City of Virginia Beach, VA, USA

City of Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Brief History

Virginia Beach is the easternmost and one of the few of the so-called independent cities in the USA located in the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, Commonwealth of Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the state of Virginia, as well as the 39th largest city in the United States with a population of around 447,489 according to the 2012 census. The Hampton Roads area which is also called the “America’s First Region” includes other independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk and other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

Things to Do

Virginia Beach is the place with the best resorts.  Aside from this, it also offers you a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.  Virginia Beach is also known as the Beach for Lovers with a wide area of beach dedicated to the public.  Every weekend you can always expect wonderful events such as the Neptune Festival and the much talked about Rock and Roll Half Marathon plus many more.
If you love the outdoors then Virginia Beach can also offer you a lot such as biking or hiking along the Back Bay National Refuge as well as on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.  The Back Bay National Refuge is a great place for relaxation aside from biking, riding, and walking.  It has more than nine thousand acres of land which consists of woodlands and beaches.  There are also specific places here where you can fish, kayak, and canoe.

When you go to the North River Landing Natural Area, you can also enjoy watching the wildlife. The Virginia Beach Amusement Park is definitely a great place for the kids.  If you are walking along the boardwalk, you can see this park.  They have a variety of rides that can give you a thrill such as a Skyscraper, Inverter, Hurricane plus a lot more.  It is the best entertainment center for the whole family with lots of games and rides.

1. Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Located 2 miles south of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it is a family-friendly Caribbean paradise with 16 water slides to enjoy, a wave pool, and a water playground.  FREE PARKING, FREE SUNSCREEN, and FREE INNER TUBES! Ocean Breeze is open mid-May through early September. Admission tickets are available at many hotels around the area. Group rates, cabanas, and lifeguard camps are available with reservations.

2. Long Time Com'n Charters

Experience chartered fishing out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach through Long Time Com'n Charters offering full and half-day. Captain Dan McClarren, a veteran and experienced boat captain and angler, runs a classic Bertram 33 flying bridge fishing machine. Specializing in family trips fishing along the beach or fishing off-shore for marlin and other game fish at realistically priced and conveniently along the beach! Try it!

3.  Chesapean Outdoors

Chesapean Outdoors is not merely outdoors! It is the Kayak Dolphin Tours, Kayak State Park, Tours Bike Tours, Surf Lessons, and Kayak Rentals Founded in 1996 to adventure travelers around Virginia Beach.  For these reasons, Chesapean Outdoors has developed a reputation as one of the area's finest kayak touring initiatives for dolphin viewing off the coast of Virginia Beach. At 15 solid years later, Chesapean Outdoors not only specializes in guided eco-tours but also offers an assortment of outdoor activities that guarantee fun-filled adventure like no other.

Top Attractions

Most people love to visit Virginia Beach because of their tremendous attractions such as the Cape Henry Lighthouses, Ocean Breeze Water Park plus many more.  The St. Luke’s Church is a very historic place to visit.  Although it is very old since it was built in 1632 but it is still beautiful.  This church which is made of red bricks is considered as the oldest English church in the United States.  Neptune Park is a nice park that you can see while you are walking on the boardwalk.  You can enjoy live music in this park.

1.  Cirquesa Dreamquest

Cirquesa Dreamquest is a dream comes true Theatrical Cirque Experience offered under a Climate-Controlled, European High Tension Structure with theatre-style seating located at The Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This is a 2-hour show playing through Sept. 2, 2013. Cirquesa Dreamquest merges an inspiring storyline with world-class artistry telling the story of a young boy who embarks on a fantasy quest. Fun for the entire family! The production features an extensive assortment of state-of-the-art presentations as well as acrobatics, trapeze, aerial ballet, comedy and daredevil actions featuring artists all over the world.

2. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Come and experience the over 800,000 gallons of one of the greatest aquariums and live animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, where sharks, barracuda, and other aquatic species are very popular attractions. Also explore the hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus don’t miss the 3D IMAX® Theater, of course with a screen six stories tall and eight stories wide, it'd be impossible to miss!

3. Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The boardwalk it’s just a 28-feet wide walkway running parallel with the ocean, and it never closes. It runs lengthways to the beach the Guinness book of World Records and it is also called the longest recreational beach in the world. It consists of lanes for walkers and another for bicycles, rollerblades, and surreys. There are verdant, grassy areas and park benches dotting the landscape in addition to maritime-themed playground areas. There you'll find two amusement parks and bike rentals and two museums narrating the history of Virginia Beach. They are the Atlantic Wildfowl and Heritage Museum and The Old Coast Guard Station. There is also the Virginia Legends Walk, in honor of Virginians who have made important national and world contributions in their lives, such as Capt. John Smith, Robert E. Lee, James Madison, Edgar Allen Poe, Ella Fitzgerald, Arthur Ashe, Douglas MacArthur, Thomas Jefferson among others.

Top Hotels

1. Delta Hotels by Marriott

Escape to our Virginia Beach hotel on Chesapeake Bay

With panoramic water views, DeltaHotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites is an oasis on the shores of the breathtaking Chesapeake Bay. Embrace effortless relaxation in beautifully appointed suites with complimentary Wi-Fi, signature amenities, luxurious bedding, and breathtaking bay views. Thrill your palate with fresh oysters, fish , and coastal cuisine at our distinctive hotel restaurant, featuring inspiring water views. Enjoy an ideal location near diverse water activities on the Chesapeake Bay, near First Landing State Park and Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Host flawless weddings, meetings, and social galas in our dynamic indoor event space or inspiring outdoor venue. After an unforgettable day on our private beach, refresh in the sparkling waters of our outdoor pool or exhilarate your body at our modern hotel fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights. Discover scenic luxury in a beautiful travel destination at our Virginia Beach hotel.

2. The Capes Hotel

...In the heart of the Virginia Beach Resort Area

Your Virginia Beach oceanfront room is waiting for you at The Capes Hotel.  Our family-friendly Virginia Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and many local attractions. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and our warm and friendly staff will help make your Virginia Beach vacation a memorable one.

Watch the world go by while enjoying breakfast or lunch on our oceanfront patio at the Hidden Pearl CafĂ©. Later, take in the view from your private balcony or relax in our inviting indoor pool. You will be delighted with The Capes Hotel’s excellent value and wide selection of accommodation options. No matter what your tastes, you are sure to enjoy the perfect Virginia Beach vacation at The Capes.

3. The Surfbreak Oceanfront Hotel

Inspired by the waves, discover new experiences on the Atlantic coast at the SurfbreakOceanfront Hotel. Designed with a natural connection to the surrounding environment and lending a contemporary shine, the tastefully refined look offers a relaxing escape on Virginia Beach.

Crisp details combine with a modern edge to complement the coastal aesthetic and amplify an inviting elegance that flows throughout the hotel. Design cues were inspired by local attractions and natural landmarks like the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier and Lifesaving Museum. Relax in beautiful rooms and suites with contemporary design, warm colors and balconies overlooking the beach and ocean. Lounge by the outdoor pool, recharge with a bike ride or stroll along the boardwalk to soak up some local color. Embrace beach life your way.

Dining & Restaurants

1. Mannino's Italian Bistro (Chic's Beach)

Location: 4402 Princess Anne Rd. Suite 107 Virginia Beach, VA 23462
The Father / Son Chef team of John Rosario & John Matthew Mannino (Father & Son Respectively) have partnered with Daris Gavin to open new “Olde World” Italian Bistros.  The goal was to give patrons Great Italian food at a reasonable price point with wine choices to match.  We are sure that the Mannino’s Italian Bistro Family will work with great passion & attention to detail to try and ensure that our guests develop a sense of home and comfort while enjoying their dining experience.

2. Route 58 Delicatessen

Location: 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 156 Virginia Beach, VA 23452
The 58 Deli is all about the food and atmosphere. When you walk into the deli, you’ll likely see someone you know. There’s a familiar smell (it might be the corned beef or the half-sour pickles), and the staff knows you, they know your family, your order, your favorites. You can walk in, close your eyes and you’ll know exactly where you are. The 58 Deli.

3. Burton's Grill

Location: 741 First Colonial Rd, Ste 107, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6102
VA is the perfect place for lunch, after-work drinks, dinner inside, or on their outdoor patio. Burton's Grill private dining room seats up to 50 and is great for business functions as well as anniversaries, engagements, showers, and birthdays.

Getting There

1. Airport

The Norfolk International Airport

Virginia Beach is served by the nearby Norfolk International Airport (ORF), located about 20 miles to the west.  About a dozen national and regional airlines offer service here, as do the major national rental car companies.  Carey Transportation, with a stop located outside the terminal’s baggage claim area, offers shuttle service between the airport and Virginia Beach hotels.  Taxis are also readily available at the terminal.  Some offer a flat rate while others run on the meter.  Rates are set by the cities, so rates will vary.

Another option is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), which might be a good choice for those straddling vacation times between Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.  Rental car companies are located in the main terminal, adjacent to the baggage claim.  Drive time to the oceanfront is about 45-minutes.

2. Land Transport

> By Car

When approaching from the west, the easiest routes are Interstate 64, U.S. 460, or U.S. 58. From the north and south, convenient routes are Interstates 85 or 95, and U.S. 17. For a spectacular scenic approach from the north, be sure to check out the world-famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (U.S. 13), a 17-mile span connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach. Please note that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the Elizabeth River Bridge-Tunnel require tolls. These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (Interstate 264) and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

> By Train

Amtrak offers train service into Newport News (with connecting bus service to Virginia Beach). Amtrak bus service is available between the train station and 19th Street and Pacific Avenue. Reservations are required. Call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or visit at www.amtrak.com.

> By Motorcoach or Bus

ROX begins twice-daily round trips between Virginia Beach and Pentagon City aboard luxury motorcoaches in Spring 2020.

The bus service is provided by Greyhound. For schedule and stop information please visit www.greyhound.com, or call toll free at (800) 231-2222.

3. By Water

Water is never far away in Virginia Beach. The city contains 51.3 square miles of water, which takes form in the dozens of rivers, bays, lakes, marsh areas, and fingers of water that flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and home port to the world's largest naval base. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 1. From Virginia Beach, recreational boaters can travel as far north as Boston and south to Brownsville, Texas.

Navigators along the East Coast can reach Virginia Beach by plotting a course on the Intracoastal Waterway or the Atlantic Ocean. For more information about local marinas and slip fees, call 1-800-VA BEACH.

Top Vacation Rentals

1. The White House - Mr. Jim's

Located across the street from the Beach, Boardwalk, and The mighty Atlantic Ocean. Conveniently situated in the heart of the Resort Area and the exclusive North End. Mr. Jim's apartment is a quaint, cozy, and private apartment – a perfect getaway for two. It features one bedroom with a double bed and a fully equipped eat-in kitchen. For reasons of comfort, safety and Health only registered guests permitted and should not at any time exceed the maximum number listed for that unit. The Cottage is not for entertaining others. This apartment is located on the second floor of the White House cottage.

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2 starts from $150/night.

● Sleeps 2
● Small & private
● 1 bedroom
● Full eat-in kitchen
● Bathtub & shower
● Air conditioned
● Cable TV
● Heated pool
● Laundry

● No Pets

Only two blocks south of the 24th Street Stage and the Old Coast Guard Station, Kamla Condominiums are in the heart of the Boardwalk, at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6.

We live upstairs and are your hosts, with our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Ginger. So, please, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask because we want you to enjoy your stay.

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2 starts from $186 /Night.

Best Value Hotels

1. Country Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport South - 5808 Burton Station Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

2. Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport - 745 Northampton Blvd, I-64 at US 13, Exit #282, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
3. The Breakers Resort Inn -  1503 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451