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Living a Resort Community Lifestyle in Colonial Beach, Virginia

Colonial Beach and nearby Potomac Beach are  a very famous old beach resort on the Potomac River in northeastern Virginia. The birthplaces of Presidents Washington and Monroe are nearby. During the 19th Century it was. Alexander Graham Bell maintained a summer home in Colonial Beach.  When the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built it opened up the ocean beaches of eastern Maryland, which helped lead to Colonial Beach's decline. The town is still recovering to some extent. Population is just under 4,000. The area is filled with history and the scenery at this, the second largest beach in Virginia, is pretty spectacular. 

Where to Retire in Colonial Beach and Home Prices

The median home value in Colonial Beach was $254,379 in early 2022, according to Zillow. Places near the water will be more, but are good bargains for the area for waterfront. There is a waterfront town home community here, see link at top left to Colonial Beach Active Communities.

What Is Special about Colonial Beach

Colonial Beach is an and historic town as well as having some of the best beaches in Virginia.

What Is Not Special about Colonial Beach

Some commentators of a few years ago knocked the schools and the down at the heels feel of the downtown. But since then the town has been getting nicer and nicer. See Comments from Sally at end of this review.

Climate and Physical Environment

Colonial Beach is a large beach on the Potomac, across the river from Maryland. Richmond is the nearest big city, about an hour away. Average January temp is in the mid 30's and average July temp in high 70s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

One Topretirments Member reports the town has a vibrant arts community, updated amenities for the beach including several marinas, and truly friendly people. There are wineries, numerous historical sites, massive murals, fantastic food, and numerous festivals in this little town. For more culture Washington and Richmond are not that far away


The crime rate is about one half the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospital is about 24 miles in Tappahannock, Va.


Reagan Airport and the Richmond airports are less than 50 miles. Golf carts are a popular way to get around.

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