Virginia Beach offers the classic beach vacation, and maintains a long-standing reputation as a family-friendly oceanfront resort. Visitors are greeted by a 300-foot wide beach lined by Virginia Beach’s three-mile concrete oceanfront Boardwalk. The resort offers a mild climate year-round. Itineraries include lazy days on the beach, the state parks and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge beckon, hiking, kayaking, and biking adventures. Fishing, golfing, whale watching, dolphin watching, historic landmarks, and exciting attractions and popular events are part of the Beach experience.
Virginia Beach, prior to 1963 known as Princess Anne County, was formed in 1691.
If you are coming from the Delmarva Peninsula, or anywhere northeast of it, the fastest way to drive to Virginia Beach is down Delmarva Peninsula, onto U.S. Route 13, and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
If you are coming from anywhere northwest or west of the area, the fastest way is along Interstate 64.
Coming from the south or southwest, it is easiest to take Interstate 85 or 95 to US 58.
While Virginia Beach has no train station, nearby Newport News has at least two daily trains both to and from Boston. Amtrak provides a connecting shuttle bus to Virginia Beach. There is now an Amtrak station in nearby downtown Norfolk.
Sprinter Bus operates daily service between Virginia Beach and Dover (Delaware) ($35) and New York City ($45). Their phone number is: 1-757-456-5555. In Dover, catch the bus at 1131 North Dupont Hwy, Dover. In New York City, catch the bus at 201 West 37th St. in Times Square. Buses drop you off at 5461 Wesleyan Dr., about two miles east of Norfolk International Airport. If you want to take the local HRT bus to the beachfront you will need to take the number 22 bus to Newtown Road light rail station and transfer to the 20 bus going east.