Virginia's Beach: Erie, PA
VB's website advertises two beaches: the "sandy" beach and the "rocky" beach. They claim that beach conditions vary based on the Lake and weather. This is BUNK and flat-out MISLEADING. The rocky beach consists of stairs leading to a long concrete slab with rusted metal cords sticking out. It's a three foot drop from that in to the lake where large rocks with jagged-looking edges wait for you. Mind the waves, too, or they will slap you against the concrete. The sandy beach should be re-named the "pile of rocks and driftwood" beach. Is sand there? Sure. Here and there--in between the aforementioned rocks and driftwood. The water here is much like the other with flat/slippery or jagged-edged rocks everywhere. DO NOT trust the carefully taken pictures on their website. Would I swim there? If I were a single adult and feeling adventurous, maybe. Otherwise, no. And it's definitely NOT FOR CHILDREN.
A complete and total lack of professionalism. After learning about the real status of the beaches on site and the fact that I had a 40-mile round trip drive (after driving 245 miles across the state) to the nearest beach, I asked for a refund. I did this via cellphone from Presque Isle (I wanted to see what the drive and location here was like before asking for a refund in fairness to VB). The woman who answered took an offensive tone and stated "We don't do refunds for anyone." I tried to explain my thoughts about VB's beaches to which she replied "Oh, you can swim there." I then tried to express my concern about safety. She cut me off mid-sentence nearly shouting "I'm dealing with other people right now. No refunds." She then hung up on me. Not wanting to risk eating the $300 we SAVED for and SPENT on our cabin, we decided to stay at VB and just suck up the 40-mile round trip drive to the beaches while there.
Bottom line: Campers beware.