A couple years back some friends of mine introduced me to First Landing State park. It's a state park right at the corner of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The shore has soft yellow sand mixed with shells and the occasional horseshoe crab that washes up. The waves are perfect for families with smaller children. My older kids did complain that they wanted 'bigger'. It offers hiking trails, camping (RV, tent and cabins) and of course the beach. It's a great spot to go for just the day or to stay for a week. You are close enough to shopping and dining that if you didn't want to cook you could run and grab a bite for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And since the beach is for the visitors and campers to the park it usually has less of a crowd than if you went further south to the public beach at Virginia Beach.
|This was a shot the weekend right after Labor day and right in the middle of the day.|
Here is the park website: First Landing State Park
I would recommend making reservations well in advance of a trip. They book up fast especially in the summer!