As one of the original 13 Colonies and the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents, Virginia is a state steeped in history. But with breathtaking coastline spanning thousands of miles, unique coastal destinations and rolling landscapes, one thing is undeniable: Virginia is for beach lovers. To help you choose the right locale for your sandy getaway, U.S. News considered factors like unique attractions, beach quality and overall accessibility to bring you the best beaches in Virginia. Weigh in on next year’s ranking by casting your vote below.

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Colonial Beach: #3 in Best Beaches in Virginia
Colonial Beach is a tiny seaport town in Virginia’s Northern Neck region. Although it is one of the closest shorelines to Washington, D.C. ā€“ and Virginia’s second-largest coast ā€“ this family-friendly getaway is often overshadowed by the more popular beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. But rest assured: Whether you’re swimming, sailing or watching a sunrise, Colonial Beach offers something for everyone. Fish from the Colonial Beach Municipal Pier, or cast a line at the Potomac River Beach. Accessible from George Washington Birthplace National Monument, this quiet beach is perfect for leisurely reading and picnic lunches.

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