It’s a simple
answer, really. Virginia Beach offers so much to explore that it’s
hard to fit it all into one family beach vacation. In fact, you
really need to live here to experience everything this popular East
Coast beach has to offer. Your time is valuable, so we’ve divided
the beach areas detailed below. Whether you are strolling one of the
nation’s best boardwalks in the Resort Area, catching crabs off
Chesapeake Beach, or shopping in Town Center, each region of Virginia
Beach has something for everyone.
So how can you Live the Life? Virginia
Beach is brimming with possibilities, so we’ve kept things
organized to make your stay more enjoyable. Explore our East Coast
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Unleash your vacation at our pet-friendly parks and beaches.
All the thrills without having to leap out of a plane.
The trail to high-flying fun follows the treetops.
Grab some sun and suds at a local craft brewery.
Customize and send your very own Virginia Beach E-postcard.
Go behind the scenes with seals, sea turtles and sharks for a life experience like no other.
Start surfing at the Visitors Center with Free Wi-Fi.
Our three-mile boardwalk is only part of what makes the Resort Area so irresistible to visitors. From Croatan Beach to the south all the way up to the North End beaches, this is where Virginia Beach reveals its vibrancy, delectable dining, unique shops and that laid back beach vibe, all wrapped up in a sprawling, park-like setting that goes on for miles.
Located 15 miles south of the Resort Area, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats, where vacationers and locals alike come to live the life in a beach hideaway. It's a relaxing and peaceful community, home to the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park, perfect for kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
For beachgoers seeking refuge from the surf of the Atlantic, tranquility can be found along the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay, just off Shore Drive. From swimming to sand castles, all the traditional beach rituals are here.
Home to an eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment, Town Center is quickly becoming the central hotspot in Virginia Beach. From local live music in Town Center's many nightspots to world-renowned entertainment at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, you'll get all the glamour of a big city adventure wrapped up in small town charm. Town Center also features luxurious accommodations just footsteps away from an endless shopping experience.
A fisherman's paradise, Great Neck is a safe harbor to many vessels poised and ready to catch their bounty. Connected to the Chesapeake Bay, it's a quick ride to Virginia Beach's richest fishing grounds.
Little Neck is the perfect mix of the great outdoors and great history. Cozied up to the Lynnhaven River, this area is perfect for kayaking excursions and other aquatic activities. It's also home to the Lynnhaven House, built in 1725.
If shopping is in your travel plans, Hilltop should be on the top of your list of destinations. Home to a variety of shopping centers covering a full spectrum of tastes, this shopper's haven won't leave you empty-handed.
A stone's throw from Oceana Naval Air Station, Lynnhaven is a favorite locals destination for Virginia Beach families. With a great mix of shopping and restaurants at Lynnhaven Mall and the kid-friendly Hunt Club Farm right up the road, it truly has something for everyone.
Home to the Regent University Theatre, Kempsville is the perfect place for locals to catch dinner and a performance. To unwind after the perfect day of entertainment, many seek pampering at the calming Founder's Inn and spa. So just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Walk in the footsteps of history with a visit to the Adam Thoroughgood house. Built in 1680, the house is one of the oldest housed from the early Colonial period. If you'd rather make your own history on the links, Cypress Point Golf Club is right down the middle.
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