Back Bay Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Little Island Park is a 144-acre beach park located next to the Atlantic Ocean, north of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. The park has an impressive 775 foot sand beach for surfing, 400 foot fishing pier (only service dogs are allowed on the pier) and a 2,000 foot beach for swimming and fishing south of the pier (permits required to fish when not on the pier). Back Bay, a brackish lake, provides excellent fishing and crabbing along the western border of this unique park.

Amenities include: Picnic Shelters, tennis / basketball / volleyball courts, beach volleyball area, children's playground, public restrooms and vending machines.

Seasonal Rental Items: umbrellas/chairs, tiki umbrellas and soft surf boards and access to a concession stand. Sports equipment can be checked out with official government ID.

Hours of Operation:
April 15th - October 31st: 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
November 1st - April 14th: 7:00 am - Posted Closing Time​

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

There is a small fee to use the pier and to park.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 21st, 2021. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 28th, 2021 at 2:21 PM.
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Current Weather
10°C
Clear
Monitoring Frequency

Back Bay Beach is sampled weekly from May 15th to September 31st.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the monitoring season.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococci bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.

A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococci bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Water Quality Graph

Back Bay Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 21st, 2021. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 28th, 2021 at 2:21 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
10°C
Clear

Little Island Park is a 144-acre beach park located next to the Atlantic Ocean, north of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. The park has an impressive 775 foot sand beach for surfing, 400 foot fishing pier (only service dogs are allowed on the pier) and a 2,000 foot beach for swimming and fishing south of the pier (permits required to fish when not on the pier). Back Bay, a brackish lake, provides excellent fishing and crabbing along the western border of this unique park.

Amenities include: Picnic Shelters, tennis / basketball / volleyball courts, beach volleyball area, children's playground, public restrooms and vending machines.

Seasonal Rental Items: umbrellas/chairs, tiki umbrellas and soft surf boards and access to a concession stand. Sports equipment can be checked out with official government ID.

Hours of Operation:
April 15th - October 31st: 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
November 1st - April 14th: 7:00 am - Posted Closing Time​

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

There is a small fee to use the pier and to park.

Monitoring Frequency

Back Bay Beach is sampled weekly from May 15th to September 31st.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the monitoring season.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococci bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.

A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococci bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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