Buckroe Beach

Buckroe Beach
Buckroe Beach borders the scenic Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, Virginia. Like the others along the Chesapeake Bay, Buckroe offers an abundance of clean water and wide sandy beaches. Whether you’re planning to cool off on a sunny day or going for a stroll on a mild winter’s day, you’ll find nothing but amazing views here.

The name itself reflects the local history. When the English arrived in the New World—at what is nearby First Landing Beach—they grew agricultural crops at the Buck Roe Plantation, including grapes and silkworms. Eventually, they switched to growing Tobacco as demand in England began to rise. As time marched on, Buckroe Beach Virginia became a popular fishing camp. When the electric trolley line was extended to the beach in 1897, it became a popular seaside amusement park. By the 1980s, the park was shuttered and the popular carousel was moved to a park nearby in Hampton. The city took over the land and turned it into the clean, family-friendly park that it remains today.

As is typical for Virginia beaches, lifeguards are on duty in the summertime—in this case Memorial Day to Labor Day. Buckroe Beach Virginia is easy to find at the end of Pembrook Avenue. There’s plenty of parking available here.

Like Sandbridge Beach in nearby Virginia Beach, Buckroe Beach boats a long fishing pier where you can cast a line and enjoy the ocean views. The city’s original pier was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The current pier was built to be stronger, with concrete pilings, lights, and wooden railings. The T-shaped pier is 709 feet long and 16 feet wide—the end of the T widens to 70 feet. Along the pier, you’ll find two shelters and fish cleaning stations and bait for sale. Crabbing is allowed up to the first shelter, and sightseeing is encouraged the whole length of the pier.

Fishing licenses are required if you’re planning to do any angling, and a small fee is collected for sightseers. Fishing rod rentals also are available to rent if you don’t want to bring any along with you. If you’re traveling by plane, it would be much cheaper to rent fishing poles than pay the airline baggage charges.

In addition to fishing, visitors to Buckroe Beach Virginia also enjoy spending time on the water. Local rental shops can hook you up with a kayak or paddle boat, as well as the life jackets and other gear you might need. If you’d prefer to stay on shore and relax, you could rent an umbrella or a beach chair for your time at Buckroe Beach Virginia.

Beyond the sand and surf, this eight-acre park has lots of room to play and enjoy the scenery. Large shelters are a popular place to get some shade and enjoy a picnic. A walking trail winds through the green space, which also is favored by cyclists.

In the summertime, Buckroe Beach transforms into a one of the best places in Hampton to enjoy live music. On Sunday nights, people flock to the shore to enjoy the live music in the Grooving by the Bay concert series. Family movies are shown on Tuesday night after the sun has set.

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