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Next door to the well known Virginia beach, this beach is located south of the main resort area and is backed by immaculate dunes. Hidden away from the Virginia beach crowds, as people tend to congregate around the beach they know, this beach is a hidden gem. Explore the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,589-acre refuge to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds. Thousands of tundra swans, snow and Canada geese and a large variety of ducks visit the refuge during the fall/winter migration. Year round, the refuge also provides habitat for other wildlife, including such threatened and endangered species as the loggerhead sea turtle, piping plover and recently recovered species like the brown pelican and bald eagle.

The best way to enjoy this beach is to rent a property backing onto the beach.

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