Virginia Beach Vacation Guide – Attractions Not to Miss!

Virginia Beach is home to picturesque sandy beaches, an abundant amount of attractions, and is rich with history. When vacationing there visitors want to experience all that it has to offer but don’t always know where the best places are and the best things to do.

For those that will be taking a trip to this beautiful east coast city here is an overview of great places to add to your Virginia Beach Vacation Guide.


Whether you’re on a family vacation or a second honeymoon, there are many Virginia Beach hotels to choose from.

Marketed towards married couples, “Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast” is said to be “very romantic, enjoyable, and feels like home.” This hotel should be added to your Virginia Beach Vacation Guide because it is located in walking distance from the beach at 400 16th Street and is only 1 of 2 Victorian Cottages that remain in Virginia Beach.


If you want to really experience Virginia you’ll have to visit places that are rich with history like one of their many museums or beautiful “Colonial Williamsburg.”

Buildings dating from 1699 to 1780 are located at “Colonial Williamsburg” in the historic district of Williamsburg. This area has tons of history and was the center of education, government, and culture for most of the 18th century. “Colonial Williamsburg’s” motto is “The future may learn from the past” and when visiting you’ll see all that it has to offer. For example you will tour many buildings such as “Bassett Hall” which is the Rockefeller’s Williamsburg home, “The Brafferton” was the former Indian school on the William and Mary Campus, “Bruton Parish Church” was a 1600 Anglican Church and is still used today, “The Public Gaol” is where criminals, debtors, and deserters were held, “The Public Hospital” was the first mental hospital in North America, “R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse” catered to privileged townsmen, “The Market Square” is where auctions, markets, and celebrations took place, “Wigmaker” was the shop of Edward Charlton who was one of the best 18th Century Wigmakers in Virginia, and “Foodways” is where finer foods were made for the Governor’s Palace and Peyton Randolph’s home.


Everyone deserves a day of pampering and Virginia Beach has some of the best Salon and Day Spas in the Hampton Roads area.

“Ambiance Salon & Day Spa” is located in The Pembroke Plaza next to Town Center at 369 Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach. Business hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Fridays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This Salon and Day Spa should be added to your Virginia Beach Vacation Guide because of the variety of services they provide. Services such as a “Paraffin Dip,” “Chocolate Manicures,” “Hot Stone Therapy,” and “Salt Glow Body Treatment” are all offered at the spa.


Virginia Beach Vacation Guides should always include upscale restaurants with reasonable prices. There are many in the Virginia Beach area however “Bravo Cucina Italiana” ranks in the top 3.

“Bravo Cucina Italiana” is located at 193 Central Park Avenue in Virginia Beach. This is an Italian restaurant and their menu includes “Cheese Ravioli Al Forno,” “Artichoke and Spinach Formaggio,” and “Bruchetta with Mushrooms and Boursin.” “Affogato Di Gelato,” “Torda Di Cioccalata,” and “Bravo’s Famous Cheesecake” are their dessert specialties.


Anytime one goes on vacation, those left behind are usually promised some sort of souvenir. Virginia Beach has shopping malls, outlets, and stand alone department stores however the best shopping center is located in Norfolk.

“MacArthur Center” is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It’s located at 300 Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk. The mall is 3 stories and has numerous stores including theaters that are sure to meet the needs of every visitor and “MacArthur’s” food court is stocked with items that every shopper wants..

These attractions are some of the best and most popular in Virginia Beach and are guaranteed to make your trip memorable. I like to define my travel style as affordable luxury and this guide definitely encompasses that. I think it’s time for me to plan a trip to Virginia Beach now!

Have you ever been to Virginia Beach? What’s your travel style? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Happy travels!

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  1. Katie says:

    It has been over 30 years since I was at Virginia Beach! Great pictures and great memories of the warm Atlantic and also of visiting Williamsburg. Definitely need to revisit this part of the country again!

  2. Jay P. says:

    I used to visit Virginia Beach as a kid but would love to return with my kids soon. It’s been awhile. Hopefully next spring. Thanks for sharing.

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