Little Island Park

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Little Island Park is a 144-acre beach park in Sandbridge, just north of Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The park has a 775-foot beach north of the 400-foot fishing pier for surfing and a 2,000-foot beach for swimming and fishing south of the pier. Back Bay, a brackish lake, provides excellent fishing and crabbing along the western border of this unique park. ​


  • Four Picnic Shelters with Charcoal Grills (For shelter reservations, please call 385-PARK)
  • Picnic Area with Charcoal Grills
  • Lighted Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Court and Beach Volleyball
  • Playground
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch Area on Back Bay​
  • Public Restrooms
  • Seasonal Rental Items: kayaks, paddleboards and fishing poles. Items will be available beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Seasonal Concessions
  • Vending Machines
  • Public Use AED

The following items can be checked out of the park office with a driver license or other form of photo identification: badminton equipment, basketballs, baseball bats, corn hole boards and bags, footballs, frisbees, rubber playground balls, soccer balls, volleyballs, volleyball nets and beach wheelchairs.

 Hours of Operation

April 15th - October 31st: 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.*

November 1st - April 14th: 7:00 a.m. - Posted Closing Time​

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

*The 9 p.m. closing time does not apply to picnic shelter reservations. Shelters are for day use only.​​

 Fishing Pier

​The 400 foot Little Island Fishing Pier is open seven days a week. Enjoy a newly improved pier walkway/railing, enhanced public access, and a new 200 linear foot pier-shoreline connection. Virginia Saltwater Fishing License is not required on the Fishing Pier, but is required to fish from the beach. Visitors must provide their own fishing equipment. Only service dogs are permitted on the pier. Pier fees are charged May - October.

Fishing Pier Fees:

  • ​Sightseeing: $1 resident / $2 non-resident
  • Fishing: $8 resident / $10 non-resident
  • Weekly pier fishing pass: $25 resident / $35 non-resident
  • Annual pier fishing pass: $100

*Children 9 and under are free with paying adult (for fishing)

Fishing Pole Rentals:

$25 for half-day (5 hour) rental

 Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals

​Operated by Wild River Outfitters​ 

Hours (subject to change)​

Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm | May 6 - October 2, 2016

Rental Rates

  • Single kayak: $15/hour
  • Tandem kayak: $25/hour
  • Paddle Board: $15/hour

Ages 6-12 must be in a tandem ka​yak with an adult; ages 13 and up are eligible to paddle a single boat. Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) and paddles will be provided with rental.​


​Parking fees are charged beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Daily Rates

$3/day for Virginia Beach residents
$5/day for non-residents
$10/day for buses/RVs

Parking Passes

Weekly: $25
Monthly: $75
Seasonal (through Labor Day): $75​​


Contact Information

 Dogs on the Beach

​Dogs are welcome to enjoy the beach anytime after Labor Day weekend and before Memorial Day weekend.

From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, dogs are allowed prior to 10 am or after 6 pm.