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Norfolk Beaches


  1. Picnic Tables
  2. Public Parking Lots
  3. Public Restroom
  4. Showers
  5. Trash Cans
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 beaches. 7.3 miles of free, accessible and beautiful shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay is ready to greet you.

Ocean View’s gentle waters are great for children, kayaking, floating, swimming or sitting at the edge of the water. The level, continuous beach attracts joggers and walkers.

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space 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 Facebook page to learn more.

Public Beach Access Locations

All 7.3 miles of Norfolk’s beach is open to the public. You’ll find public walkways every few blocks, including in the East Beach area. These locations have limited on-street parking and do not have public restroom facilities, but they provide the same access to the beach for swimming, boating, fishing and sunbathing.

  • Atlans Street
  • Bay Breeze
  • Bay Streets: 3rd, 7th, 13th, 15th, 17th, and 19th
  • Beach View Street
  • Beaumont Street
  • Cape View Avenue
  • Cape View Avenue
  • Grove Avenue
  • Hammett Parkway
  • Inlet Road
  • Ocean View Park (4)
  • Seabreeze Road
  • Shipwatch Road
  • Sturgis Street
  • View Streets: 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 13th, and 15th

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

Rules & Regulations

  • Beach Safety Tips (PDF)
  • Lifeguards
    • City of Norfolk Lifeguards are on duty from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Sarah Constant Beach Park, Community Beach Park, and Ocean View Beach Park.
    • Lifeguards respond to land and water emergencies along the 7.5 miles of beach stretching from Willoughby to East Ocean View.
    • To reach Lifeguard Headquarters, call 757-441-1775 (non-emergencies). Call 911 for emergencies.
  • Motor Vehicles and Parking
    • Motor vehicles are not permitted on beaches (authorized vehicles only).
    • Park in designated areas only; do not block roadways and driveways.
    • Do not block emergency beach access points.
  • Dog Information
    • 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).
  • Prohibited Activities
    • None of the following permitted on the beach at any time:
      • alcoholic beverages
      • glass containers
      • illegal weapons
      • littering
      • loud music
      • nudity
      • obscene behavior
      • 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.

For further information about city beaches, contact the Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space's Aquatics Division hotline at 757-441-1605.

HRT bus routes to Norfolk Beaches

Interested in Becoming a Lifeguard?

The aquatics team is always recruiting qualified lifeguard candidates. To apply for current openings, visit the City's Human Resources page.


  1. Community Beach Park

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  2. Ocean View Beach Park

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  3. Sarah Constant Beach Park

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