TheRealVirginiaBeach is your guide to visiting Virginia Beach - plus neighbor cities Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake


The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia is blessed with more than 25 miles of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, from Cape Henry at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to the North Carolina border. The six-mile-long resort area includes a 3 mile "boardwalk" - actually concrete - that runs from Rudee Inlet to 40th Street. This relatively small portion of the city is where you'll find the majority of the resort hotels and the usual amenities - mini golf, anyone?

A little further south is the less commercial area known as Sandbridge. The southernmost 10 miles of the city's waterfront is inside the completely undeveloped Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. And there's still many more miles of waterfront property on the Chesapeake Bay and the inlets in the northern half of the city.

But at almost 500 square miles in size, there's a lot more to Virginia Beach than the beach. With a population of over 450,000 it's the largest city in Virginia. The region has many military bases including the massive NAS Oceana near the center of the city. The southern half of the city is quite different from the suburban north, with over 150 farms.

The city of Norfolk is adjacent to Virginia Beach, on the west. It's commonly considered the financial and cultural center of the Tidewater region. Norfolk is the home of the large Norfolk Naval Base, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. It's also a large commercial shipping port, including the busy Lambert's Point and Norfolk International terminals.

Just across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk is the city of Portsmouth. It has it's own commercial port as well as the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Olde Towne is loaded with historic homes. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is the US Navy's oldest continuously operating hospital.

Large in size (351 square miles) but less well-known is the city of Chesapeake. Mostly suburban in nature, it's located adjacent to the southern half of Virginia Beach. The Virginia portion of the Great Dismal Swamp is on the western edge of town.

Air travel to and from the area is available at Norfolk International Airport, located near the Virginia Beach/Norfolk border. A cruise terminal on the Norfolk waterfront is a port-of-call for several cruises a year. Cruise departures from Norfolk resumed in 2019.
Places To Stay
19 Atlantic Hotel
Alamar Resort Inn
Aloft Chesapeake
Ambassadors Inn & Suites
Americas Best Value Inn Chesapeake
Americas Best Value Inn Norfolk
Americas Best Value Inn-Norfolk Airport Area
Baymont Inn & Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Belvedere Beach Resort
Best Western Center Inn
Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
Best Western Plus Virginia Beach
Candlewood Suites Chesapeake
Candlewood Suites Norfolk Airport
Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach/Norfolk
Clarion Inn & Suites Virginia Beach
Comfort Inn & Suites Chesapeake
Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport
Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach – Oceanfront
Comfort Suites Beachfront
Comfort Suites Chesapeake
Comfort Suites Suffolk - Chesapeake
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), V
Courtyard by Marriott Chesapeake
Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Suffolk Chesapeake
Courtyard by Marriott Virginia Beach Norfolk
Courtyard by Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront South
Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/North 37th Street
Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center
Days Inn Chesapeake Portsmouth
Days Inn Norfolk Airport
Days Inn Norfolk-Military Circle
Days Inn Virginia Beach At The Beach
Days Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Days Inn Virginia Beach Town Center
Delta Hotels by Marriott Chesapeake
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach
Econo Lodge Airport
Econo Lodge at Military Circle
Econo Lodge Chesapeake
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge Little Creek
Econo Lodge Oceanfront
Econo Lodge Town Center
Econo Lodge Virginia Beach - On The Ocean
Extended Stay America - Chesapeake - Churchland Blvd.
Extended Stay America Chesapeake - Crossways Boulevard
Extended Stay America Chesapeake - Greenbrier Circle
Extended Stay America Virginia Beach - Independence Blvd.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chesapeake Suffolk
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Fairfield Inn and Suites By Marriott Chesapeake
Founders Inn and Spa
Four Points By Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Hampton Inn & Suites Chesapeake-Battlefield Boulevard
Hampton Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites-Chesapeake Square Mall
Hampton Inn Norfolk Naval Base
Hampton Inn Norfolk/Chesapeake (Greenbrier Area)
Hampton Inn Norfolk/Virginia Beach
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront North
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront South
Hilton Garden Inn Chesapeake Suffolk
Hilton Garden Inn Chesapeake/Greenbrier
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Holiday Inn & Suites Virginia Beach North Beach
Holiday Inn Express Chesapeake - Norfolk
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chesapeake
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Norfolk Airport
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Va Beach Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport
Holiday Inn Oceanside- VA Beach
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chesapeake - Greenbrier
Homewood Suites by Hilton Virginia Beach/Norfolk Airport
Howard Johnson Inn Virginia Beach
Howard Johnson Virginia Beach at the Beach
Hyatt House Virginia Beach / Oceanfront
Hyatt Place Chesapeake
InTown Suites Norfolk
InTown Suites- Chesapeake I-64
Knights Inn and Suites Virginia Beach
Knights Inn Virginia Beach Lynnhaven
La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites Virginia Beach
La Quinta Inn Norfolk Virginia Beach
Magnuson Hotel Virginia Beach
Marjac Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Motel 6 Norfolk
Motel 6 Norfolk - Oceanview
Motel 6 Virginia Beach
Neptune Park Inn
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Ocean 24
Oceanaire by Diamond Resorts
Oceanfront Inn
Oceans 2700
Premier Inn
Quality Inn
Quality Inn & Suites Oceanfront
Quality Inn Little Creek
Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base
Quality Inn Olde Town
Quality Suites Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport
Ramada Limited Norfolk
Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Red Roof Inn Chesapeake Conference Center
Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach
Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport
Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott Chesapeake Greenbrier
Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Airport
Residence Inn by Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown
Rodeway Inn by the Beach
Royal Clipper
Schooner Inn
Seashire Inn & Suites
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Sleep Inn & Suites Chesapeake - Portsmouth
Sleep Inn Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chesapeake Greenbrier
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Norfolk Virginia Beach
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
SpringHill Suites Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University
Staybridge Suites Chesapeake
Studios and Suites 4 Less Battlefield Blvd
Studios and Suites 4 Less Gum Road
Studios and Suites 4 Less Western Branch
Sundial Inn
Super 8 Chesapeake/Portsmouth
Super 8 Norfolk Chesapeake Bay
Super 8 Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Surfbreak Oceanfront Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
The Barclay Towers Resort Hotel
The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection
The Dolphin Inn
The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Suffolk Chesapeake
Travelodge Bay Beach
Travelodge Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Travelodge Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center
Wingate by Wyndham - Virginia Beach Norfolk Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Chesapeake
Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront