Posted June 26, 2009 by Amy Westervelt
With more than 20 miles of white sandy beaches, a three-mile boardwalk, and pleasant, sunny weather much of the year, Virginia Beach is a great place for the all-American family holiday or a wild and rowdy spring break. Thankfully, unlike a lot of beach resorts, prices here are affordable for families and college students alike.
Rudee Tours: After a few hours of playing on the beach, head out to sea for a dolphin cruise with Rudee Tours. The tours are led by naturalists from the Virginia Beach Aquarium who really know their stuff, and dolphins frequently frolic next to the boat. In the winter, Rudee also offers whale watching cruises, and the chance to spot humpback and fin whales as they make their way down the Virginia Beach coastline. Dolphin tours cost $19 per adult.
Tautogs Restaurant: A quaint cottage-turned-eatery, Tautogs Restaurant is a hamlet of charm in the midst of sometimes-tacky Virginia Beach. It also serves up some of the best and cheapest local seafood, with tasty she-crab bisque, sage and cornmeal-coated catfish, and terrific crab cakes. Most entrees range from about $11 to $16.
Four Sails Resort: To escape Virginia Beach's high-rise oceanfront hotels without missing out on the view, book a condo at the Four Sails Resort. Located at the north end of the beach and offering all the amenities of a hotel but with more privacy, each one-bedroom condo has a full kitchen and an oceanview balcony, and the complex also includes a pool and gym. Rates range from $69 to $259 per night.
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(Photo: Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau)
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