Virginia Coast Travel Guide
Virginia Beach boardwalk © Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
Virginia Beach, 110 miles (178km) east of Richmond, is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the East Coast where thousands of sun lovers flock each spring and summer for a traditional beachfront vacation. Most visitors are drawn to the three-mile (5km) long boardwalk, lined with numerous hotels and restaurants overlooking part of the 20 miles (32km) of unbroken sand that covers the coastline here. The beaches are excellent, and the town hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships, as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championships, each year. In fact, Virginia Beach is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest pleasure beach in the world.
Virginia Beach also has some interesting sightseeing attractions, particularly the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the most popular museum in the state. Historic landmarks include the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse dating from 1791 and Adam Thoroughgood House, built around 1680. There is also the First Landing Seashore State Park (where the Jamestown settlers came ashore) offering nature trails and boating. The Virginia Beach Amphitheater hosts a number of productions throughout the summer.
Virginia Beach is located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, and is near to a number of interesting towns, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk. Its close proximity and resort town infrastructure makes it an excellent base for exploring all of the towns and hamlets of the Virginia coast.
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