Water, water everywhere
Love water and water views? You can’t beat the Williamsburg area.
If you enjoy hiking, Jamestown Island is a great place to visit, walk along the James River and take in a history lesson on how the USA was settled. Or, if you just want to watch the sun set, sun bathe on the beach, or sail the York River on a tall ship, Yorktown river landing is a winner.
Interested in biking? Colonial Parkway with its views of both the York and James is a fabulous, but quite long thoroughfare with minimal vehicular traffic. If kayaking is your thing rent one at the Chickahominy River Park.
Further afield, Virginia Beach is a great day trip for sun and sand lovers. Virginia Beach boasts 35 miles of coastline from the Chesapeake Bay, the Resort Area on the ocean coast (including one of the best boardwalks around) and the East Coast beach hideaway of Sandbridge.
If 2.5 hours isn’t too much of a drive for you, there’s also the Outer Banks of North Carolina with 200 miles of beaches and sand dunes.
Perhaps you want a water view from your kitchen? The Kingsmill and Governor’s Land communities feature beaches and marinas. You can build your own dock on Uncles Neck, which offers large lots right on the spectacular and private Chickahominy. Ford’s Colony has a beautiful nature area (or swamp) and Queen’s Lake is bordered by Queens Creek to the North and West offering stunning and expansive views.
Of course, there’s much, much more – you’ll have to visit and find your favorite waterview!