Memorial Day Weekend has arrived in Virginia Beach and we are setting our sights on our favorite season - Summer! Here are some of our favorite ways to kick off the new season in true local fashion.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk was built with cyclists and walkers in mind. With separate biking and walking paths, cyclists can ride their beach cruisers along the coast without having to dodge pedestrians or cars, which makes it a safe place to explore for younger riders.
The 3-mile long Boardwalk is also our favorite place to break out our favorite beach cruiser bikes. You can even find tandem beach cruisers for a more challenging cooperative experience beside the beach. Whether you opt to ride the entire length of the Boardwalk or just ride your bike from stop to stop, this is one of our favorite Virginia Beach experiences.
A sunrise in Virginia Beach is a sight you won’t soon forget. With the world still sound asleep, the show is about to begin with a light-show over the Atlantic Ocean - and you have a front-row seat. Watch through the dancing sea oats on the dunes of Sandbridge, as the waking sun glistens on the morning surf. If you’re at the Oceanfront, beat the rush of the day’s first beachgoers and take in the colors of the dawn behind King Neptune or on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier.
From running or walking next to the incoming tide, trying your luck at a fat-tire bike, or even bringing your yoga mat for some sunrise salutations with the actual sunrise, there is no shortage of ways to exercise at the beach. As long as you do your part to maintain social distancing guidelines, this is a great way to get out and enjoy our coastal city right now, and always.
Considered by many to be the birthplace of East Coast surfing, the spirit of surfing runs deep in Virginia Beach. Whether you’re a novice, a “grommet” or a seasoned pro, catching one of our swells is a local experience you need to try.
Depending on the season, scoping out the ideal surfing conditions in Virginia Beach has become an art form. As many of our resident wave-riders will tell you, riding the perfect wave here comes at the cost of patience, tenacity and a little bit of luck – and that’s just how we like it. For those hopping on a board for the first time, Virginia Beach often offers the right conditions to safely ease into the action.
Known as the “Rockfish Capital of the World,” Virginia Beach and its neighboring waters are home to a multitude of freshwater, brackish and saltwater fishing opportunities. With the food-rich Chesapeake Bay adjoining the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, a long list of fish, including croaker, spot, flounder, striped bass, tautog, sea bass, trout, bluefish, skipjack, cobia, mahi-mahi, Spanish and king mackerel, puppy and red drum, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, white and blue marlin, amberjack and wahoo are abundant at various times of the year.
Throwing a line over the edge of a fishing pier, such as the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, or simply sticking a pole in the sand and letting out some line are both great options for the land dwellers looking to test their luck without setting sail. Please note as part of the beaches opening on May 22, fishing from the beach will be prohibited from 1st Street to 42nd Street.
From and abundance of take-out options, to an endless list of restaurants offering outdoor dining, the restaurants in Virginia Beach are serving up the very best local flavors and coastal vibes this season. From clean spaces to the freshest food, there's a lot to love about our food scene this Memorial Day.
Social distancing doesn’t mean we have to stay confined to our couches for the time being. In fact, many experts recommend that we get outside and get some fresh air when we can, as long as we avoid contact with shared surfaces, like playgrounds, and with each other. We’re lucky to have some of the best beaches and parks right here in our backyard, ready to be explored.
The beaches are closed until May 22 except for the purposes of exercise and fishing. The State of Virginia has officially opened up Virginia Beach beaches on May 22 for sunbathing, swimming, fishing and active recreation; however, group sports on the beach (flag football, volleyball, etc.) are still restricted as well as tents or large groups of umbrellas.
While this may not be the spring we imagined for ourselves, one of our favorite spring traditions, strawberry picking, is still available, and can be done while safely following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC. In fact, this is a great way to get fresh, local produce while supporting the markets and farms of our city.
Virginia Beach strawberries have been enjoyed for their flavor and size by the likes of Captains John Smith and Christopher Newport, and even shipped back to England to be enjoyed as a delicacy abroad. Our mild temperatures, held in check by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and rich soil made our abundance of strawberries one of the first American crops to be enjoyed by English settlers. Virginia Beach, the largest producer of strawberries in the state of Virginia, are still enjoyed far and wide today.
With a vast amount of farmland and fresh local produce, all available for you to explore and pick, spring is the perfect time to go from beachside to countryside in Va Beach.
While we are being encouraged to engage in social distancing during this time, there's nothing stopping you from getting out, getting a little fresh air, and seeing the beauty of the ViBe District murals. To see all of these murals by foot makes for an easy, one-mile walking tour, that is a must for all who are visiting. For those who would prefer to view the murals from home are in luck, too, as the murals can all be seen virtually, as well.
With fresh seafood and abundant local agriculture in our backyards and so many places putting these ingredients to good use, healthy food in Virginia Beach is as good for you as it is just plain good. With pop-up markets and farm stands offering the freshest in local produce and seafood, and local establishments offering many healthy food options to-go and via delivery, this is a great way to support local farmers, businesses, and fisherman, while also supporting a healthy immune system.