Directions to Virginia Beach / Rudee Inlet
from the Chesapeake Bay or the North along
the coast should use Cape Henry as a waypoint.
Rudee Inlet is roughly five miles South,
at the end of the resort strip.
Vessels approaching from the South along
the coast should use the Sandbridge section
of Virginia Beach as a waypoint. It's
the first community encountered in Virginia
waters and Rudee Inlet is roughly 10 miles
The "R1" buoy
is one nautical mile East of the inlet
at 75° 56.84' West and 36° 50.05'
North. Its Loran TDs are 27151/41214.
You enter Lake Rudee through
the inlet. Steer North toward the bridge.
Steer West past the bridge and sail to
the last fuel pier, roughly 200 yards.
You'll see a protected cove and Inlet
Station's two restaurants, Rudee's and
Rockafeller's. Our Dock Master has a shack
on the fuel pier and will quickly assist
you with docking.
Virginia Beach is easily
reached from Richmond and Washington
by taking I-64 East. Drivers coming from
the North Carolina Coastal Plain
can take I-95, U.S. 158, or U.S. 301 to
reach U.S.58, which leads into I-64. Route
168 from the Outer Banks also leads
to I-64. Take I-64 to I-264 to Virginia
Beach. Take the expressway to its end
(shown in yellow) and you'll be on 21st
Street in Virginia Beach. Count two traffic
lights and take a right onto Mediterranean
Avenue. Take Mediterranean to its end
and you'll be at Inlet Station.
Drivers coming through
the Eastern Shore should take U.S.
13 to the Cheaspeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Follow signs at its end for U.S. 60, which
is Shore Drive, and the Resort Strip.
Shore Drive becomes Atlantic Avenue at
Cape Henry, and later leads into Pacific
Avenue at 42nd Street.
The key is to keep
going straight once you leave the bridge-tunnel
until you reach 5th Street/Winston-Salem
Avenue, just before the bridge at the
end of the resort strip. Turn right and
drive to the end of Winstom-Salem to reach
Inlet Station. This approach is
shown in orange.