Virginia Beach

Nestled where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach has long been a favorite Mid-Atlantic destination for sun-and-sand-seekers. And while there’s plenty of both here, this oceanfront city offers loads of other attractions as well, from wonders of engineering to serene seaside state parks.

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Peak season runs from late May through early September, when air and water temperatures are at their warmest, however, summer also brings large crowds and higher prices.

If your timing is flexible, spring and fall are generally still pleasant and far less crowded.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. For the latest health safety guidelines, as well as info on what’s currently open, check out the City of Virginia Beach website.


Getting Here: Virginia Beach is about 17 miles from Norfolk International Airport and 42 miles from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Still, most travelers arrive in Virginia Beach by car.
Getting Around: The Wave Trolley runs through the oceanfront resort area, while Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) runs two shuttle buses, including The Bayfront Shuttle, which runs from beachfront resort area to First Landing State Park, along the North End beaches and up to the bayfront.


Local Lingo: The Boulevard: Virginia Beach BoulevardHilltop: An upscale neighborhood; HRBT: Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel; Downtown: The Pembroke area of Virginia Beach.
Must-Have Apps: UberGoogle Maps
Insider Tips: Don’t miss Virginia Beach’s more than 18,000 acres (7,300 hectares) of state parks as well as a national wildlife refuge, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.