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You're Going to Love Virginia Beach

Family-friendly, full of entertainment options and easy to reach from many of the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities, Virginia Beach proves that you don't need to go to Florida or the Caribbean to enjoy a wonderful beach vacation.

If all you want is a tan and a few days of relaxation in the sunshine, Virginia Beach is the place to do it. Rent a sun lounger and set yourself up on the beach, and you'll be bronzed in no time.

Then again, if dozing on the beach isn't your thing, Virginia Beach is packed with attractions, from the fun-filled family amusement park to the opportunity to kayak in Broad Bay, take whale-watching trips or dance the night away at clubs like Peabody's.

You can shop for luxury brands at Lynnhaven Mall, dine on fresh Chesapeake seafood at restaurants like Tautogs or spend the night enjoying a few beers with friends at Catch 31. Whatever you want to get out of your next beach vacation, Virginia Beach is the perfect place to go.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Virginia Beach

What to do in Virginia Beach

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When to Visit Virginia Beach

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Summer is the best time to visit Virginia Beach if all you want to do is lounge on the sand. However, the high humidity and heat of July and August isn't for everybody. If you want to visit the attractions, walk the coast and play some golf try booking a visit in May or September - times of year when the weather is pleasant and the crowds aren't so dense.

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How to Get to Virginia Beach

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Where to Stay in Virginia Beach

Beach resort hotels are the place to stay in Virginia Beach, and this destination has accommodation options that rival anywhere else in the USA. For example, Turtle Cay Resort has beautiful Art Deco architecture, while the Oceanaire Resort Hotel offers four large swimming pools within walking distance of the center of town. More affordable alternatives include the TownePlace Suites Virginia Beach and Angie's Guest Cottage, the only hostel in town.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to mix sunbathing with shopping, Virginia Beach is a fantastic place to do so. There are two major shopping malls within five minutes of the beachfront district. Lynnhaven offers stores like Apple, Forever 21, H&M and Vans, while Hilltop North offers a similar mix of brands along with plenty of restaurants and up-market grocery stores. If you just want ocean-themed souvenirs like postcards, the stores on Atlantic Avenue will be ideal - but don't expect any bargains.

Groceries and Other

Staying in self-catering accommodation is a good way to keep your costs low while staying in Virginia Beach, and there are a number of grocery stores in the middle of town. Options include Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Farm Fresh, while further out you can find a Walmart Supercenter and Kroger's. The city isn't expensive. Expect to pay $2.60 for a gallon of milk and $2.30 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Virginia Beach

Dining out is one of the highlights of a Virginia Beach vacation, and you can find great restaurants from almost every corner of the world. If you want fish tacos stuffed with freshly caught local seafood, Gringo's Taqueria is the place to go, while for crab cakes Croaker's cannot be beaten. Tautog and Catch 31 are popular seafront restaurants with great ocean views while Il Giardino is the finest Italian in town. And prices aren't too high at all. Expect to pay $6 for a fish taco, $15 for a mid-range meal and $30 or more for a high-quality night out.

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