Virginia Beach has been a family vacation destination for decades; but do you really know what is available to explore there? The Virginia Beach area is actually made up of 7 different “Districts” or areas, some of which are hidden gems! The Districts are Oceanfront, Sandbridge, Pungo, Inland, Town Center, Chesapeake Bay and ViBe Creative District.
Most visitors think of the 3-mile boardwalk and stretch of beach that is the Oceanfront for their fun in the sun days. Here you have fantastic resorts such as Beach Quarters, Oceanaire and the Beach Club right on the beach and boardwalk. There are always live music performers and local food, such as May Taylor’s which uses locally-sourced ingredients for their baking and treats.
Just South of Virginia Beach you will find Sandbridge. This quiet little paradise is a laid-back place with some amazing restaurants and shops. If you are looking to go kayaking, hiking or fishing head to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park.
Outside of Sandridge, you will find the 8,000 acre area known as Pungo. If you do not find what you need at the many roadside stands, head to The Bee & Biscuit for a truly Southern meal experience.
Head away from the beach and to the bay… the Chesapeake Bay area offer calmer waves and some cool local hideaways. Check out the Mermaid Winery or Deadline Brewing Company.
Non-beach activities await Inland and at Town Center. At the Town Center you will find all you need for a perfect night out! Funny Bone Comedy club, Sandler Center for Performing Arts and more. This is your place for high end shopping, dining and entertainment. Inland you will find more relaxed shopping with boutique and specialty stores. Make a stop at the Back Bay Brewing’s Farmhouse Brewery. They have an actual farm onsite were he grown many of the ingredients they use in their beers. Did I mention pets are welcome outside? Where they have may activities on the lawn and in the gardens.
Finally, ViBe Creative District, home to artisans and craftsman, coffeehouses and more. Want the perfect Instagram story? Don’t miss the ViBe Mural Walking tour, a one-mile tour highlighted great local artwork along the way.
Virginia Beach has everything you would be looking for in a vacation. What are you waiting for?