Enjoy the Beach

For your enjoyment, safety and security, the City provides:

  • Permanent public restrooms located at 2nd, 17th, 20th, 24th, 30th and 31st streets; Croatan Beach; Little Island Park and Sandbridge Beach Facility; Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility
  • Playground equipment located at 2nd, 15th and 35th streets; and Little Island Park
  • Parks located at 17th, 24th and 31st streets; Little Island Park
  • Information kiosks located at 17th and 24th streets
  • Beach Ambassadors in bright yellow uniforms are available for information and assistance

Oceanfront Regulations

Please adhere to the following:

  • Stay within 50 yards of the shore when swimming (VBCC § 6-20)
  • Ride bicycles and surreys ONLY on the bike path (VBCC §§ 7-59.3, 7-71)
  • Use roller blades/skates ONLY on the boardwalk (VBCC § 7-59.2)
  • Park street legal vehicles in marked parking spaces
  • Use waste and recycle containers to help keep the beach clean


The following activities are prohibited on the beach, boardwalk, bike path, sidewalks, parks or grassy areas:

  • Public consumption of alcohol, marijuana and/or illegal drugs
  • Possessing glass or alcoholic beverages (exception for permitted special events)
  • Selling, renting, or offering goods and foodstuffs without a City permit
  • Operating non-permitted or service-related personal motorized devices, with exception for disabled persons, on the beach or boardwalk (VBCC § 7-59.1)
  • Sleeping on the beach or park benches between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Littering
  • Possessing unrestrained dogs, losing control of dog, or failing to remove and properly dispose of animal waste
  • Shark fishing

The following activities are prohibited May 1 through Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays:

  • Playing ball and throwing aerial objects between the lifeguard stands and the ocean (between Rudee Loop and 42nd Street and Croatan Beach only)
  • Launching or landing personal watercraft
  • Fishing from sand beaches

Surfing in the following areas is prohibited May 1 through Sept. 30 From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and holidays:

  • Little Island Park to the southern boundary of the designated lifeguard-patrolled swimming area located at the end of Sandbridge Road
  • Sandbridge Road to the southern boundary of Dam Neck Fleet Combat Training Center
  • 42nd Street to 56th Street
  • 58th Street to the southern boundary of Fort Story

Pets & Animals

The following pertain to pets/animals Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend:

  • Dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times
  • Human companions are required to clean-up after their pet
  • Dogs are still prohibited on the sandy beach and in the water in the Resort Area (between Rudee Loop and 42nd Street)
  • Dogs are permitted on the sandy beaches north of 42nd Street and south of Rudee Loop (Croatan and Sandbridge) before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., provided they are leashed or under the control of their owner if unleashed
  • Service animals are exempt from these prohibitions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The following pertain to pets/animals after Labor Day and before Memorial Day weekend:

  • Pets are welcome to enjoy the public beaches and Boardwalk at any time
  • Pets must be on a leash on the Boardwalk
  • Dogs may be off leash on the beach
  • For the safety of all beachgoers, canine and human alike, please supervise your pet carefully when off leash and only unleash on the sand with reliable voice command and recall