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Getting to Know Virginia Beach
Have you ever wanted to live on the beach? Virginia Beach is an inviting community on the ocean with a wide array of cultural activities. Check out Virginia Beach vacation rentals, and visit the area to see what it's like. If you've already made up your mind to move here, Virginia Beach has a variety of apartments to suit most budgets and styles.

 

Virginia Beach Attractions

Home to craft beer, wine, music and art festivals and the well-attended Hampton Roads International Auto Show, Virginia Beach keeps residents entertained all year long. Spend a quiet day touring the Virginia Air & Space Center, and set aside time to see the majestic undersea creatures at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The city also has amusement parks, fine restaurants and golf courses. For a night out, get tickets to one of the many big-name music acts that play at venues like Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater.

 

Virginia Beach Apartments for Rent

Use Apartment Guide to help find the perfect Virginia Beach rental for you, from houses right on the beach to condos within walking distance of BeachStreet U.S.A. You can filter your results by price range, apartment size, or special features to find the right place for you.

 

Virginia Beach Neighborhoods

Deciding where to rent an apartment in Virginia Beach? Choose the oceanfront district in downtown Virginia Beach to wake up to the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean every morning, or head inland to the area around Virginia Beach Town Center for convenience to grocery stores, shopping and movie theaters. Neighborhoods like Kempsville and Little Neck strike a compromise by providing both easy beach access and short commutes to Norfolk.

 

Virginia Beach for Pets

If your four-legged family member needs an opportunity to let loose, head to one of these top dog parks in Virginia Beach: Red Wing Park, Bayville Farms Park and Woodstock Park. Before you go, be sure to purchase a Virginia Beach dog park pass at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

 

Free Things to Do in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach keeps more money in your pocket with a variety of free things to do, including the most popular attraction of all--the beach! After a day of sand and surf, listen to the upbeat rhythms of live music, see street performers breathe fire and admire nautically themed sculptures on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

 

Virginia Beach for Families with Kids

Families love Virginia Beach for its focus on kid-friendly fun, with activities ranging from building sand castles on the beach to taking a pirate-themed boat tour. Kids Cove Playground provides hours of fun for smaller kids, and roller coasters like Tempesto deliver thrills for bigger kids at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, about 60 miles away.

 

For the best school districts in Virginia Beach, search for an apartment in neighborhoods like Bayfront and Red Hill Farm. Virginia Beach is also home to exceptional schools for academically and artistically gifted students.

 

Virginia Beach Natural Beauty

The oceanfront of Virginia Beach draws the crowds, but there is more to do than swimming and sunbathing. Head to the local fishing pier, go horseback riding, or charter a boat to enjoy sport fishing, dolphin watching and spectacular views. To escape from modern life for a bit, visit False Cape State Park, offering primitive camping, kayaking and unspoiled views of the great outdoors. The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Dismal Swamp also offer scenic hiking and biking opportunities.

 

Watersports in Virginia Beach

Surfing, kiteboarding and kayaking form a trifecta of water-sports fun every summer in Virginia Beach, but the area is also well known as a hangout for serious fishers. Go whale watching in winter, or save up to try a new summer sport, like parasailing or stand-up paddleboarding.

 

Nearby Beaches and Fun Getaways from Virginia Beach

If you're in the mood for a road trip, Virginia is a dream destination for history buffs. Drive about an hour north to visit historic sites like Jamestown and Williamsburg, or make the journey to Washington, D.C. in about four hours. You can also enjoy big-city dining and entertainment options in Richmond, a distance of about 100 miles from Virginia Beach.

 

Whether you love the high-energy beach in front of the boardwalk or secluded spots with only the sounds of the sea, you can find what you're looking for in Virginia Beach. Here are our top picks for the best beaches near Virginia Beach: 

  • Sandbridge Beach: Families love the classic beach-town vibe of Sandbridge Beach, known for its slow pace, quirky shops and friendly atmosphere.
  • The North End: Starting at about 42nd Street, the northern end of Virginia Beach is popular with locals looking to escape the bustle of the boardwalk and enjoy a lazy day on a quiet section of shoreline.
  • Outlook Beach: Snap a beach selfie with a Civil War stockade and a fortified moat in the background on this sandy beach at Fort Monroe.
  • Croatan Beach: Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, this beach caters to surfers who want to ride the waves in a special area that's off limits to swimmers. Don't worry, though: Croatan also has plenty of sand and surf just for swimmers.
  • First Landing State Park: Not far from Cape Henry Lighthouse, this state park lures visitors with a beautiful beach and keeps them coming back with incredible biking and hiking trails surrounded by marsh.