Winter in Virginia Beach

Winter in Virginia Beach

When the summer season comes to an end it doesn’t mean that beach season has to end as well. The winter months are the ideal time to getaway to the beach because there are fewer crowds and the hotels offer reduced rates. Think about it, fewer crowds, cheaper hotel rooms and more time with the locals…what could be better.

Virginia Beach is known as one of America’s premier family vacation destinations in the summer. That doesn’t mean the tourism dries up in the winter months. In winter in Virginia Beach, you can take in the festive holiday displays and try some horseback riding on the beach. Unless your really hearty it is too cold to swim, but that doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of the water.

Virginia Beach is home to miles upon miles of scenic waterways that cut right through one of the last great salt marshes on the East Coast. Travel the rivers and bays by canoe or kayak. A sunny winter day is the perfect day to explore the waterways of Virginia.

To access the marshes you can go to the Back bay National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the last remaining areas on the Atlantic coast that remains undeveloped. You can see historic locations like the site the colonist of Jamestown first landed in 1607. While you are navigating the waterways of Virginia expect to see migratory birds like tuna swans and bald eagles. You can find tours available if you prefer a guided experience.

Just because it is cold out don’t mean you have to avoid the beaches either. You can take a stroll along the shoreline and you won’t have to fight the crowds. You may even be tempted to did you feet into the waters edge on a warmer winter day.

If you want a change of scenery you can check out the sandy beaches of the Chesapeake. The waters are perfect for wading in with your bare feet. You might even splash around a bit. The setting there is much quieter there.

If you want to do some shopping, the boardwalk is still open in the winter months. You can browse the stores along the boardwalk pick up some souvenirs for family and friends. You can even get better deals because it is the off-season.

After you stroll on the beach and shop on the boardwalk you can head to the downtown area for a more energetic scene. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants along with a performing arts center. Grab a bite to eat or catch a show. In the heart of the downtown area there is a restaurant named Tautog’s. A local favorite and the perfect place to fill your belly.

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