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Popular amenities for Virginia Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Virginia Beach's top sights

Virginia Beach Boardwalk170 locals recommend
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center329 locals recommend
First Landing State Park340 locals recommend
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach56 locals recommend
Norfolk International Airport37 locals recommend
Lynnhaven Mall99 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Virginia Beach

  • Total rentals

    3K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    86K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.7K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    700 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.4K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.5K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Virginia Beach

All About Virginia Beach

Surfers, swimmers, and sunbathers come to Virginia Beach to spend sunny days at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay as it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The three-mile coastal boardwalk is lined with fresh-pressed juice shacks, pastry shops, and fashion boutiques, and there’s a separate lane for skaters and rollerbladers. Sweet saltwater taffy and maple nut fudge are traditional treats to savor along the shore, and local Lynnhaven oysters are an ever-popular mainstay on local menus.

For a commanding view of the bay, climb the 191 steps up Old Cape Henry Lighthouse — part of the journey involves climbing a tall ship’s ladder. Mount Trashmore provides an offbeat attraction that combines a skatepark, playground, and a grassy mound of reused landfill. If it’s been a while since your last surfing trip, Croatan Beach is the place to get some inspiration when it hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Virginia Beach

Summer is by far the most popular season here, with the sun and sand attracting visitors looking for Virginia Beach condo rentals. Spring is a lovely time to visit, especially for those who enjoy the great outdoors and a mild climate. The fall is a not-so-well-kept secret in Virginia Beach, as pleasantly warm temperatures can extend well into September, allowing visitors to stretch out their stays with a little more space to breathe. This is also when the Neptune Festival showcases intricate sand sculptures along the shore. The holiday season is a big deal here, with plenty of festivities such as Holiday Lights at the Beach, the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler, and the Christmas Market. The winter months also bring thousands of migrating birds to the bay, and this is the place to be for whale-watchers.

Top things to do in Virginia Beach

Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center is committed to marine conservation through research, education, and sustainable practices. The center is focused on the study of native Chesapeake Bay marine animals and plants, though researchers have pursuits and interests that cover the world’s oceans and waterways. Take a boat tour to learn more about its work and the bay’s underwater residents.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Step back from the shore for a while and take a look around the collection at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on Parks Avenue. The popular Boardwalk Art Show takes place over the summer months, and the alternative ViBe District is home to craftspeople, skate shops, and music venues.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Grab your paddle and set out for a leisurely afternoon on the water. Explore Chesapeake Bay, venture into Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or float further afield through the scenic Great Dismal Swamp. Harbor seals, black bears, bobcats, and even bald eagles can be spotted in the local area. Braving cooler temperatures in winter might even be rewarded with a humpback whale sighting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Virginia Beach?

    Virginia Beach enjoys a mild climate. Summers are warm, with July temperatures often reaching 87°F (31°C), while winters are cool, hovering around 42°F (5°C) in January. Spring and autumn are pleasantly mild, making them great times for outdoor activities. Remember to pack accordingly!

  • What are some of the best things to do in Virginia Beach?

    Sunbathing and surfing at Virginia Beach's coastline is a popular activity. Exploring the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, hiking in First Landing State Park, and strolling along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk are other frequent choices. For history enthusiasts, a visit to the Military Aviation Museum might be of interest.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Virginia Beach?

    The most popular time to visit Virginia Beach is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is ideal for beach activities. The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival in September draws many visitors with its art shows, regattas, and sandcastle competitions. In spring, the East Coast She Crab Soup Classic is a popular culinary event.

  • What are the best places to stay in Virginia Beach?

    Some popular areas to stay in Virginia Beach include the Oceanfront district with its beach access and lively boardwalk, the North End's quieter residential vibe, and Sandbridge for a more secluded beach escape. Chesapeake Bay Area is another good option, known for its calmer waters and family-friendly environment.

  • What are the best places to visit in Virginia Beach?

    Virginia Beach is home to fascinating spots like the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the Military Aviation Museum, and the Cape Henry Lighthouse. For nature lovers, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and First Landing State Park are great places for a visit. The bustling Virginia Beach Boardwalk is another frequent destination.

  • What are some hiking trails in Virginia Beach?

    If you're craving some outdoor exploration, you might want to visit First Landing State Park. It boasts over 32 km (20 miles) of trails ranging in difficulty, with Bald Cypress Trail and Cape Henry Trail being the most frequented. You can also try the Pleasure House Point Natural Area, a 45-hectare (118-acre) waterfront park with scenic walking paths.

  • What are some family activities to do in Virginia Beach?

    Families in Virginia Beach often enjoy exploring the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or learning at the Children's Museum of Virginia. Beach days at Sandbridge Beach, hiking in First Landing State Park, and boat tours to see dolphins are other activities that families frequently embark on.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Virginia Beach?

    Popular day trips from Virginia Beach include a drive to the Historic Triangle, comprising Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, around 93 km (58 miles) away. Norfolk, only 27 km (17 miles) away, is also a frequent choice, known for its naval base and vibrant arts scene.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Virginia Beach?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,460 vacation rentals in Virginia Beach featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Virginia Beach?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Virginia Beach. Choose from more than 700 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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