Boating in Virginia Beach, Virginia
A vacation destination for decades now, Virginia Beach still has plenty of family friendly fun and surf-and-sand appeal.
What to Do
Beach lovers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. The ocean side beaches are lined with shops, dining, and boardwalk amusements. The bayside beaches are tranquil and calm.
The ever-happening boardwalk features puppeteers, jugglers, magicians, festivals, open-air concerts, and—from mid-June through Labor Day—fireworks.
Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, on 14th Street, is a great place to cast a line or catch a bite. Inquire at Dockside Marina about fishing and dolphin watching excursions. (14th Street, 757-428-2333)
Garden Art, Etc., two blocks from the oceanfront at 518 Laskin Rd., is a great place to get a unique gift, and to explore garden statues, fountains, gates, tables, chairs, benches, ornate bird feeders and fence decor throughout two outside courtyards and seven rooms. (757-422-6223)
Double Take - Fashion Forward Consignment is a women's consignment store focused on being "green" by recycling fashionable clothing to get more wear out of it. Averaging about 50 new items per day, this cute store carries familiar designer brands such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, Chanel, St. John, Ann Klein, Chico's,Banana Republic, as well as 7 for Mankind Jeans and Citizen of Humanity Jeans. (604 Hilltop West Shopping Center, 757-422-3300)
Where to Eat
Java Surf Beach Cafe is a coffee shop with a just-off-the-sand feel to it. Grab a coffee and a newspaper or book and truly relax in this quaint coffee shop. Its central location makes it a great meet-up spot. There is free WiFi and an outside patio with tiki umbrellas. Along with great coffee, they have a great breakfast and lunch menu. (301 25th Street at the corner of 25th and Pacific Avenue., 757-9653-6600)
Rockafeller’s Restaurant is almost always packed, and it’s no wonder—the atmosphere is friendly and casual, and the food is spot-on. Tie up at the dock and grab a table overlooking Rudee’s Inlet, then dig into raw oysters, jumbo lump crabcakes, and baby back ribs. (388Mediterranean Ave., 757-422-5654)
Set right on the boardwalk, Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant is the place for all things fish—grilled, broiled, or blackened to perfection. The two outdoor patios and stage for live music make it a fun place to while away a whole evening. (615 Atlantic Ave., 757-437-8030)
Where to Dock
Rudee Inlet Station Marina can accommodate yachts up to 100 feet, has two restaurants, and is within walking distance of the beach and the boardwalk. (227 Mediterranean Ave., 757-422-2999, www.rudeesmarina.com)
The Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club features premium amenities such as golf, tennis, and excellent dining. (1052 Cardinal Rd., 757-428-3131, cavaliergyc.com)