Discovering Rudee Inlet
Rudee Inlet Is A Diverse Waterfront Community In Virginia Beach
Just around the corner from the boardwalk is a small marina community overflowing with activity. Rudee Inlet, just a short walk across Pacific Avenue, is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss during your stay in Virginia Beach. To truly experience Rudee Inlet, meander around the docks and watch the fishing and sport boats coming and going. Drool over the irresistible aromas of fresh seafood being prepared at any of the inlet’s famous waterfront restaurants. Ride with the dolphins or soar with the seagulls by trying one of the many water sport adventures. And finally, toast to family and friends as the sun sets on another perfect day in Virginia Beach.
Getting to Rudee Inlet
A great way to get to Rudee Inlet without stepping foot in the car or on the pedal is to catch the VB Wave—the Hampton Roads Transit shuttle that encircles Rudee Inlet via Route 30, May 1–September 30.
Or get there by foot on the Rudee Inlet Connector Walk. This 10-foot-wide concrete walkway connects Winston Salem Avenue, under the Rudee Inlet Bridge, to the 4th Street parking lot. The walkway ensures the safety of pedestrians and cyclists with a lighted, direct linkage from the Marina district to the Oceanfront.
Boating on the Inlet
As the headquarters for both offshore and inshore fishing charters, Rudee Inlet has all you need to plan the ultimate fishing excursion. Choose from a variety of half, full-day or even nighttime trips with experienced captains who know the best fishing spots around. Many charters are air conditioned, and their staff will provide you with all the tackle and gear you’ll need to reel in some prizewinners. If fishing isn’t your thing, you’ll definitely enjoy sitting back and relaxing as the head boats return to the dock with the day’s fresh catches. Just imagine the bounty of freshly caught seafood that could end up on your plate for dinner!
Exciting Rudee Inlet Activities Not to be Missed
Rudee Inlet is also home to several water sports outfitters and is the true hub of water activity in Virginia Beach. You can rent a wave runner and head into the open ocean right from the inlet, or take the whole family aboard a jet boat or sport boat, and enjoy a day’s worth of exciting boating. Rent a kayak and explore peaceful waters or sail the high seas on a luxury sailing yacht. You can go on a dolphin watching excursion in the summer, a whale watching trip in the winter and loads of other trips anytime in between.
Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals has been providing a wide range of on-the-water activities for nearly 30 years, including jet skis, boats, kayaks and fishing charters. Their 20-foot sport boats fit up to seven people and are great for families who want to get out and explore the scenic Virginia Beach coast. They also offer wave runners that can fit one, two or three people at a time, as well as the largest riding area in Virginia Beach.
Adventure Parasail will allow you to fly high above the Oceanfront and watch as the sunbathers become tiny specks on the sand. Fly by yourself or tandem with a friend; you can even specify if you want to dip your feet in the water or not.
Bon Appétit! An Abundance of Dining on Rudee Inlet
Of course, after all this adventure, you may have worked up a bit of an appetite. Locals and visitors alike know that Rudee Inlet is known for having some of the best restaurants in coastal Virginia. Enjoy the freshest seafood straight from the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, mouthwatering steaks, towering sandwiches, pastas and much, much more. Each of the restaurants has its own distinct ambience and provides a fabulous view of the inlet, and many offer great food and happy hour specials regularly.
Rockafeller’s Restaurant, one of the locals’ favorites, has been serving up delicious and fresh fare since 1989. People come by foot, bike, car and boat to experience the laidback marina atmosphere, signature cocktails and a slice of local flavor. Seafood is, of course, always the best option—especially when you can witness the fishermen rolling in with the freshest of catches. The carefree atmosphere, enhanced by the numerous rocking chairs, combined with mouthwatering meals and the Southern hospitality Virginia Beach is known for, has made Rockafeller’s the place to dine for over two decades.
Rudee’s Restaurant & Cabana Bar, a favorite among the locals and longtime visitors, has been delighting taste buds since 1983. Enjoy fresh seafood and steaks inside or out on the deck. The outdoor cabana, complete with seasonal fire pit tables and unique gliding tables overlooking the water, has its own menu of tasty cocktails, a delicious raw bar and mouthwatering appetizers. All throughout the day, whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, watch the boats come and go from the bustling marina.
Whether you’re looking for adventure on the water or a delicious meal at sunset, Rudee Inlet truly has it all.