Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is resort city in southeast Virginia on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Understand

Virginia Beach offers the classic beach vacation, and maintains a long-standing reputation as a family-friendly oceanfront resort. Visitors are greeted by a 300-foot wide beach lined by Virginia Beach’s three-mile concrete oceanfront Boardwalk. The resort offers a mild climate year-round. Itineraries include lazy days on the beach, the state parks and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge beckon, hiking, kayaking, and biking adventures. Fishing, golfing, whale watching, dolphin watching, historic landmarks, and exciting attractions and popular events are part of the Beach experience.

History

Virginia Beach, prior to 1963 known as Princess Ann County, was formed in 1691.

Get in

By plane

Virginia Beach is served by Norfolk International (IATA: ORF) in neighboring Norfolk, which is just west of the border between the two cities.

By car

If you are coming from the Delmarva Peninsula, or anywhere northeast of it, the fastest way to drive to Virginia Beach is down Delmarva Peninsula, onto U.S. Route 13, and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

If you are coming from anywhere northwest or west of the area, the fastest way is along Interstate 64.

Coming from the south or southwest, it is easiest to take Interstate 85 or 95 to US 58.

By train

While Virginia Beach has no train station, nearby Newport News has at least two daily trains both to and from Boston. Amtrak provides a connecting shuttle bus to Virginia Beach. There is now and AMTRAK station in nearby downtown Norfolk.

By Bus

Sprinter Bus operates daily service between Virginia Beach and Dover (Delaware) ($35) and New York City ($45). Their phone number is: 1-757-456-5555. In Dover, catch the bus at 1131 North Dupont Hwy, Dover. In New York City, catch the bus at 201 West 37th St. in Times Square. Buses drop you off at 5461 Wesleyan Dr., about two miles east of Norfolk International Airport. If you want to take the local HRT bus to the beachfront you will need to take the number 22 bus to Newtown Road light rail station and transfer to the 20 bus going east.

Get around

Virginia Beach is easily traverseable during the off-season but not during the main season by car. Thè Boardwalk is traversable by walking or biking. Surreys are popular and can fit from 2 to 7 people. Bike and Surrey rentals are all along the Boardwalk and Atlantic avenue. For getting around by bus use the Hampton Roads Transit Website,. It uses google maps to plan public transit trips. Bus fare is $1.50 per ride.

If you are staying at the Oceanfront, there are a few ways to get around the beach area, including the trolley and bus system operated by Hampton Roads Transit. If you want to explore other areas in Hampton Roads, the best way is to rent a car.

See

Do

Buy

The city is home to Lynnhaven Mall and Hilltop Shopping Center. Approximately five minutes from the oceanfront, the Hilltop area contains several smaller shopping centers with national brand stores and smaller boutiques. Virginia Beach’s newest downtown area, Town Center, spans 17 city blocks and provides a mix of upscale retail, luxury residential, and an array of cafes and restaurants, along with business-class and deluxe hotels. Blue Taxi Clothing Company, Blanc and STAC are three locally-owned boutiques in Town Center with designer clothes and high-end merchandise.

Eat

Drink

Catch 31 at the Hilton at 31st Street is a popular new hangout for young professionals and tourists alike. There is an indoor and outdoor bar, with fire pits outside. Bands often play at the adjacent park.

Red Star Tavern at Town Center is another popular hangout spot for locals. It is usually crowded on weekends, and has a great bar menu. Town Center usually is pretty vibrant at night, in general. Other popular spots include Gordon Biersch, Sonoma Wine Bar and Guadalajara.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cope

Consulates

Go next

Routes through Virginia Beach

Richmond Norfolk  W  E  Chesapeake END
Chesapeake Norfolk  W  E  END
Salisbury Cape Charles  N  S  Norfolk Greenville
Richmond Norfolk  W  E  END


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