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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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  • Croatan Beach is tucked away unless your not a local you probably wont find it. During the week its nice a quite . Weekends its pretty busy . They also do surfing .  more »
  • Parking is kinda hard to find. But if you want to forgo the usual crowded beach. This is the place to go for sure  more »
  • Actually its awesome, best beach ever, just trying to keep it local. Everyone is super friendly and you can drive/drink/ cookout/ basically do whatever you want on this beach. Not too crowded and hope...  more »
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  • Croatan beach is a hidden gem! If a friend hadn't told me about this beach, I wouldn't have known it was here! There are no signs that indicate it's location and you cannot see the beach or the parking lot from the main road. All day parking costs $5.00, unless you reside in Virginia Beach, then it's only $3.00. The lot has plenty of room and wasn't even half full on the day we visited. According to posted signs, the parking lot closes at 8:00 PM and vehicles remaining in the lot will be towed. There is a public bathroom and showers/spigots for rinsing off as well as a walk way to the beach. The beach is divided into a surfing side and a swimming side and there is a life guard on duty. There aren't any food vendors or shops, which is why I love it here! That being said, if you are planning to stay a while, be sure to bring your sunscreen and cooler. This is a beautiful place to spend the day catching waves or laying out in the sun & reading a book without falling over all the tourists. Love this beach!!!
  • Closed on another beautiful beach home Croatan is an awesome place to live
  • Great family beach. Inexpensive parking for a full day of fun and sun.
  • Clean beach with lifeguards. Was uncrowded with plenty of inexpensive parking. Room for surfing and swimming.

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