Virginia Beach is the easternmost and one of the few of the so-called independent city in the USA located in the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, Commonwealth of Virginia, at the mouth of 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 and Activities:
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 the Skyscraper, Inverter, Hurricane plus a lot more. It is the best entertainment center for the whole family with lots of games and rides.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
The boardwalk it’s just a 28-feet wide walkway running parallel with the ocean, and it never close. 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, roller blades, 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.
Bar & Restaurants:
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.
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.
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. Burtons Grill private dining room seats up to 50 and is great for business functions as well as anniversaries, engagements, showers, and birthdays.
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 baggage claim. Drive time to the oceanfront is about 45-minutes.
Top Vacation Rentals:
1. The White House - Mr. Jim's -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2 starts from $100/night.
2. B-203 Forever Summer –
Home Rental. 2 Bedrooms, sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms starts from $100/night
3. 204 Sandbridge Rd, #107 -
Condo/Apartment. 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms starts from $100
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