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Old 05-28-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I want to bring my young daughter up for a day beach trip...when is the best day to come and what is the best, accessible beach?

Is there any way to shower or get cleaned up enough to change and go eat afterwards at a decent restaurant? (plus I don't want to go home smelling like a rotten mermaid HA HA!)



Also, if we wanted to take a family beach week would you recommend VA beach or driving a bit farther and going to Nags Head area? We like quieter beaches and good food...we could care less about 'touristy' things like water parks, putt putt etc... just want a good beach and good food!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, Va
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The best time to visit Virginia Beach is usually during weekdays between 10am and 8pm. All of the the Virginia Beach strip is very accessible no more than a couple of block from where you parked you can get to the beach. They have public showering areas scattered down the boardwalk and a pretty large public bathroom on 17th street (behind Dairy Queen). The shower is no more than fresh water to usually clean the sand off beach water doesn't have an offensive smell to me but to each is own. As far as family beach week i think nags head would be good but, my biggest problem with nags head is the isolation of it. I kind of enjoy the strip because its a prototypical beach scene. OBX beaches are usually a lot less crowded and quieter there is also pretty good eats in the area too. The Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach also is a quite area with alot less crowd than the Virginia Beach Strip but i don't know if those beaches at Sandbridge are public.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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As mentioned, we prefer the Sandbridge area to avoid the crowds of tourists...
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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For a Day Trip I'd recommend just going to the Oceanfront for convenience. Go between work hours and you'll have no problem finding parking or with crowds. Sandbridge is nice if you are renting a house down there but it's just simply the beach and a handful of restaurants that you'd have to drive to. There are showers on the boardwalk meant to wash off excess sand but not to bathe and freshen up. But almost all the restaurants at the beach let you dine in straight from the beach.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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At the far end of sandbridge there is a public restroom with showers.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks everyone!! Since I have never been I may just do the iconic boardwalk first during business hours. I appreciate the tips and I think we are looking into Sandbridge for a weekend getaway if we can find weekend rentals!

Any other tips still appreciated!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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Back Bay park is a mile south of the main public beach in Sandbridge. Slightly quieter. If you have the energy to wal k or bike a few miles south of there, you could make it to False Cape park south of back bay. You can't drive in, but in a certain way, it is clearly nicer than any other beach in Virginia. It borders NC, but is even better than most Outer Banks beaches.

Have fun and God bless
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