Why Go To Virginia Beach

One-third affordable party spot for local college kids, one-third haven for families with small kids and one-third renaissance beach town, Virginia Beach is a coastal city that aims to lure beachcombers from Ocean City, the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach to its own revitalized stretch of East Coast sand and boardwalk. And it's not doing too shabby either. Like those other towns, "VA Beach" offers scenic coastal views, enough sand and sun to keep the kids entertained, and enough affordable nighttime diversions to satisfy unpretentious adults. Sure, the hotels, restaurants and attractions aren't super-luxe, but the point is that here, no one needs them to be. Virginia Beach is for those who want a relaxing good time without any hassle.

Best Things To Do In Virginia Beach

The beach and boardwalk are the main attractions here. Although there are some spots (like Sandbridge Beach) where you can kayak and surf, the waters here are mostly too gentle for water sports enthusiasts. On land, Virginia Beach is home to multiple history-focused sights, including First Landing State ParkCape Henry Lighthouse and the Military Aviation Museum. The city also offers nature parks and the kid-friendly Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

Virginia Beach Travel Tips

  • Keep safe at the beach - Swim near a lifeguard and avoid rip currents, which are recognizable by particularly foamy and choppy waters. If the conditions are especially dangerous, lifeguards will raise a red flag to keep people out of the water.

  • Keep curfews in mind - Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., children ages 17 and younger cannot hang out in public places without an adult.

  • Keep it family-friendly - You'll find lots of signs warning against cursing and an abundance of law enforcement patrolling the streets and boardwalk, so be on your best behavior. Virginia Beach is serious about preserving its PG image.

  • Choose your accommodations wisely - Although hotels by the boardwalk are generally more expensive than those outside the resort area, parking fees in this part of town can quickly add up, so consider staying within walking distance of this main thoroughfare or at a property with free parking. For even more savings, rough it at First Landing State Park.

  • Visit in the fall or winter Hotel rates are at their lowest from September (after Labor Day) through February, plus you'll save $2 on weekend admissions to First Landing State Park.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report
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