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Discover a place where you can experience the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, play with your kids or dance the night away under the stars.

You’ll find your place in the sand in Ocean View, home to Norfolk’s more than 7.3 miles of free, accessible and beautiful shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay.

The Department of Parks & Recreation maintains three beach parks. All three feature parking, restrooms, benches and shade trees. 

Ocean View Beach Park hosts summer concerts and dances. Visit the Ocean View Beach Park website to learn more.

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Experience the Mermaid City's beaches at one of three beach park locations: Community Beach, Sarah Constant Beach and Ocean View Beach. 

Beach park locations include nearby parking and public restrooms.

Grilling is allowed on the grass areas of both Community and Sarah Constant Park Beaches.

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Access ramps and walkways available.

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Access ramps and walkways available. 

Beach Safety Tips

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These locations have limited on-street parking and do not have public restrooms or lifeguards. 

View full map of beach access locations. 

Atlans Street
Beach View
Grove View
Ocean View
Sturgis Street
Bay Breeze
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Views Streets
Bay Streets
Cape View
Inlet Road

Note: Access ramps and walkways to the beach can be found at Community Beach Park and Ocean View Beach Park.

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Norfolk beach lifeguards will be stationed at Community Beach Park from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, through Labor Day on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Sarah Constant Beach Park and Ocean View Beach Park will not have beach lifeguards on duty. Patrons will swim at their own risk.  

To reach Lifeguard Headquarters, call 757-441-1775 (non-emergencies). Call 911 for emergencies.

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Public restrooms are available at each of Norfolk's beach parks: Community Beach, Sarah Constant Beach and Ocean View Beach.

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Norfolk is home to some of Virginia's best fishing and angling in the state. Don't miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the fish are biting today. 

Fishing Regulations

It is the angler's responsibility to know and abide by all current regulations and laws. Individuals must obtain a saltwater recreational fishing license which entitles them to use rod and reel (hook and line), spear or gig, and hand line, cast net, dip net or two eel pots; other rules may apply to these specific gears.

For full regulations on saltwater fishing, visit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission

For full regulations on freshwater fishing, visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

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Here’s how to be a hero when you are at the beach or anywhere outdoors:

  • Bring extra trash bags in your picnic or beach gear and place tied bags in nearby receptacles.
  • Dispose of trash in trash cans. Never leave loose items-especially not cigarette butts on the ground. All trash should be secured in a closed, tied bag. Cigarette butts leach chemicals that kill wildlife and choke seagulls and other sea life who think they are food. 
  • If you are fishing at the beach, collect and dispose of any broken or used fishing line along with any gear. No one wants to step on a hook with their bare feet! 
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle the things you take to the beach. Pack food and beverages in reusable containers whenever possible. Reuse toys or leave with a friend if you are visiting.  

Remember, whenever possible, pack out what you pack in, and take a leave-no-trace mentality. Place your waste in your home green bin and recyclables in your blue container after your day of fun in the sun. It’s easy to be a hero!

Be a Beach Hero: Make a Splash and Pick Up Trash

Courtesy WTKR News

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Your pup doesn't need to be left out — bring them along during evenings and mornings all summer long

  • No dogs or domestic animals are allowed on beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seasonally, beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • It is unlawful for dog owners to permit animals to defecate on public or private property without removal and disposal of feces in a proper manner.
  • Dogs and/or domestic animals must be maintained on a leash (8 feet or less).
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None of the following are permitted on the beach at any time:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Illegal weapons
  • Littering
  • Loud music
  • Nudity
  • Obscene behavior
  • Metal detecting or land disturbance activity
  • Open fires (grilling)
    • Grilling is allowed on the grass areas of both Community and Sarah Constant Park Beaches.
  • Vending advertising, distributing or handing out any cards, leaflets, pamphlets, brochures, or like material is unlawful except by permit.
  • Residential use of beach trash receptacles is strictly prohibited.
  • Skateboards, skates, or bicycles are not permitted on beach access ways or ramps.
  • Trespassing on rock jetties, wooden jetties and sand dunes is unlawful.
  • Illegal activities and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Failure to comply with directions of Police Officers, Lifeguards or any designee of the City of Norfolk may result in legal actions.
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Love Norfolk's beaches? So do we! That's why we're constantly looking for ways to enhance access and provide new amenities to these local treasures. 

Updates for Ocean View Park onto the former Greenies site: 

  •  Additional Green Space
  • Small Performance Venue
  • Expansion of Promenade from Ocean View Beach Park
  • Food Truck Area
  • Additional Parking
  • Upgraded Beach Access
  • Improved Egress from Parking Area
  • Shower and Foot Wash Stations 
  • Landscaping, Picnic Tables and Benches