As the showers of spring make way for the sunshine of summer, we can’t wait to get outside and soak it all in. While we’re never far from the beach when the temperature rises, our favorite way to enjoy the sun and surf might just be with a cold drink in hand and a bucket of shrimp on the table. With a boundless supply of fresh seafood and beautiful waterfront views, the bay area of Virginia Beach has everything you need to do dockside dining right.

For one of the only dining experiences offering unimpeded views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, grab a chair out on the deck at Buoy 44 Seafood Grill. Dig into some steamed oysters or the delicious Flounder “BLT,” and be sure to stick around for a breathtaking sunset over the water. To skip the valets and parking lots, pull your boat up to one of the many restaurants on the Lynnhaven Inlet and enjoy a delicious dinner on the docks before floating back home.  After a long day out on the water, the endless seafood options and a list of drink specials that will cool you down on a hot day, Dockside Restaurant and Marina and The Back Deck might be just what you need. If you find that fish aren’t biting for you, Chick’s Oyster Bar has you covered with the Fresh Fish of the Day, served grilled, fried, blackened or bronzed – and reeled in straight from the waters around you.

Whether you arrive by watercraft, beach cruiser or car, a feast overlooking the waters of the bay area is something that must be experienced by locals and visitors alike.  Bring a healthy appetite and don’t forget the sunscreen – dinner is served!