Virginia Beach, Virginia
“Love the Moment” in Virginia Beach all year – especially in the spring and summer months, when the sun shines down warmly on your skin. Those who long to strap on their running shoes and get outdoors after a cold winter will revel in the opportunity to pedal diverse trails or sleep under the stars surrounded by the natural wonders of Virginia Beach. Grab a surfboard, swim through the mighty waves, kayak with dolphins or embark on a sport-fishing adventure. After all of the activity, it’s time to spend lazy days relaxing on sun-drenched beaches or exploring the city’s three-mile oceanfront boardwalk, which boasts a separate bike path that is perfect for strolling, rollerblading, biking or just people-watching. What a life!
|The Resort Area|
During a visit to Virginia Beach, travelers can enjoy three different beach vacations in one city! Those preferring a quiet beach day will find serenity along the Sandbridge area, located on Virginia Beach’s southern shore. Lined with only ocean-view rental homes and located 15 minutes from the main resort area, Sandbridge offers a relaxing beach vacation that remains in proximity to area attractions, festivals and events. Sandbridge also serves as the stage for at Surf & Adventure Co. and Billabong surf camps, where visitors of all ages can learn the fundamentals of surfing in a safe and fun environment, at Little Island Park. Along Virginia Beach’s resort area, the famous three-mile boardwalk and bike path are perfect for strolling, biking or simply taking in beautiful ocean views. Various stages along the boardwalk offer music and entertainment throughout the warmer months every evening. Or, for a more tranquil environment, visit Chesapeake Beach, where swimmers and floaters alike can enjoy the bay’s protected, calm waters. Additionally, with more than 18,600 acres of nature in two state parks and a wildlife refuge, more than 121 navigable miles of waterways and 35 miles of ocean and bay beaches, Virginia Beach offers a variety of landscapes for exploring the great outdoors. Bike through First Landing State Park, Virginia’s most visited state park, or, for a more challenging aquatic adventure, go kayaking to observe bottlenose dolphins as they feed, tail slap and jump among the ocean’s waves.
After days of sun-drenched adventure, indulge in some luxurious R&R with a spa treatment at the Flowering Almond Spa at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The 10,000-square-foot facility offers six treatment rooms, a private conservatory for relaxation and meditation, personal care stations, expanded fitness center and heated indoor pool.
|Enjoying Local Cuisine|
Fuel your days with delectable coastal cuisine, a rich culinary style with fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, mixed with organic produce straight from local Virginia Beach farms. This unique combination means the city’s nearly 300 restaurants, many locally owned and operated; regularly serve fresh ingredients indigenous to the region. For a unique experience, embark on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beyond Tour, part of Virginia’s new Coastal Food Tours program. This three-hour neighborhood-style tour takes visitors from the famous strip that has beckoned vacationers for decades to the serene Rudee Inlet, which boasts some of the best off-the-beaten-path restaurants in the city.
If shopping is your sport, the Virginia Beach Town Center, the area’s downtown district, spans 17 city blocks and features upscale retail shops, including Cache, Bevello, LOFT and Origins, among others. Town Center also features outdoor cafes, restaurants and nightlife, along with business-class and deluxe hotels. Virginia Beach is also home to Lynnhaven Mall and the Hilltop shopping area. Approximately five minutes from the oceanfront, the Hilltop area features several shopping centers with stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Borders, Talbots and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, in addition to local favorites. Along Atlantic Avenue, visitors will also find quaint boutiques and souvenir shops.
|Town Center in Virginia Beach|
Finally, enjoy the many cultural celebrations, live musical performances, action-packed events and diverse festivals that take place year-round in Virginia Beach, bringing the sights, sounds and flavors of the world to the oceanfront. Test your endurance with half- and full marathons and several other races, or sip wines by the sea at a variety of wine and beer festivals throughout the year.
Virginia Beach is an accommodating destination, with more than 11,000 hotel rooms, more than 1,800 campsites and several hundred vacation homes for rent – most with ocean or bay-front views. For more information or to request a complimentary vacation guide, click on the link below to visit our website, or call 1-800-VA-BEACH.