The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a hub of cool drinks, good food, and live music, all within a beach cruiser’s ride from our white, sandy beaches. From unique shops to unbeatable seafood, this place is a must on any Virginia Beach itinerary. Here are a few of our favorite spots to get you started.
For a mix of eclectic coastal finds and great dining options, it’s hard to beat Atlantic Avenue. From classic beach staples like Sunsations, to charming local boutique clothing and gift shops, Atlantic Avenue has a little something for everyone. For a shopper’s paradise, check out local shop, True Woman, for great styles and reasonably-priced clothing in reasonable sizes and Bargain Beachwear for a huge selection of all of the beach attire you could want at a great price and finish the day with dinner at one of the endless eateries on the strip. For food and fun, you can’t go wrong with Beachside Social, featuring indoor shuffleboard, or the open-air beachside vibes of Ocean 27.
Also along Atlantic all summer long, rock out with the Live! on Atlantic Free Summer Concert Series. With Live!, the sidewalks are the stage as musicians and performers put on free shows throughout the season that will have you dancing and singing along. For those traveling with the family, don't miss out on The Fun Zone, which provides fun for the young and the young at heart alike with performers on 19th and 20th Streets, and exciting interactive experiences. You can enjoy magicians, face-painters, talking dragons, balloon artists, living statues, stilt-walkers, jugglers, contortionists, aerialists, caricature artists, and more.
At the south end of the Oceanfront, the Rudee Inlet is the go-to hub for fishing charters, jet skiing, parasailing and waterside dining. Head out on a charter to reel in the big one, feel the wind in your face as you glide across the water on a jet ski, and catch a seagull’s-eye-view of the Atlantic Ocean as you fly up in the air parasailing. To complete your seaside adventure in tasty fashion, enjoy seafood done right while overlooking the water at Big Sam’s Raw Bar, Rockafeller's, or Rudee's on the Inlet.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, at the Oceanfront, is a 28-feet wide marvel that stretches three miles, and features a separate bike path, ideal for strolling, rollerblading and biking. Entertainment is offered nightly during the summer months and four oceanfront stages at 7th, 17th, and 24th and 31st Streets provide live musical acts. Along the boardwalk, there’s a variety of quaint outdoor restaurants and vendors offering bike and surrey rentals. Nautical sculptures adorn many of the side streets which lead to Atlantic Avenue.