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Croatan Beach, Virginia Beach

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Croatan Beach is an residential neighborhood in the independent city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean south of Rudee Inlet and north of Camp Pendleton near the Virginia Beach oceanfront. It is situated in a prime location once planned as a religious and educational resort that was to be called Chautauqua-By-The-Sea.In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, the community is on the shores of Lake Wesley and Lake Christine. There is a public parking lot with beach access on the south end of Croatan. The East Coast Surfing Championships have been held just north of Rudee Inlet for 40 years.Surfing"Croatan Beach is three quarters of a mile long and stretches from Rudee Inlet to Camp Pendleton. With 2 designated surfing areas (one at the north beginning at Rudee Inlet and one at the south at Camp Pendleton), it has long been a favorite of local surfers. Lifeguard services are now available for swimmers and surfers alike, and are situated along the entire beach front. Summer surf camp and surfing lessons are offered at the southern designated surfing area during the months of June, July & August by Seth Broudy School of Surf.
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  • If you are looking for a quiet beach away from the crowds, Croatan is a good place to go. Not many people know about it. It's serviced by a parking lot, but there aren't many commercial opportunities ...  more »
  • This is a small, lovely beach, when can get crowded, but can be quite private depending on when you go. The feeling is smaller like an island (that is not surrounded by water). If you are visiting or ...  more »
  • Lots of surfers to watch! Free public restrooms and lifeguards-have to pay for parking-VB locals get discount  more »