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An ideal family getaway: Virginia Beach offers countless fun ways for kids to enjoy the beach.
A reasonable drive from Norfolk, Virginia Beach is a well--known seaside getaway.
If you are planning a trip to Norfolk during the summer months, make a point to visit Virginia’s famous beaches. Virginia Beach hugs the Atlantic coastline and consists of three beaches: The Chesapeake Bay, Resort and Sandbridge. A classic seaside vacation awaits you on one of America’s best–loved shores.
With three beaches to choose from, Virginia Beach offers something for everyone. A morning spent on Resort Beach’s busy boardwalk will sweetly translate to watching the sunset on quiet, sand dunned Chesapeake Bay Beach. Plan for fun, sun and relaxation with a weekend in Virginia Beach.
Where to Stay:
Consider one of Virginia Beach’s most luxurious hotels, The Founder’s Inn and Spa . Named for the founding fathers, this brick Georgian mansion features well–appointed rooms with colonial décor. Dine on fresh pastries in the sunlit Swan Terrace dining room, or sit by the pool after a relaxing massage.
If something more casual, and closer to the seaside is more your speed consider renting a Historical Cutty Sark beach cottage Ideal for family groups and those traveling with children, these historic cottages combine the perfect location on Atlantic Avenue oceanfront. Guests can relax on the porch in white rocking chairs while the trolley passes by. Or take the short walk to the much-loved boardwalk, a piece of history beautifully restored.
Day 1: Begin your weekend bright and early with yoga on the beach. Greet the sun, and enjoy watching the beach wake up with beach yoga near the boardwalk taught by Oceanfront Fitness and Yoga’sexcellent instructors. If sun salutations facing the ocean are not for you, consider renting a beach cruiser for a morning bike ride along the boardwalk.
Built in the 1800s the boardwalk stretches three miles along coastline and features a separate bike path, perfect for leisure-filled rides.
When it comes to breakfast on the beach, be sure not to miss Pocahontas Pancakes, an Atlantic Avenue tradition. Come early because this place fills up quickly on weekends during the high season. Family owned and operated, breakfasts are created to please. Choose from pecan-topped pancakes to a decadent strawberry, egg–rich waffle.
Spend your afternoon on the beach. Soak up some sun, and enjoy building a sandcastle or surfing the waves. The active Resort Beach features live music performances and people–watching galore. Later in the evening, dine on fresh seafood at Lynnhaven Fish House Restaurant on the Chesapeake. An award–winning pleaser, enjoy dinner with a breathtaking view of the Chesapeake Bay. Order a lobster or a cup of she-crab soup while sipping a glass of wine. Lynnhaven’s knowledgeable staff will be more than glad to offer spirit suggestions to complement any dish.
Day 2: On your second day in Virginia Beach, explore some of the area’s natural beauty. Even novices can get the hang of kayaking quickly. Kayak Nature Tours explores many of Virginia Beach’s stunning natural beauty, and offers a chance to view dolphins and other wildlife.
For a delicious lunch visit Croc’s 19th Street Bistro. Order a pita pizza with Greek olives and tomatoes inspired by The Mediterranean. Croc’s is proud of its local and organic ingredients that make up the varied and fresh dishes.
Every fall as the summer begins to wind down Virginia Beach celebrates with one last hurrah at The Neptune Festival. Spread across the month of September, the festival’s last grand finale, Boardwalk Weekend offers art shows, sandcastle sculpture contests and volleyball tournaments. Appropriately named for the God of the sea, the Neptune Festival celebrates Virginia’s costal culture.