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Virginia Beach FAQs and rules

Virginia Beach FAQs

Have you been wondering if you are REALLY allowed to bring that margarita to-go on the beach? Do you sit on the beach and give a rude look to the couple smoking a cigarette beside you? Ever wondering if you are allowed to be at the beach so late at night? VirginiaBeach.com brings you the rules of the oceanfront! The answers may surprise you.

Have questions not answered below? E-mail Rachel at Rachel@virginiabeach.com and we'll get you the answers.

Virginia Beach Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Virginia?
Virginia is located on the east coast of the United States, somewhat centered between Maine and Florida.

Why is Virginia Beach so popular?
Being centrally located to anyone on the east coast, it's a short drive. This can save hundreds of dollars per family in travel costs alone. We're also the firm "warm beach" as vacationers from the north travel south looking for relaxation.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages to the beach?

Can I bring glass bottles on the beach?
No. This is to protect barefooted people on the beach.

Is skateboarding permitted on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk?
No. However, it is permitted on the Bike Path.

Is smoking tobacco allowed on the beach?
Yes, if above 18 years of age.

Does the boardwalk ever close?
No. You can enjoy a late stroll on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk at your own convenience.

Are you allowed to camp on the beach?
No overnight camping is allowed on the beach. There are campgrounds within a couple miles of the VA Beach Oceanfront.

Is there a limit of how far you can swim into the ocean?
Yes, the lifeguards will blow their whistle to let you know you have swam too far! Check out what else you should know about our lifeguards in our article, "5 things you don't know about Virginia Beach lifeguards."

Are you allowed to launch watercrafts (sail boats, jet skis, etc.) from the beach?
Yes, watercrafts are allowed to launch from the beach.

Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Dogs are permitted to play on the beach and in the water in the fall and spring (after Labor Day and before Memorial Day). During summer, dogs are limited to play on the beach only on the North End of VA Beach. Keep in mind that leashed dogs are allowed to walk the boardwalk between the hours of 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Check out all the rules here for Dogs at Virginia Beach

Weddings on the beach?
Weddings are permitted on the beach. If a wedding is going to be a big production (large wedding crowd), a permit may be required.

Where do I park?
There are many parking garages along Atlantic Ave, which is a street away from the boardwalk. There are also parking lots that you can pay to park by the hour or by the day. If parking in a parking garage, be aware of the signs separating the parking spaces between hotel guests and beach parking. Click here for more information on Virginia Beach Parking.

Where are the lifeguard towers?
There are 50 lifeguard stands along the Virginia Beach that have been strategically placed for the best surveillance capability of the lifeguards. The lifeguards patrol the beach from 1st Street through 89th Street.

What are the hours in which the lifeguards are on duty?
Between the months of mid-May through mid-September, the lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.

May we bring our personal large umbrella, lounge chairs, coolers, and kids sand toys (buckets, pails, etc) to use on the beach?
Yes, all of the above are allowed to bring to the beach.

If we have to rent umbrellas or chairs, what are the cost and where do we rent these at?
You will notice many rental places for umbrellas and/or chairs scattered all along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. It can cost anywhere between $15 - $30 per day (depending on which rental place you choose and how many items you are renting).