Virginia Beach Overview
From beach to bay, sand to sidewalk, Virginia Beach is way more than your average beach town. With the world’s longest pleasure beach, an award-winning boardwalk, a cosmopolitan downtown, restaurants and shopping options galore, more than 35 miles of ocean and bay beaches and the most visited nature park in Virginia, it’s no wonder more than 3 million people visit this exciting resort town each year.
Many visitors don’t realise that Virginia Beach is not just a beach; it’s actually made up of several unique beach experiences, each with their own distinct personality.
At the Resort Area, you can “live the life” along the iconic three-mile oceanfront boardwalk, lined with hotels, museums, bars, restaurants and shops.
The Chesapeake Bay Beach is preferred for its tranquility along the scenic, calm and shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia Beach’s southern shore, Sandbridge, offers a secluded island-like environment full of breathtaking views bordering the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, along with local shops, restaurants and outdoor outfitters.
Nearby, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park are lovely spots for walking or cycling, while the thick woodlands of First Landing State Park mark the spot where the first English settlers made landfall in 1607 before moving to Jamestown. The park features trails for hiking and biking, camp sites, swimming and rental sports equipment.