beach is getting a little narrow, and steep. Still, tons of parking in the city lot, so it's easy to access.

Thank deanvt89
Altona, Canada
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60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

While visiting Virginia Beach I asked my hosts where would be a good beach to go to & they suggested Croatan. It was awesome! A nice big parking lot on the south end of Vanderbilt Street with nice parking attendants. The bathrooms are large & clean. The day I visited there were only a handful of people at the beach... More 

2 Thank JuliannaMarie
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This is a great secret beach in our area. Unlike the dirty, crowded beaches between first and 40th streets, Croatan offers a nice respite. You pay a few dollars to park and have to walk a short way to past the surfers beach, but is is worth it. Pack a lunch, drinks and beach toys and settle in. Clean Bathrooms... More 

Thank michele b
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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 

Thank cirthanis
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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210 reviews
46 attraction 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 

1 Thank J David H
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129 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
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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