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“Christmas Lights” 5 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach
Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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“Christmas Lights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is a must see. The lights are beautiful and driving on the board walk is cool. The kids loved it.

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“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Nice and relatively clean. I am sure the hurricane did not do it much justice. Beach is nice walking with the boardwalk close by. Alot of trash floating up out of the ocean, but then again, blame it on the hurricane. Hopefully, they have beach patrol that will start cleaning up all of the debris.

Visited December 2012
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virginia beach
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“in love!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

so its the off season and i just moved here from richmond, wasn't sure how i'd feel about living here in the colder months. to be honest it isn't as much fun as in the summer but the amazing resturants and bars are where you'll find the most enjoyment. i love the beaches and the great selection of things to do. touristy joints are great and the local activities are quite the thrill. check it out! and if you are planning to move here, you'll find there is plenty to do! welcome!!!

Visited June 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“lights, great boardwalk, free wide beach, lots to do, affordable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I like the variation there is something for everyone. The beachs are wide, there is a beach that has very mild surf for children. The Marine Science Aquarium is really great and there are great restaurants within walking distance of most hotels.

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“Live here and love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I've lived in several states and living in Virginia, especially in Va Beach, is my favorite so far. It's a great place to live, work, and play. For those visiting, there are a ton of things to do and not just in and around the beach's boardwalk.

But, for those just staying on the beach and keeping to that area, check out Rudee's inlet for jet ski rentals, dolphin and whale watches, and other water activities. Mahi Mah's is one of the most popular spots on the oceanfront as they have lots of entertainment. I think the best spot on the beach for pizza is Planet Pizza down around 9th street. Travel a block or two away from the oceanfront if you want to hit some of the places more frequented by locals.

If you're here during the summer, check out the side streets for free entertainment. There are many different types of acts from magicians to fire spinners. Also, be sure to check out virginiabeach.com --> attractions --> festivals before you book your stay as there are various festivals all throughout the summer. Each has a different theme and will have different offerings. Some offer free concerts with pretty big names too. Then there are things like car shows and the yearly "Monsters on the Beach" festival where you'll see Monster trucks in the sand. Having a folding chair for festivals and concerts is something to consider.

I'd say the hub of the beach is between 19th and 22nd street since I264 drops off in that vicinity, so if you want to be where the majority of the action is, stay around that area. The higher number cross streets get more pricey are are a little more upscale. I'd say, in general, it's the opposite for the lower number cross streets, but none of the hotels right on the beach are "dumpy" or low end. If surfing is your thing, you'll want to say at the end of the beach with the lowest cross street numbers as the best surfing is from the beginning of the beach to 5th street. Regardless of what part of the beach you choose to stay at, there's a bus that runs up and down the strip all summer long. Last time I checked it was a $1 a ride, which isn't bad if you want to get from 5th all the way to 31st street or something like that.

If you're willing to venture away from the oceanfront, but still want to stay nearby, hit the Aquarium and Motorworld. If you're up for venturing a little further, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens are beautiful and the Norfolk Zoo has a good offering as well. If you go as far as the peninsula, the Virginia Air and Space Center is a good stop, as is the Virginia Living Museum. And if you're up that far north, you might as well hit Busch Gardens and Williamsburg as well. Oceana Naval Air Station (in Va. Beach) and Langley Air Force Base (in Hampton) both put on yearly air shows as well. What I'm saying is that while the beach and oceanfront itself is great, that's far from all the area has to offer.

Word to the wise, the beach is loaded with cops who love to stop people for drinking and driving, speeding, illegal parking, or any other infraction, so watch yourself if you rent a car. Also, there are plenty of parking lots, garages, and metered parking, but be prepared to pay various rates for parking outside of your hotel's garage. Parking rates are fairly reasonable, but do go up in quite a few locations during major festivals.

Resources to check before you visit are virginiabeach.com, hamptonroads.com, and pilotonline.com. Happy travels.

Visited December 2012
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