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Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

St. Louis
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Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

My husband and I are visiting Suffolk,VA for a few days next month and are having anniversary pictures taken by a photographer in Portsmouth. Any thoughts on a neary by beach that would make for a great back drop? We are hopping for one that is not crazy crowded.

Would Viriginia Beach be too far to ask our photographer to drive? Is there a beach or other beautiful scenery that would be ideal for a backdrop. We love history and any historic but beautiful areas (aka plantations or historic areas of Norfolk or Portsmouth with beautiful architecture would be great. Thank you!

Chesapeake, VA
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for Virginia Beach
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1. Re: Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

The beach in Portsmouth is along the West Norfolk bridge, but it's not pretty. First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is surprising in its variety of settings: beach, fields of "wheat," hiking paths dripping with Spanish moss. Lovely! But if you think your photographer will not want to travel, consider the Bennetts Creek Park off Shoulders Hill Road. Or anyplace in downtown Portsmouth would be pretty: the waterfront, old houses on Middle Street and well, any street. www.visitportsva.com/historicalsites.html Portsmouth City Park has some lovely gardens and you can catch some river views as an alternative to beach.

Virginia Beach...
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2. Re: Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

It's not a beach, but Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield is along the Pagan River and is quite scenic. If your photographer is local they will be familiar with the park, trail and downtown Smithfield. Here are reviews and photos from TA reviews (incl mine).......

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g58187-d26…

Hope this helps

St. Louis
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3. Re: Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

Thank you Wendymath and Goneagain2!!

4. Re: Beach close to Portsmouth, VA

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