Beaches Near Lynchburg, VA

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Here are some of the best beaches near Lynchburg, Virginia that you can check out this summer. Lynchburg is full of breathtaking mountains, but the ocean is just a few hours away when you need that beach getaway! The time is perfect to take a drive and head to a beach near you.


Yorktown Beach, VA

Driving Distance: approx. 3 hours & 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

Yorktown Beach is located in Historic Yorktown in Virginia. It offers 2 acres of beachfront that provides opportunities for swimming, fishing (a fishing pier is available) and boating. There is also a 10-acre picnic area. The waterfront offers a free public beach and you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes to enjoy the York River to the fullest.

Colonial Beach, VA

Driving Distance: approx. 3 hours & 30 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

Colonial Beach is a smaller town that's 30 minutes southeast of Fredericksburg, VA. It sits on the Potomac River so when you put your feet in the water you're technically in Maryland. If you want to enjoy boating, biking, fishing and sunning in a small town atmosphere this is the place for you.

Virginia Beach, VA

Driving Distance: approx. 4 hours & 11 minutes away from Lynchburg, VA

Virginia Beach is more than just a beach since it has multiple beautiful beaches and districts. Every district is it's own and every corner offers a coastal way of living life whether you're on the bay or the ocean. It's the perfect oceanfront destination that isn't too far from Lynchburg and still located in Virginia. 

Virginia Beach, VA Districts:

  • Chesapeake Bay

  • Oceanfront

  • Sandbridge

  • Pungo

  • Town Center

  • Inland

  • Vibe Creative District

Outer Banks, NC

Driving Distance: approx. 4 hours & 50 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

The Outer Banks is a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands and is located off the coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. This area offers open-sea beaches, state parks and shipwreck diving sites making it a popular destination.

Outer Banks, NC Northern Beaches:

  • Duke

  • Southern Shores

  • Kitty Hawk

  • Kill Devil Hills

  • Nags Head

Myrtle Beach, SC

Driving Distance: approx. 5 hours & 30 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

Myrtle Beach, SC is full of great attractions, dining and of course the beach. They offer so many different types of watersports including dolphin/eco tours, paddleboarding, scuba diving, surfing, boating, banana boats, parasailing and more! They also have so many things to do at night such as dining, concerts and theaters.

Chincoteague Island, VA

Driving Distance: approx 5 hours & 40 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

Chincoteague Island is Virginia's only resort island. It is full of serene, fun-filled tourist destinations without the high rises, board walks, or traffic jams. This small island is 7 miles long and 3 miles wide yet, there is never a shortage of things to do. Chincoteague Island offers a relaxing atmosphere and beautiful, unspoiled nature. 

Ocean City, Maryland

Driving Distance: approx. 6 hours from Lynchburg, VA

Ocean City is a white sand beach that is 10 miles of free beach along the Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect place for swimming, kite flying, sand castle building, surfing, jogging, and so much more. It has a 3-mile, famous boardwalk, 200+ restaurants, and great places to stay while you're there. There are also a lot of free family events right on the beach all summer long.

Charleston Area Beaches, SC

Driving Distance: approx. 7 hours from Lynchburg, VA

The surrounding barrier islands and beaches of Charleston, SC have their own Southern charm and give travelers a sense of adventure to escape the city. In Charleston, you can find a place to get away from it all by catching the waves, building sandcastles, and exploring all that this great area has in store for you.

Charleston Area Beaches:

  • Kiawah Island

  • Folly Beach

  • Sullivan's Island

  • Isle of Palms

  • Seabrook Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Driving Distance: approx. 7 hours & 10 minutes from Lynchburg, VA

Hilton Head Island is known to be America's Favorite Island. It is 12 miles of pristine beaches and all that you need for an ultimate coastal retreat. Hilton Head Island has more than 33 world-class golf courses, 300 tennis courts, and more than 250 restaurants to try. Make sure to head over and experience all that the #1 island in the Contiental United States has to offer you. 

Be sure to also check out our Water Activities page for more ideas of how to have fun in the water this summer. Also, check out our Local Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA page for more things to do in the Lynchburg area this summer!

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