For some travelers, summer means one thing: Virginia Beach vacations. This popular East Coast destination has everything a family needs for a classic vacation filled with surf and sun. The free, wide, sugar-fine beaches have been enticing families for generations to these shores for a trip that can be as relaxing or adventurous as you […]
Beach vacations in Virginia are an ideal way to get some much-needed R&R, and if you end up going to Virginia Beach, you'll soon find that thousands of other people have had the same idea! There's something for everyone to do at Virginia Beach, but Virginia's other, lesser-known beaches, also have much to offer.
The one-and-only Virginia Beach is unquestioningly the top beach destination in Virginia. The huge, wide sandy beach has soft golden sand and a popular three-mile boardwalk that lines the beach and takes you to most of the clubs, restaurants and hotels available on the beachfront. Kids will love the sand, while more active types will enjoy beach volleyball, surf competitions, and other activities. Fishing and angling are common on the fishing pier, and you can cycle along the promenade. Those who like to party will find a wide selection of bars, restaurants and clubs on the main strip. You may even find live music performances outside, especially during the summer months. Nearby, First Landing State Park is a great place for kayaking and hiking, and watching the wildlife.
The Ocean View beaches are located about fifteen miles away from Virginia Beach on the shore of Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk. These beaches are family-friendly and you can go paddle-boating, kayaking, and a host of other activities. It's not as popular or as packed with tourists, which might be a good thing. Meanwhile, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, with beautiful beaches at Cape Charles and the island of Assateague, offers quaint towns and old-fashioned hospitality, as well as ample hiking trails for those who want to get away from the tourist commercialism.