Ocean Breeze Beach

Known Name(s)

Ocean Breeze Beach


Lynnhaven, VA

Physical Status



This was located somewhere within the Baylake Pines community; it was a 75 acre tract that ran between the shoreline and Shore Drive, alongside Lake Joyce. Ad photo courtesy of Brian Katen. Debra McClane also provided information on the site. 

Detailed History

John C. Davis, a white businessman, opened the resort in 1933. The African American newspaper, The Norfolk Journal and Guide, covered the 1933 opening: “The informal opening, on May 30, will make history for Norfolk as this will be the first time that Negroes will have had a local beach worthy of note.” Norfolk Southern Bus Co ran a line from downtown, charging riders 35 cents.

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