Introducing the city

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About Virginia Beach

Boasting over 30 miles of golden sand beach, a waterfront boardwalk and a buzzing, local vibe, Virginia Beach is an up-and-coming East Coast hotspot.

Sitting on America's Atlantic Coast, at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a holiday getaway that's home to nearly half a million people. Offering a quintessentially all-American experience, the resort has developed in recent years and now hosts several annual events including a beer, music and several food festivals. Days are best spent lazing on the sand or visiting a crab shack, playing beach volleyball or - if you're feeling particularly energetic - going for a run along the 3km beachfront boardwalk.

Virginia Beach is also home to the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse which offers panoramic views of the Atlantic. There's also the wonderfully unique Association for Research and Enlightenment (great for spiritualists) and the peaceful First Landing State Park which has excellent walking trails. If you visit in the summer make sure you catch the USA's oldest surfing competition which sees surfers from around the world flock to compete. And yes, there are pretty darn good after-parties too.

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When Should You Visit?

Virginia Beach enjoys a warm climate and is a great year round holiday destination. For guaranteed sunshine and a holiday vibe visit in June.

Virginia Beach has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters (including occasional snow) and hot summers. The warmest month is July with an average daily temperature of 26 degrees Celsius; the coolest month is January with an average daily temperature of five degrees Celsius. The wettest month is July.

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Travioor top tips

MAP
SURF CONTEST
DROP-IN CLASS

Insider Info

  • If you're arriving by car map you journey to arrive on Interstate 664 - it's often less congested in the summer months.
  • Time your trip to coincide with the annual August East Coast Surfing Championships; the oldest contest of its kind in the US.
  • The Edgar Cayce Association for Research & Enlightenment has a huge range of drop in massage, therapy and meditation sessions.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.21 | $13.00

3-Course Meal £35.35 | $45.00

Cappuccino £3.04 | $3.87

Beer £2.75 | $3.50

The Scene

Virginia Beach has dozens of excellent eateries serving up traditional American fare as well as regional specialties. Smithfield (or Virginia) Ham is locally produced and protected by the state - it's a must-try if you're in town. Other Virginian favourites include peanut soup, Brunswick stew plus homemade Damson preserves and jams. The city's coastal location also makes seafood available in abundance, with restaurants offering everything from fresh crab to lobster bisque.

There are plenty of drinking spots across the city which fill up with a lively surfing crowd in the summer months; Cinema Cafe, Funny Bone and Young Veterans Brewing Company are all good bets. If you're looking for a local tipple try Virginian produced wine - the nearest vineyard area is Eastern Shore AVA.

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History

Virginia Beach's Story

The city (and surrounding region) was originally home to an group of indigenous people called Chesepians who lived in the area and were loosely part of the much larger Powhatan Confederacy. In 1607, a British ship from the Virginia Company of London (led by Christopher Newport) arrived and created the first permanent English settlement. For several of the subsequent centuries Virginia Beach remained semi-rural, although parts were developed for plantation agriculture. In the late 19th century a hotel was built which was joined in the following decades by amusement parks, family-friendly accommodations and casinos. Today it remains a popular spot for tourists and holidaymakers.

Language

English

The official language spoken in Virginia Beach is English, although the accents you're likely to hear are often laced with southern American elements. The following are examples of how you might hear words pronounced:

'Tuesday' pronounced 'choose day'

'Mess' pronounced 'Miss'

'Fish' pronounced 'Feesh'

Need to know

+1 757 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Virginia Beach is served by Norfolk International Airport and there's also a train station in both Norfolk and Newport News. 
  • Renting a car is the best way to explore the city and the surrounding towns.
  • The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located on the Fort Story Military Base; access may occasionally be restricted and it's a good idea to carry ID.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. NATIONAL PARK

Visit Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in December to catch the migrating birds at their finest.

2. BUDGET SLEEPS

The best way to save your pennies when it comes to accommodation is by opting for a B&B or guesthouse rather than a hotel. There are plenty to choose from.

3. BUS ROUTES

Use the Hampton Roads Transit buses and trolley system to get from the city centre to the beachfront (it costs around $1.50).

4. TOURIST VOUCHERS

On main streets you'll find stands with (free) tourist maps and guides - most of these also have vouchers that offer money off at local attractions and restaurants.

5. SECRET BEACH

If you're looking for a quieter scene, head to secret Sandbridge Beach. It's far less crowded and offers gorgeously soft sand and unspoiled ocean views.


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