This town sucks. I grew up here and never will return. Nothing like it used to be. This place has become nothing but a revenue stream for the corrupt city and state government and a poor excuse for a beach town. They tax everyone who passes through and god forbid stays for more than a minute. Residents who live there are leaving in droves because they can't afford to live there anymore because they get taxed for taking a s**t. Vacationers get taxed for driving on the roads, taxed for eating subpar food, taxed for parking their car, big brother cameras are everywhere (not for your protection, just so some pimple faced kid can look for violations to tax you some more). Crime rate is insane so its not safe to stay there. Don't get me started on the traffic- not because people love to be there, its because the road situation has not changed in over 50 years, but because the corrupt government officials pocket the money for infrastructure improvements. Nasty, nasty place.
We "Were" Myrtle Beach Vacationers !!! I am so glad that we changed to VA Beach !!! We are looking forward to our fifth year !!! No problems with anything. The city even has signs posted, NO CUSSING !!! Great boardwalk, always something going on !!! Love the chance to say THANK YOU to our military !!! We stay at Kamla Condos at 23rd Street. But, there are so many places to stay. The people are friendly and helpful. It safe to go out at night. The police department are on the job. They clean and wash the streets down. No trash on the beach. You just cannot ask for much more. !!! THANK YOU VIRGINIA BEACH !!!
We drove over 7 hours to get to Virginia Beach. When we were at the beach, we were immediately attacked by someone doing surveys. Most websites give compensation, and we didn't get anything for being forced to take their stupid survey.When we got back to the car, it had a ticket for facing the wrong direction, which we didn't know, and when we called, the officer said there was nothing he could do once the citation was written.It has been clearly indirectly communicated that Virginia Beach is all about targeting tourists and vacationers and extracting as much money and whatever they can get out of them as possible. Terrible experience. Wouldn't come again. There are plenty of different beaches to enjoy where we aren't attacked by someone taking surveys and a police officer during the first hour of arrival.
When I lived in Virginia Beach, VA, I enjoyed a variety of wonderful things to see and do. The attractions in Virginia Beach include the beach, the amusement parks, the fun boardwalk and a lot more. For people that are visiting, the best thing to do is to stay at a hotel close to the beach. This way they can walk to a lot of the attractions in the area and be close to the all the action that the area provides for residents and visitors alike. With all there is to do and see, the place kept me busy after work and on weekends the whole time that I lived there.
Shopping is fun at the small shops. I found plenty of great items that I used as gifts each year when I lived there. The shops come and go, but you should always check them out, especially on the boardwalk. They have unique items that can't be found anywhere else, and I loved getting things for my family back in Pittsburgh, PA when I lived there.
Restaurants are fantastic in the area, especially if you love seafood. There are plenty to pick from. I love crab legs, so I made sure that I visited every seafood restaurant near the beach to get my fill of them. Another great thing about Virginia Beach, VA is that there are plenty of great things to do at night. From dancing to listening to bands, there is something for everyone.
I moved to Virginia Beach 2.5 years ago. Overall, it has been a pretty nice place to live. I think it really depends on what you are looking for and what your preferences are if you would like living here. Virginia Beach covers a large area, so it is very diverse. There is the Oceanfront, which has the boardwalk and is a tourist destination during the summer. There is a nice small, quiet beach community off of the Chesapeake Bay, "Town Center," a newly developed commercial area, farm land (with awesome fresh strawberries), to the south there is Sandbridge, a quieter beach without a boardwalk, and lots of other areas in between.
I have seen reviews saying traffic is bad, but that depends on what your frame of reference is. I have lived in Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, and other places where the traffic was what I would consider worse on a daily basis. So, I will take the traffic here, although I do not have to commute via any bridges or tunnels.
Even though Virginia Beach has over 500,000 residents, don't expect there to be a "city" vibe, or any kind of downtown type atmosphere with a Main St. If you are looking for a walkable place where you don't need a car, this may not be the place for you. There are buses and you can walk and get around anywhere at the Oceanfront, but aside from there, you would need a car to get around to most places.
Whether the cost of living is good or bad, really depends again on what your frame of reference is. Compared to most other places I have live (20+ overall), Virginia Beach has been the most affordable for me. I currently rent a 2 BR, 2BA home, one block from the beach with all appliances, off street parking for $1 per sq foot in rent.
As for stuff to do, again, depends on what you like. Living near the water definitely has perks if you like boating activities. There are lots of parks around to walk, run, ride bikes. I do not have kids, but I think Virginia Beach is a very family friendly place with lots of family activities in all areas, especially at the boardwalk. During the summer there is free live music and shows at several locations at the boardwalk every day. Plenty of festivals and events to attend in the summer and fall. I cannot speak to the night life here, although we do go out to eat often and find there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
If you are visiting, enjoy the Oceanfront, find out what local events/festivals are going on, check out the aquarium and the new tree top adventure park, the petting zoo at Hunt Club Farm, rent a surrey or beach cruiser and ride the bike path at the boardwalk, visit Cape Henry Lighthouse and take a dolphin cruise out on the Chesapeake Bay.
I have lived in Virginia Beach for 25 years and it is completely different that when I first moved there. Although most people wouldn't know it, most of Virginia Beach's land is agricultural. The landscape is changing, though, as commercial shopping centers and sprawling suburbia keep expanding. Traffic is horrendous at any time of year in Virginia Beach and the surrounding cities of Hampton Roads. Parking at the Oceanfront is expensive unless you are a Virginia Beach resident.
The citizenship in Virginia Beach is diverse but some areas should be avoided, as in any city. Crime rates and gang activity have increased over the years. The Oceanfront area is safe for families during the day. Avoid the Oceanfront at night, or park as close to your destination as possible. Crowds of people hang out on street corners and sometimes law enforcement has difficulty keeping them under control.
I am used to finding cheap entertainment but it's difficult in Virginia Beach. There is a strong military presence so the nightlife can be a little rowdy at times. It is a tourist destination and summers are jam packed with out-of-towners, many of whom are pushy and rude. It's best to rely on word of mouth for entertainment instead of hitting the usual tourist traps, especially at the Oceanfront. The best bet is to head to the newer Virginia Beach Town Center, which is a lot of fun for both yung urban professionals and middle aged adults. Ask locals for a recommendation on non-chain restaurants.
My wife and I love to travel to Virginia Beach. If you enjoy the beach and amenities that a friendly community can provide, then Virginia Beach is for you. Activities center on the 28-feet wide boardwalk. It runs parallel to the beach and provides two separate lanes. One is for walkers and the other for bicycles, roller blades, and surreys. Park benches scattered along it make it even more pleasant. There are also two small amusement parks for children. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, the beachfront is lavishly decorated with lights.
We enjoy renting bicycles to ride the boardwalk and through the city, but mostly we enjoy wading in the ocean and relaxing on the beautiful, sandy beach. The best place to stay in Virginia Beach is in one of the high-rise hotels that overlook the ocean, but cheaper accommodations are available just one or two blocks away. When you get hungry, there is a wide variety of chain restaurants in Virginia Beach plus many local places.