One of the best parts about getting stationed at Norfolk Naval Station or any of the other 757 bases are the beaches. If you love the sun, water, and all things beach, this is the place for you. Whether the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean, there is something for every beach lover. You can sun bathe, you can rent water sports gear, or even go fishing.
Below is a guide about how to spend a day at Virginia Beach:
Virginia Beach, commonly referred to as the “Oceanfront,” is home to a three-mile-long boardwalk. Approved activities include walking, jogging, roller skating, and biking. Skateboards are not allowed on the boardwalk. Animals are prohibited on the boardwalk, grassy areas, or the beach between Rudee Inlet and 42nd St. from 6:00 pm on the Friday prior to Memorial Day until 6:00 pm on Labor Day. Along Atlantic Ave. sits a host of restaurants, bars, recreational activities, and hotels. There really is something for everyone. Atlantic is also home to shopping with many boutiques.
Popular attractions include the iconic Neptune statue located on the boardwalk at the intersection of Laskin and Atlantic. Across the street lies the historic Cavalier Hotel. This picturesque hotel dates back to 1927 and has welcomed 10 presidents and luminaries from Frank Sinatra to Elizabeth Taylor. Today, the hotel has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur, blending the timeless luxury of a bygone era with the comfort, amenities and technology that today’s travelers demand.
Food & Drink
Take a break from the heat and cool off with an orange crush from The Shack or Waterman’s Surfside Grille and browse the cute clothing of Beach Nut Boutique. If you’re looking for a nice cocktail with a view, Orion’s Roof is for you. From 183 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, Orion’s Roof showcases refined Asian-fusion cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a modern rooftop-garden setting. Join us for lunch or dinner, drinks and genuine hospitality. Soak in the million-dollar views. And enjoy an elegant, beautifully relaxed evening under the Virginia Beach stars.
After a long day at the beach, it’s time to refuel. Grab a delicious burger from Repeal Bourbons and Burgers. Perhaps you are looking for a nice sit-down style meal, Il Giardino is your place. What goes better with a day at the beach than fresh Mexican food and wonderful drinks? The answer: Pelon’s Baja Grill. Authentic Californian style Mexican dishes are their specialty. A relaxed atmosphere with colorful Mexican interiors and views of the water complements the delicious flavors.
The biggest question asked about visiting the beach: what about parking? Municipal parking lots are located on Atlantic Avenue at 4th Street, Rudee Loop, 2nd Street, and on Pacific Avenue at 19th Street and Croatan Beach. The lots charge a daily fee from April 1 to October 31. The municipal parking garages are located on Pacific Avenue at 9th Street, 25th Street, and 31st Street. The maximum fee for the day at any of the garage locations is $10 unless staying overnight. Metered parking is available throughout the resort area. A fee of $2.00 is charged per hour from April 1 – October 31. All meters accept credit cards, debit cards, or coins. Payment may also be made by cell phone via Parkmobile. My biggest piece of advice: plan ahead, carpool, and get to your desired destination early.
The best part of the Oceanfront is there is truly something for everyone. From a casual beach day to a date night all dressed up, Virginia Beach is a must visit!