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Spend Your Vacation at Rudee Inlet!

Just a few blocks away from the Oceanfront is the beautiful Rudee Inlet. Though it may seem nestled away from the bustle of the resort area, there is much to see, do and even taste here. The calm water hosts marinas, watersports, and activity seekers, while the panoramic views and gentle breezes set the scene for spectacular outdoor dining at venues on the water. Just follow 5th Street, which becomes Winston Salem Ave., back into the inlet to discover Virginia Beach’s hidden treasure and enjoy all that it has to offer.

If you love water sports, Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals is the place for you. Family owned and operated since 1985, they provide the most exciting watersport choices in the resort area and the most up-to-date equipment. With the largest riding area and the shortest distance to the ocean, you can jet over waves on a solo Waverunner or rent one to ride with a friend or two. Take the family out on a sport boat for the day or rent a kayak to leisurely explore the inlet. Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals is also home to awesome Banana Boat Rides. You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face while aboard a banana boat. They even offer paddleboard rentals and lessons at their kiosk next to Big Sam’s Restaurant.

As visitors watch the fishing boats come and go from the marinas along the inlet, some people may want to tag along on the voyage. If this sounds enticing, climb aboard the Rudee Mariner or the Rudee Angler. Operated by Rudee Tours out of the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, these vessels make it possible for the whole family to enjoy dropping a line in the Atlantic year-round. Cast a line and see what you can catch on a fishing expedition. Choose a full-day, half-day or night-fishing trip in a comfortable, air-conditioned boat. The custom-built boats are complete with a few modern luxuries to make your trip more enjoyable, and everything is supplied — even the fishing license!

For more fun on the water, check out two of the other boating adventures offered by Rudee Tours. Thrill seekers can take off on the Rudee Rocket — wet, wild fun! Aboard this vessel, passengers will love the view and the experience of racing through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean at top speeds. Wear a swimsuit, bring your camera and get ready for adventure. However, if you prefer a more leisurely tour, go aboard the Rudee Flipper to witness the awesome sights and sounds of the sea. Delight in watching bottlenose dolphins and other marine life on a day or sunset cruise. Plus, both vessels will guarantee dolphin sightings from Memorial Day through Labor Day or the next ride is free. Save some time and book these adventures online.

Want to see Virginia Beach from a fantastic and memorable vantage point? If so, visit Adventure Parasail. They are Virginia Beach’s original parasail company since 1985. Their experienced U.S. Coast Guard Master Captains and professional crew do everything for you. They have a perfect safety record with thousands of satisfied customers. There are no age limits and no skills are required to take a single, double or triple flight. Fly 600, 800, or even 1,000 feet if you dare! Gentle takeoffs and landings from the boat are dry, but there is no extra charge for “dipping” or “water-walking.” Stay dry or get wet, it’s your choice.

For another great high-altitude view, check out Pirate Parasail. This company will take you soaring above the Virginia Beach oceanfront in groups of 1, 2 or 3 and at multiple heights. Maintaining a perfect safety record, their U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and crew will make your trip a vacation highlight. It’s fun for the entire family, and you can’t beat the view.

Climb aboard the pirate ship, Lost Pearl, for a family fun adventure on the high seas! With Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure, everyone will be entertained with lots of interactive “pirate” fun while searching for Blackbeard’s ghost and stolen treasure. Snacks and beverages are available on board, including a full bar for the big pirates. Adults—don’t despair as there is fun for you as well, with weekend “Parrot Head” and “Club 21+” party cruises! The ship is docked at Inlet Station Marina on Mediterranean Avenue.

After all of this excitement and activity on the water, it’s time to refuel the body.

Stroll into one of the local restaurants to feast on a delicious meal while enjoying fabulous views of the inlet. Warm breezes and spectacular sunsets make your dining experience unforgettable!

Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar has three outside decks all overlooking scenic Rudee Inlet—plus their “always happening” outdoor Cabana Bar where you can watch the sunset from their gliding tables. The restaurant offers diners fresh seafood from Virginia’s coast and an outstanding raw bar. Whether you crave she-crab soup, steamed shrimp, a juicy sirloin, or an overstuffed sandwich, Rudee’s is the place to go. For indoor/outdoor dining, Rudee’s on the  Inlet is a “must visit” for lunch, dinner and even Sunday brunch.

At Rockafeller’s Restaurant, you are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the view, especially since they offer one of the best views of the inlet. Noted for their fresh seafood, oysters Rockafeller and no-filler crab cakes, Rockafeller’s has been satisfying people’s appetites for over 20 years! They offer plenty of specials including daily Chalkboard Specials, Early Bird Specials, and nightly specials such as Monday night’s Prime Rib Special, or Thursday night’s “Maine Event” with two 1-lb. whole Maine lobsters. Start your Sunday off right with brunch. Perhaps a crab Benedict and a Bloody Mary will set the tone for a Sunday-fun day with friends!

Rudee Inlet is a one-stop destination for adventure, fun on the water, and delicious food served in a beautiful setting. Plus, it’s just around the corner from the oceanfront with easy access by foot, car or bike. Locals frequent the inlet and tourists think of it as a perfect mini vacation spot. Come to Rudee Inlet and experience the good things in life!

Check out our Rudee Inlet Map for a lay of the land.

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