Virginia Beach travel is pleasant throughout the entire year, but offers the most in the way of activities in the warmer months. The busiest time of the year for Virginia Beach tourism is the summer although the influx of people begins in the mid to late spring and lasts well into the fall. The biggest attraction in Virginia Beach is the beach itself. It owns a Guinness World Record for being the longest “pleasure beach” in the world. Altogether, there are some 35 miles of sandy coastline to enjoy. Besides the pristine beaches and all of the activities that go along, there are also museums, art galleries, and concert venues, as well as bars, clubs, and hundreds of restaurants.
There is good reason why so many people make due with the heat and humidity in the dead of summer. The beach is like one huge party environment, with endless hotels, restaurants, cafes, and stores. (There are remote stretches of the beach where it is also possible to enjoy a tranquil vacation). You can take full advantage of all the things to do on the beach in the summer.
People take part in everything from parasailing and jet skiing to surfing and boating while on vacation in Virginia Beach. There are also whale and dolphin watching excursions, sunset cruises, and tours of the premiere attractions in the city. The rain is pretty evenly distributed throughout the year and is not especially prevalent in the summer, so as long as you are okay with the heat and humidity (and crowds) you will love it in Virginia Beach in the summer. There are also great festivities to enjoy like Blues at the Beach and the Caribbean Music Festival. Spring and fall are also fine times to go to Virginia Beach, but for those with their heart set on splashing around in the ocean, stick to late May on. The water stays warm into the early fall months.
One of the great things about Virginia Beach tourism in general is the wide range of attractions nearby that can be enjoyed any time of year. There are a great selection of museums, cultural attractions, entertainment venues, and much more. The Virginia Aquarium is just one example of a popular attraction that is suitable for people of all ages in Virginia Beach. Another great place for families and groups of friends is the Ocean Breeze Waterpark. History lovers and those fascinated with the military have to make it a priority to visit the Oceana Naval Air Station. There are also a number of awesome state parks within easy driving distance of the central Virginia Beach area, including False Cape State Park, First Landing State Park, and Mount Trashmore.
There are endless opportunities for dining as well, from casual to upscale fine dining, there are more options than you could exercise in an entire month. Shopping abounds at places like Town Center and around the Boardwalk and downtown in a wide variety of independent outlets, boutiques, and specialty shops.
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