Nature & Wildlife

With only 2.6 sq. miles of land, exploring Colonial Beach, VA’s (CBVA) natural wonders is easy by foot, bicycle, or golf cart. Surrounding waterways are easily accessible by boat, kayak or paddle board. Situated on a peninsula, the Town enjoys picture-perfect sunrises and striking sunsets. CBVA’s designation as a bird sanctuary draws ospreys, American bald eagles, kingfishers, herons, terns, ducks, swans and other birds, as well as birders who love to watch them.

Located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, a nature-lover’s paradise, Colonial Beach is within a 30-minute drive of five natural sites, such as Westmoreland State Park, Caledon State Park and Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and fewer than 100 miles from Shenandoah National Park.

Things to See

Sunrises & Sunsets

Town of Colonial Beach’s breathtaking sunrises over the Potomac River and sunsets over Monroe Bay may be the most photographed subjects in all of CBVA.

Bird Sanctuary

CBVA is a designated bird sanctuary. Ospreys nest peacefully atop poles. Nearby Westmoreland State Park and Caledon State Park are known for their vast bald eagle populations. Ducks, swans, kingfishers, herons, terns and other waterfowl and waterbirds grace the Potomac River and Monroe Bay, while hawks and other species of landbirds soar the skies above.

star party


With little light pollution, Colonial Beach, Virginia’s night sky shines bright like diamonds; and offers unobstructed viewing of celestial events, like full moons and NEOWISE Comet.

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