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Travel Tips

  • Know Virginia Beach like a local

    Wherever you might be coming from, these helpful travel tips and lists of services will help you become a knowledgeable Virginia Beach native. If you’re concerned about the best way to get to the beach, look below to learn about beach parking and access. If you would like to know where Fido can get some fun in the sun, check to see where you can take your pets. Lastly, make your trip a sensible one with information on lifeguard postings and all-important safety tips. Check out our Visitor Center’s hours and location below for more.

  • Helpful Tips + Services

    Visitor Information Center


    The Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center provides information and literature about attractions, special events, dining and accommodations. The center is open seven days a week, with the exception of fall and winter holidays. Please stop in for valuable information to enhance your visit. May through September, stop by our information kiosks in the resort area located at 17th Street and the Boardwalk and 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weekends only during May and September.

    2100 Parks Avenue
    (757) 491-7866 or 1 (800) 822-3224

    Operating Hours 9am - 5pm
    Extended Summer Hours:
    9am - 7pm from mid-June through Labor Day

    Pets at the Beach

    Pets At The Beach

    Pets are not permitted on the public beaches, boardwalk, or grassy area between the boardwalk and hotel property from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pets are allowed under control in the residential area north of 42nd street or south of Rudee Inlet after 6:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. Airtight containers for cleanup must be carried and used at all times. For more information, call (757) 385-4444.

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    Surfing, In-line Skating and Skateboarding


    These regulations vary throughout the community in both location and time. For specific skateboard and in-line skating regulations, call (757) 385-3111. For specific surfing regulations, call (757) 385-5000.

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    International Visitors


    For international visitors, electricity voltage is 110, but an adapter may be used to convert from 220. In the Hampton Roads area, there are consulates for Finland, France, Italy and Mexico. Check with consulates at home for visa and passport requirements. The Red Cross Language Bank, (757) 446-7700, offers translators 24 hours a day. Virginia Beach offers a general information brochure printed in French, German and Spanish. These brochures may be obtained by calling (800) 822-3224, or visiting the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center at the end of I-264. It is recommended that you exchange your currency at port of entry.

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    City Regulations

    City Regulations

    Virginia Beach is a pleasant family resort, and we strive to maintain an atmosphere of good, clean fun. You can assist us in this effort by obeying our state and local ordinances, just as you would at home.

    Beach Access for the Disabled


    Designated disabled on-street parking is at Rudee Loop, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 37th, and 38th Streets. Designated disabled off-street parking is available at all municipal lots. Access via ramps for the disabled are located at every beach access from 1st to 58th Streets.
    Wooden ramps that take you all the way to the water's edge are located at 8th, 17th, 24th, and 30th Streets. Beach wheelchairs are available in the resort area on a first-come, first-served basis from mid-May to mid-September. For more information, call (757) 491-7866 or 1-800-822-3224.

    Resort Area Parking

    Resort Parking

    The oceanfront resort area contains more than 2,900 off-street municipal parking spaces and 678 on-street metered spaces. Parking meters have a three hour time limit and are enforced April 1-September 30. Municipal parking lots are located at Rudee loop (3 lots), 19th Street and Pacific Avenue, 25th Street and Pacific Avenue and at Croatan and Sandbridge beaches. Municipal parking garages are located between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues on 9th and 30th Streets. Municipal parking lots and garages charge a daily fee. Special hourly, weekly, and monthly rates are available at various locations in the resort area. Overnight parking is only available at the 9th and 31st Street garages. For more information, call (757) 385-6667.



    Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to dusk daily from mid-May to mid-September, between 1st through 41st Streets and at Camp Pendleton, Croatan, Little Island Park and Sandbridge beaches.

    Public Restrooms

    Public Restrooms

    Permanent public restrooms are adjacent to the boardwalk at 17th, 24th, 30th, and 31st Streets. The restrooms at 24th and 31st Streets are open year-round. These restrooms contain no changing facilities. There are restrooms with changing facilities at Croatan Beach, First Landing State Park and Little Island Park.

    Play It Safe

    Play It Safe

    • Never swim alone. Swim near a lifeguard.
    • Ask a lifeguard about water conditions.
    • Red flags = dangerous water.
    • Know your swimming ability.
    • Stay close to shore.
    • Flotation devices are no substitute for swimming ability.
    • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore.
    • Never leave children unattended.
    • Don't dive. Go feet first.
    • Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk, and avoid shiny jewelry or swimwear.
    • Body surfers should keep their arms in front to avoid injury.
    • Protect your skin. Use sunscreen.

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