Sandbridge Beach

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Coordinates: 36°44′46″N 75°56′39″W / 36.74611°N 75.94417°W / 36.74611; -75.94417

Entrance to Sandbridge Beach

Sandbridge Beach is in the southern part of the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. The length of the beach is about 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometres) North to South. Its location is like that of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, with the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Because of this, it is often referred to as "The Outer Banks of Virginia". Similar to North Carolina's Outer Banks, Sandbridge Beach is occasionally prone to tropical storms, which can result in mandatory evacuations.

There are no hotels at this beach, but houses and condos may be rented, and the area is a well-frequented tourist spot. One of the biggest attractions to Sandbridge is its relative remoteness and laid back atmosphere when compared to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Low speed, two-lane Sandbridge Road provides the only automobile access. A bicycle/pedestrian trail is planned through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge between Sandbridge and nearby Lago Mar.[1] Located at the south end of the beach is Little Island city park, which is the location of Sandbridge Pier.

Other well-known features of the area are The Sandbridge Market at the north end, and the Sandbridge "S Turns" about half way down the beach where Sandfiddler and Sandpiper Roads make an "S turn". The "S Turns" is a popular location for locals to "hang out" and surf as opposed to the market and park where tourists tend to populate the beach. Though it is less crowded at the "S Turns" there are no lifeguards there, so those who are not strong swimmers should take caution.

The Virginia Beach EMS Lifeguard Division does protect the water in Sandbridge. They hold four stands at Market Place Beach and ten stands at Little Island Beach. There are four supervising lifeguards who keep constant patrol over the rest of the waters where lifeguards are not permanently stationed. Lifeguards are on duty from 0930-1800 daily from Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day.[2]

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  1. ^ "Back Bay Refuge Trail". Virginia Beach Government. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
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