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Visiting Virginia Beach

Busy year-round, Virginia Beach lures 2.7 million vacationers every year with rich history, a 59-block boardwalk, fabulous golf, and just about every water sport you can imagine. And then of course there’s the beach itself—35 miles of sand and sea. In recent years, this Navy town has gone from raucous to family-friendly. Although there’s still plenty of nightlife to go around, popular attractions like the Ocean Breeze Water Park and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center have helped make Virginia Beach a full-blown family extravaganza.

If you’re coming to the area for a family vacation, consider one of the many kid-friendly hotels; if your entourage is adults-only, there are plenty of Virginia Beach hotels and resorts geared toward those looking to relax. Either way, don’t miss... Read More
Busy year-round, Virginia Beach lures 2.7 million vacationers every year with rich history, a 59-block boardwalk, fabulous golf, and just about every water sport you can imagine. And then of course there’s the beach itself—35 miles of sand and sea. In recent years, this Navy town has gone from raucous to family-friendly. Although there’s still plenty of nightlife to go around, popular attractions like the Ocean Breeze Water Park and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center have helped make Virginia Beach a full-blown family extravaganza.

If you’re coming to the area for a family vacation, consider one of the many kid-friendly hotels; if your entourage is adults-only, there are plenty of Virginia Beach hotels and resorts geared toward those looking to relax. Either way, don’t miss the notable seafood restaurants, especially those on the beach.

This area is even a good time in the off-season; read one traveler’s journal about a wonderful November trip to see what beauty winter brings. No matter when you plan to go, IgoUgo travelers’ photos will help you check out the Virginia Beach scene before you head out. Then find a flight and start packing the sunscreen—or the woolen socks.    Close

Stories and Tips Virginia Beach

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Fun-Loving Virginia Beach

Written by vampirefan on 18 Jan, 2006

No matter what time of year you come, you will find Virginia Beach offering up something for each visitor. With more than 20 miles of shoreline and a boardwalk that is 3 miles long, you will find something to keep you entertained from sun up…Read More


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The Gulls of Mount Trashmore

Written by Idler on 22 Dec, 2002

DO NOT FEED THE WILDFOWL (sign prominently posted at the edge of Lake Trashmore)Sunday’s quiet is rent by a cacophony of screeches, honks, and hisses. Hundreds of ducks, geese, and gulls are afloat and aflap on the surface of Lake Trashmore. We’ve…Read More


Lighthouses - dolphins - Spanish moss

Written by KLynch on 20 Jul, 2004

Both Cape Henry Lighthouses are located within Ft. Story (US ARMY) at North end of beach. Follow Atlantic north to bend in road. Turn off to right and continue to follow the beach to Ft. Story. Heightened security due to war and terrorism…Read More


Getting to the beach....

Written by not2creative on 08 Aug, 2005

The most direct way to get to VA Beach from Washington D.C. is I-95 South to I-64 across the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to I-264 - The Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway. However, there can be a lot of traffic on I-64, which moves slowly. An…Read More


Summer Nightlife--Holiday Celebrations

Written by MARCH50 on 01 Feb, 2006

In the summer months, from May until Labor Day, every weekend there is the most exciting and impressive fireworks display at the beach. It can be seen from ANY hotel room or the boardwalk (where you can rollerblade, rent tandem bikes, etc.). I personally enjoyed sitting…Read More


Land Sharks

Written by jazzpur on 06 Jun, 2006

If there is one thing that I hate the most on vacation, it is people constantly try to sell you timeshares or vacation rentals. On the first day, we could not walk down 2 city blocks without some college aged guy asking us "where are…Read More


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Fun for the Family

Written by ColettePenland on 15 Jan, 2005

Now, I didn't bring a family.  It was my husband and me only, but we are very young at heart.  We LOVE video games.  And did we ever find a haven to go to for that outlet--Flipper McCoys (I don't know if it is still…Read More


Late Winter was like Early Summer

Written by ahodesblatt on 05 Jun, 2004

We have Week #9 (the first week of March) at VA Beach. We are not sun and surf people, so we don't mind being at the beach in the off-season. Actually, everything is more relaxing without the beach crowds. This year, the…Read More


Williamsburg

Written by EPearl on 20 Oct, 2002

For those of you with an interest in history, this particular area is chock full. Besides Colonial Williamsburg, there are other historic areas nearby, including Yorktown and Jamestown. It is a very easy drive from Virginia Beach and could easily be done as…Read More


Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel

Written by EPearl on 14 Jul, 2002

No matter how many times we use this connection, I am amazed at its construction. It is truly a feat in human engineering. For 17 miles, you alternate between driving over and then under the water. The Chesapeake Bay is truly a…Read More


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