While summer may be the time of year most people think to go on a beach vacation, Sandbridge Beach in the fall has an allure of its own. The intense heat of summer has faded, there’s a soft breeze in the air, and the little bit of crowd Sandbridge does attract has dwindled. If you ask me, this is the recipe for a perfect, relaxing vacation.
A family vacation is all about spending time with your loved ones and creating memories to last a lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do just that! Sure fancy dinners and adrenaline pumping activities are fun, but there’s plenty to do in Virginia Beach that won’t cost you a much. Here are 3 (mostly) free things you can’t miss out on while on your Sandbridge Vacation.
Virginia Beach is a popular vacation destination for not only the beautiful beaches but the surrounding communities as well. There are plenty of places with great local beers to explore in every district so if your idea of a good time includes enjoying a nice craft brew in a relaxed and cool atmosphere, look no further. In no particular order, here are 5 breweries you should check out on your next Virginia Beach vacation.
We know you want to spend as much time as possible on your vacation in Sandbridge, but sometimes a full week just isn’t in the cards. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to forego your vacation totally or have any less fun! Any time between September and May, there are properties available for less than a seven day stay or “mini-vacation” (we call it a mini-stay).
What better place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than the beach? Whether you’re looking at booking a long weekend or an entire week, Virginia Beach is the perfect destination for your next girls trip. From relaxation to indulgence, you can find a little bit of everything in and around your Sandbridge vacation rental.
If you’re a foodie like me, finding a good place for dessert is a necessity on any vacation. Whether you’re looking for a quick ice cream cone after a long hot day on the beach or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth while exploring around Virginia Beach, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of some of our favorite dessert places in and around Sandbridge Beach:
With this in mind, we came up with a few budget-friendly activities to add on to our previous article, Top 7 Vacation Budget Tips for Sandbridge Beach, that you can take advantage of while on vacation to save you money while also fostering family bonding.
Make the most of your money and the time you have away with your family in Sandbridge by incorporating these activities into your vacation plans:
There are few things more romantic than enjoying a beautiful sunrise or sunset on the beach with your significant other. Keep an eye on the weather and try to pick the clearest day of your vacation so that too many clouds won’t fog your view, especially if you opt for the sunrise view. If you want extra brownie points, pack a surprise picnic or some mimosas to enjoy while you take in the sights and sounds of the ocean together. If you bring the kiddos along on vacation and have someone to watch them, you might even be able to sneak away and enjoy some alone time on the beach before they wake up.
Exploring Back Bay
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge has all the beautiful scenery you could ask for. From beach views to the woodlands and marshes that stretch over 9,200 acres, this is the perfect place for outdoor-lovers to go on a peaceful nature hike. A fun addition that would double as a way to remember your Sandbridge Beach vacation would be to have a photography competition during your hike.
Take pictures of different scenery and any wildlife you come across during your hike (and don’t forget pictures of/with each other) and choose a winner at the end…loser buys ice cream at Sandbridge Sugar Shack!
Sandbridge Sugar Shack
Speaking of the Sugar Shack…treat your significant other to coffee, ice cream or frozen yogurt and then rent a couple bikes and explore the area. Keep an eye out for special events going on like live music and face painting. They also do fun specials like “dress up like a mermaid or a pirate for 50% off” which sounds like a date all by itself!
Craft Beer Tour
While not specifically in Sandbridge, the Virginia Beach Guided Craft Brewery Tour is a fun, and educational, date idea for beer enthusiasts. You’ll be provided transportation to and from each brewery, guided through each brewery for a behind-the-scenes experience. With over 5 breweries in Virginia Beach, your sure to find your new favorite brew.
For the sporty couple, Hell’s Point Golf Club has a beautiful and challenging course for all ages. With a well-maintained course and wide variety in holes. If you’re a couple who enjoys a little friendly competition, this date idea will be fun and occupy a good amount of time when you’re all beached out for the day. If you’re vacationing with other couples, you could even make it a group date!
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
First, you’ll need to book a dog-friendly vacation rental! Visit Sandbridge Blue to look at all of our dog-friendly properties.
Preparing for the Beach
During the summer months, you may need more equipment for your pet pals, but here is a quick rundown of things you’ll need to keep in mind and bring with you to make sure your pet has a safe and fun trip.
- Outdoor water bowl for when they get thirsty in the heat
- Fresh drinking water. Even though they may get thirsty, ingesting too much salt water can be very harmful for your dog, so it’s best to bring along a couple bottles of water.
- Towels for drying him off after swimming and to protect his belly from the hot sand
- Doggy sunscreen. It may sound silly, but short, light colored fur and pink skin make pets more vulnerable to the sun. Find child-safe sunscreen or something approved by your vet to protect your pet’s skin.
- Don’t allow pets to swim when there are strong tides or rip currents.
- Beach umbrellas are great for making sure your furry friend doesn’t get too overheated in the sun while he plays or rests.
- Particularly on hot days, it’s best to take shorter midday or evening walks to avoid overheating and burnt paws on hot pavement.
- Waste bags. In order to dispose of pet waste, it is required to always have something to clean up after your pet with. You’ll avoid a fine and be fully prepared for the day.
Dog-Friendly Places In And Near Sandbridge Beach
False Cape State Park, 4001 Sandpiper Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23457
Dogs are allowed in the park year-round and in the refuge during the month of October. Dog’s must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times.
First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Dr. H 60 Virginia Beach, VA 23451
For day use, dogs are allowed in the park at no additional fee and only $3 per night per pet for overnight camping. They are also allowed throughout the park and the beach so long as they are under the owner’s control, on a maximum of a 6 foot leash, and cleaned up after. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for all dogs in Virginia Beach.
Bayville Farms Park, 4132 First Court Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
This one acre dog park has separate sections for both large and small dogs. An annual registration fee of $15 is required along with a valid rabies vaccination. To obtain a collar tag, just visit the park office.