Nature Supplies Charm and Thrills
The first English-speaking settlers had the right idea way back in 1607 – Virginia Beach is the ideal place to land. Tucked between the Atlantic shoreline and Chesapeake Bay, there’s a special beauty and way of life here that continues to draw visitors close to nature. While currents supply our waters with a great variety of fish, a mild climate makes for year-round opportunities to be on the water, whether it’s on the ocean or paddling inland waterways. The trails of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge are favorite hiking paths, while Virginia’s most visited state park, First Landing State Park, marks the spot of the Jamestown settlers’ arrival to the continent. Its beaches are as welcoming as they were four centuries ago. Lucky for you, now there’s beach cruisers to pedal your way through old growth forests and well-marked trails to guide you.
You’ll live the beach life throughout Virginia Beach with free access to wide sandy beaches and more fun in the sun than one trip can handle. Cruise the three-mile boardwalk and relax on the beach – the classic American seaside vacation is right here on Virginia’s southeast coast, only a 3.5-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and just 15 minutes from Norfolk International Airport. Families love the festive atmosphere of the boardwalk and resort area, with summer nights filled with song and no shortage of classic American treats. You’ll find every flavor of beach indulgence here, from farm-fresh berries on your plate to wild amusement park rides. Imagine days soaking up the sun and playing in the surf, nights taking in free entertainment along the boardwalk and tasting just-caught coastal cuisine.
Whether you choose a Resort Area hotel, the coastal village charm of a Sandbridge Beach cottage or a sunset view on the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach delivers on every front. Outdoor activities and favorite attractions like Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offer unmatched views of nature. Dolphin watching is sure to become your new favorite thing. Just be ready for the thrill of a lifetime, as an ocean kayak excursion can turn into a memorable dolphin encounter at any time. Boat tours, rentals and charters give you access to some of the finest fishing on the East Coast. Learn to surf, kayak or paddleboard with local surf camps and outfitters – experts at making you comfortable on the water.