From the developed sands of Virginia Beach to the protected shores of Chincoteague Island, Virginia offers a beach lover's dream vacation... complete with a taste of the Commonwealth's southern charm and hospitality.
Of course, the city of Virginia Beach is the state's main tourist draw with millions a year visiting the famous 3-mile-long boardwalk and the outdoor amphitheater that rocks all summer long with major headliners and local talent. Also don't miss a visit to Mount Trashmore, a recycled dump heap beautifully transformed into a green city oasis.
Got time for a day trip? Less than an hour's drive from the boardwalk and you're traveling back to the 18th century and Colonial Williamsburg, along with nearby action-packed fun at Busch Gardens featuring the "Loch Ness Monster," perhaps one of the world's greatest rollercoaster rides.
Besides the coast, don't forget Virginia's river beaches in Northern Virginia,where five small public beaches run along the Potomac, including Westmoreland State Park beach and Colonial Beach, the state's northernmost beach and site of George Washington's birthplace.
DID YOU KNOW? Virginia beaches fun facts:
Assateague Island's wild ponies.
• Stretching for 30 miles, Virginia Beach holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records.for the longest pleasure beach in the world.
• Virginia's Eastern Shore is connected to the mainland via the 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, considered "One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World."
• Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, located off the eastern coast of Delmarva, has more than 14,000 acres of marshland, beaches and dunes where wild ponies still run free.
More about Virginia beaches and coastal areas around the Web:
Virginia Beaches - The Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia has it all... search for beaches by region or browse the listing for further details, maps and directions. You can switch over to activities to find out what cruises, water sports equipment or fishing boats will be available in each place.
Beach - One of the best known of Virginia's beach communities, the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau site does a good job of presenting beach and pool activities plus plenty of other attractions to keep you busy having an enjoyable vacation including practical info, maps and directions, pictures, contact info.
Virginia Beaches - A complete directory of top beaches with good overviews of attractions, amenities, maps.