Oceanfront Business Opportunities

​​​​​Currently, no boardwalk vendor opportunities are available. Please review our Current Vendors list at the bottom of this page for contract expiration dates and possible opportunities.  Thank you for your interest. 

Bidding Process

Current bids can be viewed through the DemandStar.com website. The process requires that a profile be created to view the active bids. There is no charge or fee to create a profile. Once a profile has been created, search for Boardwalk under the Active Bids for City of Virginia Beach. 

All those interested in participating during an available season may submit a Bidder's Mailing Li​st Request to the Department of Finance Purchasing Office,  who will then send an official invitation to bid on the requested oceanfront franchise. The phone number is (757) 385-4438. More detailed vendor information can be seen to the right and on the City's business opportunity page. The bidding process is limited to the following franchise opportunities only:

  • Boardwalk Food Vendors
  • Beach Equipment Rentals
  • Beach Photography
  • Guided Horse Tours
  • Beach Water Slide
No other vending opportunities are available.

This office does not directly participate in assisting individuals in the endeavor of starting their own business. The following links provide helpful details:

How to Start a​ Business in Virginia Beach 

Obtaining a business license in Virginia Beach

​Current Vendors ​​


Franchise​LocationCompany​​Expires
​Boardwalk Vendor​2nd Street​Mimi's Italian Ices​2017
Boar​dwalk Vendor​6th Street​​Flamingo Joe's​2017
​Boardwalk Vendor​8th Street​Flamingo Joe's​2017
Boardwalk Vendor​16th Street​​Flamingo Joe's​2017
​Boardwalk Vendor​18th Street​Kona Ice​2017
Boardwalk Vendor​20th Street​Mimi's Italian Ices​2017
Boardwalk Vendor​22nd Street​Mimi's Italian Ices​​2017
​Boardwalk Vendor​24th Street​Mimi's Italian Ices​2017
​Boardwalk Vendor​26th Street​Flamingo Joe's​2017
​Boardwalk Vendor​Croatan
​201​7
​Beach Equipment Rentals​Rudee Inlet - 57th St.

 (on the beach sand)
​Sunrise Beach Services​2019
​Beach Photography2nd - 42nd St.
(beach connector parks)
​Telescope Pictures​2017
Additionally, there are seasonal events on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront boardwalk presented by event organizers, but they are not associated with the City bidding process so must be contacted directly.