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.
Kayaking, sailing, fishing, crabbing, swimming or simply watching the waves roll in, Oceanview, East Beach and Willoughby are a beach lovers paradise. The City of Norfolk maintains three beach parks including Community Beach Park, Sarah Constant Beach Park, and Ocean View Beach Park, and hosts live music and various festivals on the beach. Enjoy fishing on the Ocean View Fishing Pier 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. For beach access points, click here.
After a day at the beach refuel at one of Ocean View's local hot spots. Stop in to Jessy's Tienda and Taqueria for homemade, authentic and ridiculously good Mexican food. If you're craving something from the sea, Captain Groovy's and Longboards, offer delectable seafood dishes or grab a bite to eat right above the water at the Ocean View Pier Restaurant. Craft brewery, Bold Mariner, calls Ocean View home and is situated in an old bank building with wrap around porches and just a block from the beach. Their Frogman Lager is a favorite!
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.
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