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We return to Virginia Beach year after year not only for the beautiful stretches of surf and sand we find here, but also for the warmth and hospitality of the community. Whether you crave an adrenaline-filled trip along the trails and waterways, a fun place to bond with your family, or a romantic escape filled with quiet moments and exquisite tastes, the experiences offered by Resort Beach, Sandbridge Beach, and Chesapeake Bay Beach offer something for every travel personality.
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Cycling along Sandbridge Beach is one of our favorite ways to get to know the serene side of Virginia Beach. Here, you’ll find miles of trails and marshes right by the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. And lodgings in the Sandbridge Beach area are laid-back too: Rental homes and condos offering ocean views and the chance to live like a (lucky) local in one of the East Coast’s more beautiful beach towns.
Anyone who has spent time in Virginia Beach has marveled at the bottlenose dolphins that ply the local waters year-round, often putting on quite a show for lucky visitors. But from May through October, you can actually get out there on the water and see them up close on a guided kayaking excursion. You’ll be led to one of the dolphins' favorite feeding grounds, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, for some thrilling close encounters (not to mention photo ops!).
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Kids and grownups alike flock to the Striped Bass Capital of the World for Virginia Beach’s incredible fishing opportunities. The area’s mix of freshwater, saltwater, and brackish estuaries (a mix of fresh- and saltwater) means an extraordinary variety of angling (and dining!) experiences. The marquee fish here is, of course, the striped bass (known locally as “rockfish”), but you’ll also have the chance to land flounder, sea bass, trout, mahimahi, and more. There are ample charter fishing experiences offered and four fishing piers.
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For those of us who’ve been lucky enough to vacation here, Virginia Beach’s iconic stretch of boardwalk is the first image that comes to mind when recalling an awesome trip: The three-mile boardwalk is the heart of the Resort Beach area, where hotels, sand, surf, and an amusement park all rub elbows. But the boardwalk also doubles as a great place for runners and cyclists to get their fitness fix, for diners to take their pick of local seafood, and for such must-sees as Grommet Island, the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and the Old Coast Guard Station.
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The open waters of Sandbridge Beach beckon visitors who want to try kayaking, surfing, or paddleboarding. But there’s also the opportunity to plant yourself in the sand and enjoy doing nothing at all for a while.
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When you’re located at the mouth of America’s largest and most diverse estuary (Chesapeake Bay), you’re gonna have lots of seafood to choose from. From the legendary Lynnhaven oysters to the huge striped bass (known here as “rockfish” and sometimes weighing in at 40 or more pounds!), not to mention blue crab, clams, and shrimp, you could stay in Virginia Beach for weeks and never eat the same delicious seafood twice. Spring visitors may want to time their visit to the annual She-Crab Soup Classic, where dozens of top chefs compete in cooking up the creamy southern favorite.
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Virginia Beach’s parkland offers a quieter kayaking experience than the open-water dolphin excursions, and the parks are also popular with hikers and cyclists. Here, you may see songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl like ducks, and a famed population of 10,000 snow geese. While exploring the parks, you should also be on the lookout for otters, foxes, bald eagles, and even feral pigs and wild horses! We are big fans of the tram that transports visitors to the heart of the parks from April through October, allowing their nature exploration to begin on an eco-friendly note.
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If you’re looking for a family-bonding experience, the rental homes and gorgeous stretch of beach at Sandbridge Beach may be exactly what you need.
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Ready to try stand-up paddleboarding (also known as SUP)? With the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Lynnhaven River, and other famed waterways, the Virginia Beach area abounds with places to rent all sorts of water-sports equipment and to take lessons. Whether you’re a true adrenaline junkie or just craving some active time out on the water, you can take your pick of (take a deep breath): swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding, windsurfing, hydro-boarding, jet-skiing, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, and more.
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With beautiful ocean vistas, fine dining, and great hotels all lined up along the beach, Virginia Beach’s Resort Beach area may be the perfect spot for your next girlfriend getaway.
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We’ve loved staying at the oceanfront hotels in Virginia Beach, where you may see dolphins from your hotel window and are always just steps away from hitting the boardwalk, getting sand in your shoes, or wading into the Atlantic.
You can experience one of the most endangered habitats on earth, a “maritime forest” at False Cape State Park. The 4,321-acre park offers six miles of beachfront with habitats that range from ocean to freshwater and include dunes, woodland, salt marsh, and swamp.
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Chesapeake Bay Beach provides beach lovers with gentle waves that are perfect for those traveling with little ones who want to splash and swim, build sandcastles, or try some water sports (like stand-up paddleboarding!) in a relaxed environment. One of our favorite pieces of trivia (and a great insider travel tip) about Virginia Beach’s Chesapeake Bay Beach is that you can see both the sunset and sunrise there.
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Like romantic strolls? We do too. Set aside a few hours for beautiful First Landing State Park, with more than 2,800 acres fronting Chesapeake Bay and more than 19 miles of interpretive trails through marshes, ponds, beaches, and even cypress swamp. The park, the most visited state park in Virginia, commemorates the initial landing of British explorers (who, just like visitors today, marveled at the array of seafood available!) and is a great example of the “maritime forest” habitat.
 
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Virginia Beach’s Resort Beach boardwalk will delight the kids during the day with its carnival atmosphere and rides. After dark, the boardwalk’s sites and tastes may bring out the kid in grownups too.
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Pack your selfie stick! The popular sculpture of Neptune, the mythological god of the sea, stands 34 feet tall in cast bronze and welcomes all Virginia Beach visitors to pose for a shot.
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As if Virginia Beach didn’t already have enough outdoor activities on tap, the beaches here from October through May are popular with horseback riders. First-time rider? No worries. You can take a guided trail ride all year long.
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Sandbridge Beach’s Little Island Fishing Pier is a quiet place to watch the sun go down.
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As the sun sets on Virginia Beach’s boardwalk, the nightlife is just getting started!
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Spend a week or two, or even just a long weekend, in Virginia Beach, and you’ll quickly discover one of the things Budget Travelers love about the city: There’s way more than one beach to enjoy. Join us on a photo tour of the three major beach destinations (Resort Beach, Sandbridge Beach, and Chesapeake Bay Beach) that come together to make Virginia Beach such a perfect getaway.

 

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