Virginia Beach's Diverse Districts
Your Guide to Our Unique Coastal Community
When you first think of Virginia Beach, your mind escapes to a coastal paradise with our three-mile boardwalk as the centerpiece. While the boardwalk is buzzing year-round with activity, there’s just as much to see throughout all of Virginia Beach. The oceanfront resort area isn’t the only place in this growing city to find shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment options. See a different side to the city as you explore all of Virginia Beach’s diverse districts!
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
A hub for accommodations, dining and entertainment, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the center of all the action in the city. From sunrise to sunset, you’ll see both locals and visitors alike biking, jogging or walking along the boardwalk. Whether they’re getting some exercise, grabbing a bite to eat or listening to live music, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk always has something going on.
Things to Do at the Oceanfront
The sounds of waves crashing calls you off the boardwalk and onto the 28 miles of beach at the Oceanfront. Take in the area while soaring high on a parasail, or ride the waves while surfing or jet skiing. Head to Rudee Inlet to kayak the more serene waters at the Oceanfront on a scenic water tour.
Take a walk along the boardwalk where you’ll find a whirlwind of activities for couples, families and friends, day or night. You could spend an entire day shopping for the latest beachwear at one of the many shops along Pacific and Atlantic Avenues. You’ll also find candy stores, surf shops and everything in between.
In the evening, Atlantic Avenue becomes a stage as Live! On Atlantic showcases a variety of performers. Enjoy everything from talented street performers to musicians, jugglers and more. You can find even more live entertainment at the local restaurants, bars and clubs at the Oceanfront.
Dining at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to have a delicious dining experience at the Oceanfront. With a number of restaurants both on and off the boardwalk, you’ll have almost too many options to choose from. A meal in Virginia Beach is not complete without ordering some of our locally-caught seafood. You can even find local fishermen on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier on 15th Street reeling in their latest catch. Or, just grab a quick bite and a drink while enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Just 15 miles south of the Oceanfront is a quiet retreat comprised of rolling sand dunes on miles of pristine beach. Sandbridge Beach used to be a local’s secret hideaway, but with a number of stunning beach-front properties, it has become a refuge for both locals and visitors looking to escape the bustling boardwalk.
Things to Do near Sandbridge Beach
Spend a day at Little Island Park at the southern end of Sandbridge Beach. The 2,000-foot swimming beach will give your family plenty of room to have some fun in the surf and sand. For those looking to stay off the sand, there is also a playground for the little ones and courts for basketball, volleyball and pickleball.
Little Island Park also features a 400-foot fishing pier. Cast your line with the Atlantic Ocean in the background or head to the nearby brackish lake for more fishing and crabbing. You can also launch a kayak or canoe from the park into the Back Bay.
From Little Island Park, you can also visit two of Virginia Beach’s most untouched coastal territories. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,250-acre refuge home to a number of species including migratory birds. Back Bay NWR features over eight miles of scenic trails that are perfect for immersing yourself in Virginia Beach’s natural setting.
Take the tram from Back Bay NWR to False Cape State Park, one of the last undeveloped areas along the East Coast. False Cape is another perfect location to experience nature in its primal glory. Rough it on a primitive camping trip, go hiking or biking along miles of trails or kayak along the six miles of ocean.
Sandbridge Beach is the perfect place to get your fix of the Atlantic Ocean while relaxing in a more natural setting and experiencing more of Virginia Beach’s local appeal.
Chesapeake Bay Beach
Just north of the Oceanfront off Shore Drive is the Chesapeake Bay Beach area, known to locals as Chic’s (or Chick’s) Beach. Don’t let the calm waves fool you, Chic’s Beach offers just as much as the city’s other beaches. From floating in the shallow waters to kayaking through the marshlands, enjoy all of your favorite beach activities right here.
Things to Do near Chic's Beach
Spend the day at First Landing State Park and explore the 19 miles of hiking trails and or enjoy an ecological kayak tour. On a relaxing hike or bike ride, you’ll be able to spot a number of native wildlife and rare plants. Fishing and crabbing are also activity options at one of the bays in the park.
Chic’s Beach also offers historic attractions like the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Climb to the lantern room and capture sweeping views of the water. Or, visit the site where the first permanent English settlers landed in 1607.
Shore Drive is a street filled with dining and shopping options when you visit Chic’s Beach. From freshly-caught seafood to family-friendly eateries serving dishes for even the pickiest eaters, you will find a mix of dining options.
Many restaurants also offer live entertainment making Chic’s Beach a popular spot for local nightlife.
Chic’s Beach’s tranquil beaches complement the bustling seaside community just steps from the beach.
Simplicity at its finest, Pungo is a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Virginia Beach’s tourist areas. Conveniently located from NAS Oceana and Sandbridge, Pungo is filled with locally-cultivated charm.
Things to Do in Pungo
Amidst the acres of farmland, this rural area is known for farm-to-table dining, pick-your-own farms, locally-owned shops and the Pungo Strawberry Festival. The annual festival celebrates Virginia Beach’s agricultural heritage, specifically strawberry growing, through food, live music, carnival rides and a parade during Memorial Day weekend.
Take a step back in time as you marvel at restored World War II aircrafts at the Military Aviation Museum. Walk through the massive hangars or book a private plane ride in one of the bi-planes.
Past the paved roadways are inlets, marshes and plenty of country to explore. Launch a kayak from Munden Point Park, on the North Landing River, or paddle through the marshy wetlands of Back Bay.
While you’re exploring Pungo, be sure to make a pitstop at one of the many farm stands in the area. This is the perfect opportunity to not only support local growers, but also get fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods and more that will make for a tasty meal or a satisfying snack.
Take a day trip to Pungo, in southern Virginia Beach, for homegrown goodness in this laid-back community.
Virginia BeachTown Center
As you drive to Virginia Beach from I-264, it’s nearly impossible to miss the tallest building in the state of Virginia. The Westin Tower stands as beacon in Virginia Beach’s Town Center. Town Center’s modern flair has made the area a shopping and dining destination for locals and visitors alike.
Things to Do at Virginia Beach Town Center
Escape the sand for the tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly streets of Town Center. Whether you want to spend the day exploring with your family or enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one, there’s so much to do at Town Center.
Live entertainment abounds at Town Center. See a show at one of the nearby venues, listen to live music at a local restaurant or laugh the night away at the comedy club. Day or night, let Town Center be your urban escape just minutes from the beach.
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ViBe Creative District
Vibrant, creative and one of a kind, the ViBe Creative District is Virginia Beach’s arts and cultural neighborhood. Just blocks from the Oceanfront, the ViBe District is a playground for local artists and a centerpiece for locally-owned restaurants, shops, museums and more.
Image from Chesley De Leon
Things to Do in the ViBe District
As you walk the streets, look up, down and all around at the murals and street art that decorate the neighborhood. The ViBe District aims to promote, support, connect and inspire Virginia Beach’s arts and creative industries.
They also achieve this through the number of restaurants in the ViBe District that offer farm-to-table dining.
Visit the ViBe District throughout the week for exciting events, including arts and dining walking tours, concert series, the Old Beach Farmers Market, as well as pop up events and special programming throughout the year.
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