Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach
I like to call Sandbridge "Virginia Beach’s version of the Outer Banks." While it’s just down the beach from Croatan, it will take you 25 minutes to get there by car because you have to go around Dam Neck. Sandbridge is about 5 miles long and is predominantly single family homes used as summer beach rentals. That said, there are still plenty of people who live there year round, but the place empties out during the winter. It backs up to The Back Bay National Wildlife refuge and there are homes that have deep water access into the bay. But the real draw is the beach. During the summer, the beach is full of weekly vacation renters and local day trippers. There are no hotels, restaurants, or bars like the oceanfront, so it doesn’t have that touristy vibe during the summer. Sandbridge is a great place to buy a second home that you can rent out during the summer to help cover the expenses. And then you can also bring your entire family to visit over Thanksgiving and everyone can have their own bedroom. Just remember, that’s hurricane season and Sandbridge is one of the first places to require hurricane evacuation because there is limited access for emergency services.
Nevertheless, Sandbridge is for beach lovers and should make your short list if you are considering a place near the beach.