Top 5 Reasons To Vacation At Virginia Beach

By: Adrian Adams

Virginia Beach is one of the nations top vacation destinations. It's the perfect place for both adults and children. The best times to visit Virginia Beach are in the summer, spring or fall.

As you would expect from its name, Virginia Beach has a beautiful sandy beach and that's the number 1 reason people swarm to this beautiful ocean resort town. The beach is the perfect place to relax in the sand, take a swim in the ocean or build a sandcastle. Lifeguards are on duty from mid May to Mid September. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. There is also a boardwalk which extends for 3 miles. Enjoy a walk, ride or bike or for the more adventurous, rollerblade on the boardwalk.

For history lovers, Virginia Beach is an ideal vacation location. The Cape Henry Lighthouse was completed in 1792. It's the first lighthouse structure authorized, fully completed, and lighted by the federal government. Virginia Beach was where the first permanent English settlers landed before continuing to Jamestown. In October, 1607 the London Company representatives erected the First Landing Cross to thank God and to Reassert England's claim to the land. The phenomenal Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is over 17 miles long combines bridges tunnels and 4 man made islands is a tribute to man's ingenuity.

There are also a number of great day trips to take from Virginia Beach. Within 60 or so mile are the historic cities of Jamestown, where the first permanent English settlement was established and Williamsburg, Virginia's first capital and where history is relived every day. Another great place to take children and adults is to Busch Gardens for a fun day of exciting rides and shows. Even closer is Norfolk which has the Chrysler Museum of Art, General Douglas MacArthur memorial and Nauticus, the National maritime Center with over 150 hands on exhibits. Also close by is Newport News with the maritime Museum and the Virginia Living Museum.

For those who enjoy outdoor sports, Virginia Beach has more than its fair share. There are 11 golf courses including 1 designed by Arnold Palmer's company. Of course, Virginia Beach offers many water sports including jet skiing, scuba diving kayaking. There are also many fishing boats where the captain will sail you to his favorite fishing spots.

Virginia Beach is also a great place to shop. Go antiquing, stroll through the art galleries or browse the book stores. There is also a farmers market where you can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and of course air conditioned malls one with over 120 stores and another with over 170 shops and services.

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