If you live in Virginia Beach, you understand just how delightfully multi-faceted the area truly is; if you are visiting, then you realize quickly that the city offers more to experience than can be done in just one trip. This blog post will give you a handy, “cheat sheet” overview of the different beach areas, whether you are interested in exploring the lively Resort Area boardwalk or shopping in Town Center. Find out what our city has to offer—then go explore!
One of the seven original boroughs created within Virginia Beach, Bayside lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 13 and U.S. Route 60 in the northern part of the city. The historical Adam Thoroughgood house, built in 1680, is a landmark of Bayside and one of the oldest houses from the early Colonial period. For those looking for a bit more activity, check out the beautiful Cypress Point Golf Club!
This laid back, family friendly, urbanized community of Virginia Beach is one of our personal favorites. Kempsville lies at the heart of the VA Beach metro area and offers easy access to nearly everything in the city, with plenty of shopping, schools, dining and entertainment options to choose from. Its apartments, condos, and single-family dwellings are popular with homebuyers seeking a thriving urban neighborhood feel that is conveniently situated near many popular VA Beach destinations. For Kempsville locals, the Regent University Theatre and the highly rated Founders Inn and Spa are great places to sit back and relax!
Lynnhaven has plenty to offer as another favorite destination for families in VA Beach. Situated right by the Oceana Naval Air Station, it features an array of dining and retail store options—Lynnhaven Mall is consistently popular with shoppers—and the kid-friendly Hunt Club Farm is not too far away.
Speaking of shopping: if you’re planning a special trip to explore stores in Virginia Beach, then Hilltop is a destination you can’t afford to miss. The Shops at Hilltop—a premier shopping mall with 120 award-winning shops, restaurants, and services—are located just a few minutes from the VA Beach oceanfront. There really is something here for everyone in the family!
Nestled up against the Lynnhaven River, the Little Neck area features the Lynnhaven House, built in 1725, and is a prime area for kayaking adventures and other fun water activities set against a historical backdrop.
Great Neck is connected to the Chesapeake Bay, situated on a peninsula in the Northern half of Virginia Beach, and is a favorite spot for fisherman. Because of its topography, Great Neck offers excellent beaches, a safe harbor to store a boat, lovely views and easy access to the highway and the bustling downtown area.
So much to experience in this lively hotspot in Virginia Beach! The area is a diverse mix of shopping, dining and entertainment, and a visit there could involve anything from hearing local live music to enjoying world-renowned entertainment at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to its many stores, offering an incredible shopping experience, Town Center also offers upscale apartments and accommodations for those looking to stay a while and keep exploring.
Chesapeake Bay Beach—known as “Chick’s Beach”
If you are looking for calmer, gentler waves, enjoy a more laid-back beach experience at Chesapeake Bay beach, just off Shore Drive. There are plenty of opportunities to take a stroll or dine at a fine restaurant.
An even more secluded stretch of beach can be found here, just 15 miles south of the Resort Area. Sandbridge is a “hideaway” beach of sorts with a peaceful community of quiet marshes and the open waters of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False cape State Park, and a must-visit if you enjoy fishing, kayaking and hiking.
Resort Area Beach
A three-mile boardwalk, plenty of restaurants and shops, and a park-like setting make for the perfect bustling beach destination. The Resort Area extends from Croatian Beach in the south all the way to the North End beaches…it is a beautiful, active, and unique area that locals know as a spot worth visiting again and again, especially in the hot summer!
A quiet community located in the southern part of the city, Pungo is the only real “rural” area in Virginia Beach. Many of the areas are actually zoned for horses! The schools are highly rated and for those who live there love it as “country living” for VA Beach (it also one of the only areas where you can buy multiple acres of land!).
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