– Explore the Coast

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach’s lovely coastal setting is surely one of the primary reasons visitors flock to the area. Beautiful, wide-open beaches offer plenty of opportunities for getting waterside and engaging in water recreation. Virginia Beach can be a relaxing retreat or a thrilling adventure, depending on what you are wanting.

Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the central hub of the area, bustling with all sorts of beach activities. South of the oceanfront are Croatan Beach, a favorite surfing spot, and Sandbridge Beach, a more secluded beach area that is full of family-friendly amenities, including a children’s playground and picnic areas. For a more low-key beach experience, with less waves and more locals, head bayside to Chic’s Beach, a short distance north of the oceanfront. Undeniably, relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand is a splendid way to pass the day. However, if you’re seeking adventures in or on the water, well, that can easily be arranged in Virginia Beach.

Swimming and surfing are definitely popular activities in this resort community. (Fans of surfing won’t want to miss the upcoming annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships, the world’s oldest continuous surf competition, August 20 through August 27 in Virginia Beach.) Also consider one of these other great activities while in town.

Coast along in the bay or one of the area’s other waterways by stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing, and enjoy Virginia Beach’s natural landscape and wildlife up close.

Embark on one of the many boat tours available, whether sightseeing or fishing, and soak in the town’s coastline from the water.

Dash along the water for a thrilling ride on a jet ski or wave runner.

Soar above the beach with a birds-eye view of the area by parasailing either by yourself or with others.

Rudee Inlet, a short walk from the boardwalk, is a main location for coordinating water activities and rentals, including fishing charters, in Virginia Beach—not to mention a perfect dining destination for some of the freshest seafood in the area. Whatever adventures you choose, the water recreation is above and beyond here.

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