Virginia Beach

Virginia, U.S.A.

Starfish Rating of 5

Claim to Fame

Home of physic Edgar Cayce until his death in 1945; landing place of English settlers who founded Jamestown in 1607; home town of pop and country singer, Juice Newton, actor Mark Ruffalo and NASCAR driver Sean Murphy; classed by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest pleasure beach in the world.

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  • Where is it?southeast corner of the State of Virginia on the Atlantic seaboard at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay
  • Coordinates: latitude» 36.8532°
    longitude» -75.9776°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: humid sub-tropical; mean annual temperature is 59.6°F/15.3°C
  • Development: small city with significant beachfront areas
  • Length of Beach: 35m/56.5km
  • Type: pink/beige sand with pebbles near the shoreline
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Virginia Beach is a happening, diverse and picturesque Atlantic Ocean resort. It is situated at the southern terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest of its kind on the planet. If you and your family want an endless list of activities as well as the benefits of a long, spectacular beach, this is a holiday paradise with an illustrious history of tourism and all that makes for a happy experience.

In 1922 Virginia Beach Boulevard was opened to vehicular traffic, leading to the development of what is today a major beach enterprise. The Cavalier Hotel was erected in 1927 and the resort grew exponentially from there. Because of its history, the area boasts 18 sites of interest that are on the National Register of Historic Places, making it more than just a beach playground, but a cultural fascination.

Virginia Beach has dozens of festivals each year, attended by millions of visitors. It is the home of the North American Sand Soccer Championships, a quirky event that is competitive and fun, and the prestigious East Coast Surfing Championships. Each year 350,000 people attend the incredible air show, and another million or so come to celebrate the ocean at the Neptune Festival. Originally devised by the local Chamber of Commerce as a draw for tourists, the Neptune Festival has become a mixed tribute to all things Atlantic, including seafood, heritage and characters; there is a 12-ton statute of the god himself, ever-present. Travelers will enjoy the Neptune Festival parade and the revelry that surrounds it.

With three miles of oceanfront paved boardwalk, and a dedicated bicycle path, Virginia Beach is a great place to get out and exercise; walk, jog, run, bike or stroll as you listen to live music and other entertainments, watch buskers, or stop at a small café for refreshments. And there are parks, 210 city parks, comprising 4,000 acres, from gardens to baseball diamonds, that dot the urban area of Virginia Beach. It boasts the outdoor ambience that its climate allows.

In the area proper are two wonderful entertainment complexes that delight young and old alike. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Centre is fascinating; it is home to sea turtle breeding grounds, and exhibitions of thousand of fish and sea mammals. The Virginia Beach Amphitheater, a 1200-seat outdoor performance venue, hosts country, pop and rock concerts with big-name headliners.

Virginia Beach is never boring. Between the sand and sun and surf, there are hundreds of day-trips and activities that suit every mood and taste, and when the day is done, the nightlife is alive and energetic. The options are as long as the beach itself.

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