Ocean View & East Beach

Norfolk’s relaxing beach communities of Ocean View and East Beach will leave you feeling as though you’re in a whole other world-one filled with fresh seafood, sand and seaside fun.


The area’s unique history dates back hundreds of years and is full of interesting discoveries. Ocean View’s Willoughby Spit, and independent peninsula originally inhabited by the Willoughby Family, has been a favorite Norfolk marvel since it first appeared as a result of a mid- 1600’s hurricane. Where there once had been only water now lies a serene strip of land created by Mother Nature. Past times at the beaches, neighborhood, and commercial districts of Ocean View are lovingly preserved and shared in collections of memorabilia, images and oral histories at the Ocean View Station Museum.


After a day at the beach, take advantage of Ocean View’s dining hot spots. Stop in to Jesse’s Taqueria for some fresh, homemade and authentic Mexican food. If you’re craving something from the sea, Captain Groovy's offers delectable seafood dishes for breakfast or lunch. 


There’s no better way to enjoy the neighborhood than a day at the beach! This area is home to several city beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. This area is home to several beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. The City of Norfolk maintains three beach parks including the Community Beach Park, Sarah Constant Beach Park, and  Ocean View Beach Park. Grab the family or your friends and head out for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and beach fun! Enjoy fishing on the Ocean View Fishing Pier and if you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the pier’s onsite restaurant, known for super fresh seafood. Or if you’d prefer to stay on land, schedule a round of golf at the Ocean View Golf Course located one block from the Chesapeake Bay and marina.

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