Guidebook for Virginia Beach

Dafna & Ron

Guidebook for Virginia Beach

Food Scene
A small list of eateries that are personal favorites or have been recommended by our guests. Let us know of your own discoveries that we should add.
Fresh-baked goods, friendly owner, great coffee blends
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Perked Up Coffee Cafe'
3198 Pacific Avenue
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Fresh-baked goods, friendly owner, great coffee blends
Delicious smoothies and light food menu - ideal for vegetarians. Very health conscious!
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The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market
3801 Pacific Ave
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Delicious smoothies and light food menu - ideal for vegetarians. Very health conscious!
A long-time part of the VB scene inside an old home, Doc's offers traditional home-cooked meals for breakfast and lunch with dinner available in their adjoining restaurant Tautog's. It's popular, so you may have to wait a bit for a table during peak times.
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Doc Taylor's Restaurant
207 23rd Street
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A long-time part of the VB scene inside an old home, Doc's offers traditional home-cooked meals for breakfast and lunch with dinner available in their adjoining restaurant Tautog's. It's popular, so you may have to wait a bit for a table during peak times.
This locally-based restaurant features an "artisan kitchen" with fresh bread-baking on premises. Although they have multiple locations now, one of the originals is just a couple of miles from the beach. Breakfast, lunch or dinner menu very reasonably priced - this is the place we bring out-of-town friends and family. (Contemporary American fare)
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Baker's Crust Virginia Beach
704 Hilltop North Shopping Center
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This locally-based restaurant features an "artisan kitchen" with fresh bread-baking on premises. Although they have multiple locations now, one of the originals is just a couple of miles from the beach. Breakfast, lunch or dinner menu very reasonably priced - this is the place we bring out-of-town friends and family. (Contemporary American fare)
Terrific hole-in-the wall family-owned Thai restaurant, a five minute drive away. Very reasonable prices.
Thai Arroy
608 N Birdneck Rd
Terrific hole-in-the wall family-owned Thai restaurant, a five minute drive away. Very reasonable prices.
Recommended by locals for great seafood in a casual setting right on the ocean pier at 15th Street, in the heart of the boardwalk area.
Ocean Eddie's Seafood Restaurant
1415 Atlantic Ave
Recommended by locals for great seafood in a casual setting right on the ocean pier at 15th Street, in the heart of the boardwalk area.
Like Indian food? This is the place, 8-minute drive away from beach.
Nawab Indian Cuisine
756 First Colonial Road
Like Indian food? This is the place, 8-minute drive away from beach.
Family-style Italian food with NY-style pizza, build-your-own salads.
Ynot Italian
3316 Atlantic Ave
Family-style Italian food with NY-style pizza, build-your-own salads.
A few minutes off the beach with a new owner and chef, this great restaurant offers a distinctive Sicilian menu.
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La Bella Italia
1065 Laskin Road
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A few minutes off the beach with a new owner and chef, this great restaurant offers a distinctive Sicilian menu.
If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion with a gourmet meal, this very close-by (on Holly Road) nationally recognized (top 50) award winning farm-to-table restaurant is a great choice.
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Terrapin Restaurant
3102 Holly Road
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If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion with a gourmet meal, this very close-by (on Holly Road) nationally recognized (top 50) award winning farm-to-table restaurant is a great choice.
Guests have rated this a favorite for fresh-made burritos, tacos and home-made salsa, just 10 blocks away. Fast-food casual style, but everything is made fresh and to order - surfers hang out here!
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Pelon's Baja Grill
3619 Pacific Avenue
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Guests have rated this a favorite for fresh-made burritos, tacos and home-made salsa, just 10 blocks away. Fast-food casual style, but everything is made fresh and to order - surfers hang out here!
For another side of Virginia Beach, take a short drive to Bubba's Seafood, located between the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River. Great views and local flavor, with lots of marina activity. Just off of Shore Drive, which starts at the north end of Atlantic Avenue around the bend at the mouth of the bay.
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Bubba's Seafood Restaurant and Crabhouse
3323 Shore Drive
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For another side of Virginia Beach, take a short drive to Bubba's Seafood, located between the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River. Great views and local flavor, with lots of marina activity. Just off of Shore Drive, which starts at the north end of Atlantic Avenue around the bend at the mouth of the bay.
Rudee's is one of three restaurant/bars at Rudee Inlet, which is at the southern end of the hotel zone, near 5th Street. Classic Virginia Beach marina locale, and also the starting point for many water tours - fishing, parasailing, dolphin/whale watching, etc.
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Rudee's Restaurant and Cabana Bar
227 Mediterranean Avenue
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Rudee's is one of three restaurant/bars at Rudee Inlet, which is at the southern end of the hotel zone, near 5th Street. Classic Virginia Beach marina locale, and also the starting point for many water tours - fishing, parasailing, dolphin/whale watching, etc.
This is a popular place for those hankering for big plate but inexpensive high-calorie breakfasts. (You're on vacation after all!)
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Pocahontas Pancake House
3420 Atlantic Ave
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This is a popular place for those hankering for big plate but inexpensive high-calorie breakfasts. (You're on vacation after all!)
A long-time favorite for drinks and food including local sushi specialties.
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Mahi's
615 Atlantic Ave
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A long-time favorite for drinks and food including local sushi specialties.
A cozy family-owned seafood establishment with great food and big views of the ocean at the lower end of the boardwalk.
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워터맨스 서프사이드 그릴
415 Atlantic Avenue
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A cozy family-owned seafood establishment with great food and big views of the ocean at the lower end of the boardwalk.
A fun bistro just a short walk from our place (6 blocks), Pacifica features a full cocktail bar with daily specials. They also specialize in a variety of fresh-made tapas - Argentinian pastries that are great as appetizers or more - perfect for sharing platters from among the menu selection of fillings.
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Pacifica
214 40th Street
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A fun bistro just a short walk from our place (6 blocks), Pacifica features a full cocktail bar with daily specials. They also specialize in a variety of fresh-made tapas - Argentinian pastries that are great as appetizers or more - perfect for sharing platters from among the menu selection of fillings.
Close to our place and the center of oceanfront activities, this fully-equipped brewery offers up a wide selection of local beer, ale, IPAs etc. inside an old postal facility. No food served, but food trucks and carts generally pull up in the afternoon.
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Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House
313 32nd St
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Close to our place and the center of oceanfront activities, this fully-equipped brewery offers up a wide selection of local beer, ale, IPAs etc. inside an old postal facility. No food served, but food trucks and carts generally pull up in the afternoon.
Parks & Nature
Whether you want to take a 20-minute lakeside stroll or a 3 hour hike through all types of micro-environments, this jewel of the city has it all. There are also some beaches on the bay side and kayak rentals. The 64th Street entrance is just a mile from our house. To get to the main visitors center, you drive to the Shore Drive entrance, or bike through the woods trail off 64th Street.
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First Landing State Park 64th St Entrance
225 64th St
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Whether you want to take a 20-minute lakeside stroll or a 3 hour hike through all types of micro-environments, this jewel of the city has it all. There are also some beaches on the bay side and kayak rentals. The 64th Street entrance is just a mile from our house. To get to the main visitors center, you drive to the Shore Drive entrance, or bike through the woods trail off 64th Street.
Entertainment, Arts & Activities
A non-comprehensive list based on personal preferences and popularity.
This is a personal favorite, but it is in the Ghent district of Norfolk, our neighboring city to the west. The theater first opened in the 1930s, but has been operated as an independent cinema by the same owners for the past 41 years. They rotate a lot of films and the snack bar is cheap! Also, when's the last time you saw a movie with actual curtains opening on the screen?
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Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Avenue
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This is a personal favorite, but it is in the Ghent district of Norfolk, our neighboring city to the west. The theater first opened in the 1930s, but has been operated as an independent cinema by the same owners for the past 41 years. They rotate a lot of films and the snack bar is cheap! Also, when's the last time you saw a movie with actual curtains opening on the screen?
Closest multiplex first-run cinema, less than a mile from the oceanfront. Full food and beverage menu for combining meal and movie, if you like.
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Beach Cinema Alehouse
941 Laskin Road
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Closest multiplex first-run cinema, less than a mile from the oceanfront. Full food and beverage menu for combining meal and movie, if you like.
IFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. IFLY's vertical wind tunnel generates 1400 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. There's no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It's just you and the air, and it's the most incredible adrenaline rush. Ages 3 to 103!
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iFLY VA Beach
2412 Pacific Avenue
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IFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. IFLY's vertical wind tunnel generates 1400 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. There's no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It's just you and the air, and it's the most incredible adrenaline rush. Ages 3 to 103!
Small but vibrant art collection and special events. Great for a rainy day.
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버지니아 뮤지엄 오브 컨템프러리 아트
2200 Parks Avenue
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Small but vibrant art collection and special events. Great for a rainy day.
Folks are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in the area - may be well worth taking a 25-minute drive to Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum has fifty galleries, a growing collection of more than 30,000 objects, an interactive space for families, and the only glass studio of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Best of all, admission is free.
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Chrysler Museum of Art
1 Memorial Place
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Folks are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in the area - may be well worth taking a 25-minute drive to Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum has fifty galleries, a growing collection of more than 30,000 objects, an interactive space for families, and the only glass studio of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Best of all, admission is free.
Kayak Nature Tours is a highly recognized outfitter in the Hampton Roads area and has been in operation since 1996. We offer a wide variety of kayaking tours throughout various waterways and our tours are specifically planned and designed to give our customers a truly educational, exciting and memorable adventure. (NOTE: you should also check out Chesapean Tours - very popular but not linked through this app.)
Kayak Nature Tours, Ltd Northend Virginia Beach, Va.
Kayak Nature Tours is a highly recognized outfitter in the Hampton Roads area and has been in operation since 1996. We offer a wide variety of kayaking tours throughout various waterways and our tours are specifically planned and designed to give our customers a truly educational, exciting and memorable adventure. (NOTE: you should also check out Chesapean Tours - very popular but not linked through this app.)
Sightseeing
This newly renovated grand old hotel that originally opened in 1927 is just 6 blocks south of us. You can get there strolling along Atlantic Ave. or via a unique historical walkway that runs from 45th Street right up to the property in between homes and gardens.
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The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection
4200 Atlantic Ave
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This newly renovated grand old hotel that originally opened in 1927 is just 6 blocks south of us. You can get there strolling along Atlantic Ave. or via a unique historical walkway that runs from 45th Street right up to the property in between homes and gardens.
Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research & Enlightenment. Based on the spiritual and health teachings of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), the campus attracts visitors from around the world exploring alternative therapies. Open for visitors to its library, bookstore, and full-service spa. There’s also a fun walking labyrinth and meditation garden.
A.R.E. Visitor Center
215 67th St
Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research & Enlightenment. Based on the spiritual and health teachings of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), the campus attracts visitors from around the world exploring alternative therapies. Open for visitors to its library, bookstore, and full-service spa. There’s also a fun walking labyrinth and meditation garden.
Located within the boundaries of Ft. Story army base (you'll pass through a checkpoint if going by car), this historic lighthouse opened in 1881. Visitors can climb the spiral staircase for views of where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, and the point where England's earliest colonists first made landfall in 1607.
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Cape Henry Lighthouse
583 Atlantic Avenue
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Located within the boundaries of Ft. Story army base (you'll pass through a checkpoint if going by car), this historic lighthouse opened in 1881. Visitors can climb the spiral staircase for views of where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, and the point where England's earliest colonists first made landfall in 1607.
The "center" of Boardwalk activity, you need to get a photo with King Neptune.
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Neptune Statue
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The "center" of Boardwalk activity, you need to get a photo with King Neptune.
The place to learn about the local marine environment and geographic history. Check for current exhibits, films, and tours that may be available.
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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
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The place to learn about the local marine environment and geographic history. Check for current exhibits, films, and tours that may be available.
Virginia Beach’s own “boutique” district for arts, eateries, pubs, and unique shops.
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ViBe Creative District
611 18th St
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Virginia Beach’s own “boutique” district for arts, eateries, pubs, and unique shops.