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Virginia Beach Area Features

Virginia Beach: A Premier Vacation Destination in the Old Dominion State

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

Welcome to Virginia Beach. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, this coastal city is one that people travel great distances to visit. They come to play on its shores and in the water. As the most populated city in the Old Dominion State, Virginia Beach is renowned for its engaging activities, beautiful scenery, wide-open natural environments and vibrant urban areas. The city really does have something for everyone. After all, Virginia Beach offers quiet, rural locations as well as sprawling cityscapes within its boundaries. This is why people from around the world choose Virginia Beach as an ideal vacation getaway.Welcome to Virginia Beach. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, this coastal city is one that people travel great distances to visit. They come to play on its shores and in the water. As the most populated city in the Old Dominion State, Virginia Beach is renowned for its engaging activities, beautiful scenery, wide-open natural environments and vibrant urban areas. The city really does have something for everyone. After all, Virginia Beach offers quiet, rural locations as well as sprawling cityscapes within its boundaries. This is why people from around the world choose Virginia Beach as an ideal vacation getaway.

Find Your Ideal Beach

When it comes to options for sunbathing, Virginia Beach has three different beaches to choose from: the resort area, Chic’s Beach, and Sandbridge. Each has a special charm that attracts varying types of vacationers.

The resort area along the oceanfront is the most popular place to stay for vacationing visitors. Exceptional shopping, thrilling things to do, local culture, and exquisite dining can all be found dotted among the tall hotels that line the beach.  Plus, there’s the Virginia Beach Boardwalk which has repeatedly been named one of best boardwalks in the United States by countless travel publications. With the lighthearted atmosphere that flourishes here, it’s easy to understand why. Throughout the year, you’ll find people enjoying Virginia Beach’s boardwalk. They walk romantically hand-in-hand, pedal together on a family bike (called a surrey), jog for exercise, stop in a shop or museum, or simply sit on a bench and take it all in. A trip to Virginia Beach would not be complete without a stroll on the boardwalk. It’s the best way to enjoy the hot sun, tempting aromas and salt air that are complemented by the roaring ocean and miles of scenic sandy beaches.

On the shores of the Chesapeake Bay you’ll find Chic’s Beach. This is a quieter, more residential beach than its neighbor to the southeast, the resort area. Here, you’ll find fishing boats hauling in their catch. There are only a few hotels to choose from, but the area is great for families with small children since the waves on the bay aren’t as strong as on the oceanfront. This area is also known for its selection of local restaurants offering fresh seafood and refreshing tropical drinks. Some may consider these establishments as a bit of a bar scene, but the food is outstanding and families are definitely welcome.

Finally, for those who want the thrill of the ocean’s waves with natural seclusion, Sandbridge is the place. Just south of the resort area and extending to the North Carolina state line are natural splendors such as a wildlife refuge, unspoiled bays and marshlands, and uncrowded beaches. Expansive vacation houses can be rented for large family gatherings on the northern tip of Sandbridge, and there are smaller rentals for more intimate family vacations scattered along the beach.   

In addition to learning the lay of the land, you’ll find that Virginia Beach offers visitors a welcoming culture. The good-natured people, delicious local cuisine, and many other talents and specialties of the region keep vacationers coming back time and again.

Get to Know Us!

The people you will find in Virginia Beach are pretty diverse. You’ll find some people who have spent their entire lives here; however, many of the “locals” were born out-of-state (or country) but have chosen Virginia Beach as their home. Though some moved here for work or school, many call this area home because of the military. Virginia Beach is proud to have within its borders multiple military bases including Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck and Fort Story. It’s impossible to miss the roar of jet engines as they zoom over the oceanfront or the sight of a naval vessel in local waters and not feel pride in our nation—and the locals are patriotic. Overall, you’ll find the citizens of Virginia Beach to be helpful and welcoming. The people are generally friendly and the city still maintains a bit of its Southern charm.

Tip: Visitors can witness the military might of the Hampton Roads region when they see the armed forces in action. For a closer look, air shows, festivals and holidays including Memorial Day and the 4th of July present the power of the armed forces and further inspire a heightened sense of patriotism.

Taste the Good Life

Food lovers delight at the abundance of independently owned restaurants to choose from—many on the water. Locally caught seafood and fresh produce from nearby farms are highlighted on many restaurant menus throughout Virginia Beach. Creative chefs expertly blend these ingredients to engage the senses and tempt your taste buds. Pair your meal with a craft beer from the area, a cocktail made with liquor from a local distillery, or any one of the hundreds of nationally acclaimed Virginia wines. Whether you dine in an intimate romantic setting or at a beachside tiki bar, a feast of your own design is in reach.

Enjoy Yourself!

There are many opportunities for family fun around practically every corner. Of course, the beach is probably the most popular attraction but there are quite a few other things that groups of all ages can do together. Take your pick of attractions from escape rooms to arcades and amusement parks to an aquarium. Indoors and out, entertainment abounds.

Patrons of the arts do not have to look far for cultural activities or performances while staying in the resort area. Museum exhibits, festivals, concerts and play productions take place in Virginia Beach with regularity. Indoors or out, there are numerous venues to choose from offering both free and ticketed events.

History enthusiasts will find many sites to explore that were witness to major events in our state’s and nation’s past. Not too many places can claim to be the start of a new world. However, at First Landing State Park, it’s possible to step on the same tract of land where Captain John Smith first came ashore in the founding of the first permanent English colony in what came to be called America. A commemorative monument marks the site and can be seen while visiting Fort Story. More history can be found in local museums and in some of the restored colonial houses that still stand today.

There are so many things to love about Virginia Beach; it’s no wonder that people from around the world choose to vacation here—and some choose to stay. From its urban areas filled with popular shops and restaurants to its natural reserves where outdoor activities abound, the city is as diverse as the people who live here. No matter what interests you or your family, Virginia Beach has it all. So, with open arms, welcome to our city!

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