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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotels and Hotels near the Oceanfront invite you to join us for some weekend fun.

One of the great things about Virginia Beach is how easily accessible it is, providing weekend visitors with a resort-like getaway without a lot of fuss, muss or travel time. Here are a few tips to help make your trip to “The Beach” even more enjoyable:

Deciding what to pack. Start thinking about how long your visit will be and what you will need for every moment that you’re here. Keep a running list starting a week or two before you plan to leave so when it comes time to actually pack, you can check off each item on your list without having to panic about what you might be forgetting. On the plus side, if you do forget something, we’ve got lots of great shops and stores that can provide you with almost anything you might need.

Making your getaway (and return). There are only a few ways into the area from outside Virginia Beach, so if possible plan to arrive before traffic becomes an issue. If you’re coming in by way of any of the bridge tunnels, try to plan your arrival between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Any earlier and you might hit rush hour traffic (if you’re coming in on a weekday). Any later and you’ll hit the lunch crush, early shift dismissals from the Norfolk Naval Base or the shipyards. If you’re coming in the afternoon, your best bet is between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. However, keep in mind that if you are arriving in the afternoon, it may be harder to find parking or a good spot on the beach. When you’re getting ready to head home from your fantastic Virginia Beach experience, it seems that leaving at around 6:30 p.m. is considered by many to be optimal travel time.

There’s more here than just the beach. Unless your sole purpose for coming to Virginia Beach is to enjoy the sun, sand and surf, walk along the boardwalk and stopping in at several of the area’s best restaurants and cute little shops, and maybe even catching some live music at one of the outdoor stages, you might want to consider some of the other exciting venues the area has to offer. Do a little research and see what tickles your fancy. Here is a short list of a few of the more popular destinations:

● First Landing State Park – Offering up more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails through maritime forests, lagoons and swamps.

● The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center-Home to over 12,000 animals representing more than 700 species all housed in a variety of environments. The center also offers educational programs and workshops.

● Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours-Depending on what time of year you’re planning on visiting, there are several area cruise companies that offer tours.