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Where the beautiful Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean

The bright, Virginia Beach sun has warmed up the sand in anticipation of yet another amazing beach season. We’re gearing up for a fantastic spring chock full of exciting events, activities, and adventures waiting to unfold. Virginia Beach abounds with outdoor activities to get your vacation juices flowing, fresh coastal cuisine to tickle your taste buds, and 3 miles of gorgeous boardwalk full of beautiful ocean views, eclectic shops, and unforgettable entertainment. Help us welcome the warm weather in style by living the life on the shores of Virginia Beach this spring!

The vessels Sarah Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery The rich history of Virginia Beach dates back nearly 400 years, when the first English colonists ventured to the New World. On April 26, 1607, the vessels Sarah Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery stopped at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

The notorious nemesis of the era, Blackbeard Princess Anne County had a continuous shoreline from the North Carolina border, north along the Atlantic coast to Cape Henry then west along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay to Little Creek Inlet. Such broad access by ocean and bay had its drawbacks. Pirates roamed the Princess Anne shores and plundered merchant ships mercilessly. A particularly notorious nemesis of the era was Blackbeard. He ruthlessly raided and looted ships up and down the Virginia and North Carolina coasts until his death in 1718 at the hands of mercenary soldiers hired by the colonial governor to track him down. Thus, the golden age of piracy ended.

Shoreline and waterways have made Virginia Beach a prime military location since the Revolutionary War. The little known Battle of the Capes off Cape Henry was a crucial event in 1781, when French allied forces effectively cut off Cornwallis' British troops stationed in Yorktown. No retreat was possible. Cornwallis was forced to surrender, resulting in victory for the patriot cause in Yorktown. Between 1874 and 1915, more than 185 shipwrecks occurred along Princess Anne County's shores, and five lifesaving stations were constructed to serve the region.

Four military installations in Virginia Beach--Oceana Naval Air Station, Little Creek, Fort Story, and Dam Neck - make the city a vital presence on the national and international map. With local museums, sports and entertainment arenas, and a thriving economic base, the City of Virginia Beach attracts vacationers and future residents alike.

Virginia Beach explodes with celebrations of music, food and sport year round! It's entertaining. It's exciting. It's Virginia Beach. Come and see us any time.

Come see a place that welcomed the first permanent English settlers to arrive in America (our first tourists, you might say.) A place that has grown with the times. A place that's familiar and surprising at the same time. Come see Virginia Beach.

Experience the Atlantic itself, sailing, surfing, swimming, fishing and diving. Or try it in the Chesapeake Bay. Wiggle your toes in 35 miles of clean sand, spike a volleyball or simply lay back on your towel and watch the dolphins. Snooze in one of our 11,000 rooms (5,000 on the oceanfront), stroll the famous boardwalk with its fabulous new facelift, take a spin on the carousel, eat a blue crab dripping with butter or listen to a band at the oceanfront, the sound of the waves keeping time in the background. Take a bike or a hike over a marshland with knobby cypress knees or through a forest of water oaks draped with lacy Spanish moss. See the sun set over the water (isn't this the East Coast?), surf the wind, chase sandpipers and watch soaring bald eagles.

VBfun is a great place to begin your vacation to Virginia Beach. This site contains a wealth of information about what to do, where to eat, and where to stay. You can search each section to find just the right information you need, and then add it to your own personal trip planner.

This popular resort city is just three and a half hours south of Washington, D.C., and within a short driving distance to most U.S. cities, making it the perfect vacation destination for one-third of the U.S. population. The roar of the ocean and brilliant sunrises have been drawing visitors to Virginia Beach for more than 100 years. It's a 310 square-mile vacation playland that offers sun, surf, sports, shopping, dining and more. Often, the most special vacation memories occur around the dining table. The experiences offered at Virginia Beach restaurants could fill a travel diary all on their own.

Virginia Beach explodes with celebrations of music, food and sport year round! It's entertaining. It's exciting. It's Virginia Beach. Come and see us any time.

Here in Virginia Beach, where blue skies meet blue waters, you'll find the warm hospitality you'd expect from a southern city, as well as the sophistication of a first-class meeting destination. Take a look at our facilities, our thriving metropolis, and our wonderful places to dine and shop. Don't miss our world-renowned attractions, special events, sporting activities, and over 45 miles of scenic waterways. And discover our vast history, diversity and culture that helped shape a nation.

The Unconventional Convention Center - rdinary? Hardly. Just blocks from the pounding surf and clean sand, the Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center majestically stands with column-free exhibit space, up to 12 breakout rooms, and a professional performing arts theater with advanced technical capabilities. The facility also provides 1,000 free parking spaces, and space for 20 motorcoaches. The Pavilion, operated by the City's Convention and Visitor Development Team, offers a great value for meeting planners. Handsome incentives are offered for groups needing a large inventory of rooms. And a central delegate housing system provides an efficient reservations service.

Consider the support staff here at the Virginia Beach Department of Convention and Visitor Development as an extension of your team; we're experienced and can put our resources to work for you. In fact, we've handled all types of meetings, from national and international conventions and military reunions to trade shows and professional seminars. Just say the word and we can provide you with planning assistance, a complimentary Housing Bureau, transportation coordination, registrar assistance, badges and brochures, promotional and planning special events assistance.

Centrally and strategically located on the mid-Atlantic in the southeasternmost corner of Virginia. A quick trip by air into the Norfolk/Virginia International Airport from major cities across the United States, with direct and connecting flights providing access from all over the country. Within one day's driving distance from two-thirds of the nation's population. Only 3 1/2 hours' driving time from Washington, D.C.

Virginia Beach is in the Hampton Roads MSA, an exciting seven-city metropolitan area that includes Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton. Just 45 minutes north are Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.

Virginia Beach's overall meeting and convention costs fall below the nation's average with no compromise on quality. While you're out on the town, you'll undoubtedly stop in some of our fine stores and restaurants. The tax rate for retail sales in Virginia Beach is 4.5%, for restaurants it's 9%, and for accommodations it's 10% plus $1 per room night.

Approximately 11,000 sleeping rooms in a wide variety of styles and price ranges. Over 5,000 first-class rooms within two miles of the Pavilion Convention Center.

The Pavilion is an outstanding convention center equipped to meet all of your needs and offer over 57,000 square feet of flexible column-free meeting space. With 1,000 + room nights, the Pavilion is potentially rent-free. Two cargo doors 16' X 16' high, easy access for exhibits and free parking.

Agriculture, tourism, retail, services, military contractors, entertainment production and programming, Navy, Coast Guard.

Many of our meeting facilities, restaurants, attractions and shopping centers offer access facilities for the physically challenged. During the summer months, ramps from the boardwalk to the beach are located at 2nd, 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th and 30th Streets. Designated on-street handicapped parking is located between the boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue on 2nd, 7th, 16th and 33rd Streets, with additional parking on side streets between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. Bayville Park, First Court Road and Shore Drive, has complete recreational facilities, including a special picnic shelter, deck shuffleboard and basketball court.

Virginia is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) November through March and on Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDST) April through October. This is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours behind Central European Time (CET).

Virginia Wesleyan College and Regent University in Virginia Beach; Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; Hampton University in Hampton; William & Mary in Williamsburg; and Tidewater Community College with campuses in Virginia Beach and throughout the region.

You want it, you got it. Virginia Beach has almost 200 public tennis courts; most are lighted, all are free. You'll find them at Bayville, Little Island, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne, Red Wing and Woodstock parks. The Parks and Recreation Department also operates the Owl's Creek Municipal Tennis Center just south of the resort area. It offers lessons, has tournament seating for 1,300, and charges a nominal court fee.

Virginia Beach is a pleasant family vacation destination that strives to maintain an atmosphere of good, clean fun. You can assist us by obeying our state and local ordinances, just as you would at home.Virginia Beach is served by the Norfolk International Airport, a 20-minute ride to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Air Tran, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, TWA, United and USAirways offer daily flights. Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty provide car rentals.

In addition to reserved parking at hotels, thousands of on-street parking spaces are available at the oceanfront. Municipal Parking Lots are located at 19th St. & Pacific Ave., 25th St. & Pacific Ave., 4th St. & Atlantic Ave., Croatan and Sandbridge beaches. The Municipal Parking Garage is located at 9th St. & Pacific Ave.

Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily from mid-May to mid-September in designated areas. Adjacent to the Boardwalk are public restrooms without changing facilities. Pets are not permitted on the public beaches or boardwalk area from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Surfing regulations vary in both location and time. Beach access via ramps for the disabled and designated on-street parking and parking lots are located throughout the resort area. It is customary to tip 15% of the bill for restaurant and taxi service; hotel porterage ranges from $.50-$1 per bag. Taxes are 10% for accommodations, 9% for restaurants and 4.5% for retail sales.

The Red Cross Language Bank, offers translators 24 hours a day. The City of Virginia Beach publishes a general brochure in five languages. To obtain a variety of brochures and to ask questions about the above notes. Or visit the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center at the end of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (Interstate 264) across from the Pavilion Convention Center. Appropriate attire is required for golf. Please do not wear jeans, cutoffs, tank tops or sneakers. Rain cancellation refunds are subject to golf course approval.