More than just a beach destination, the city of Virginia Beach is a vibrant, year-round coastal community with thriving arts and culinary scenes, a rich history, and a wide array of family-friendly entertainment options that keep residents and visitors living happy, healthy lives. Nearly a half a million folks call VB home, and over 15 million people visit each year.
While the beaches along the Oceanfront support popular shopping destinations, restaurants, and attractions, there are also secluded parks and protected beach areas that offer a welcome respite from all the excitement. The eclectic ViBe Creative District celebrates artistic expression and Town Center provides another nexus for entertainment and shopping away from the beach.
The Virginia Beach area was first inhabited by the Chesepian Native American tribe prior to the arrival of English settlers in 1607. The Chesepians also had two villages and it is confirmed that one was located in the present Great Neck area of Chesapeake, Virginia. Three ships commanded by Captain Christopher Newport consisted of 105 men and boys and was sponsored by a division of the Virginia Company. The site of their "First Landing" is within the boundaries of the Virginia Beach’s Navy’s Joint Expeditionary Base East and First Landing State Park was named to commemorate this event.
Universities and trade schools abound in Virginia Beach and the area is home to a number of military bases including the Naval Air Station Oceana as well as numerous support contractors. Virginia Beach’s proximity to some of the east coast’s largest ports has drawn hundreds of international corporations to set up operations. Many global companies base their North American headquarters here including STIHL, Bush, and IMS Gear. Meanwhile, more than 100 farms operate in the area with many of them selling their products and produce at the city’s Farmers Market. The hospitality industry is also strong in the area with TripAdvisor listing over 150 hotel properties.The Food
Yelp lists over 1,200 restaurants in Virginia Beach and the VB Restaurant Association (dineinvb.com) is a good place to start when looking for a great meal. Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant is known for its all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. If you’re in the mood for some barbecue, look no further than MISSION BBQ. Waterman’s Surfside Grille has been a local favorite since it opened its doors in 1981. Local seafood is great here, but they are known for their famous “Orange Crush” beverage.