Located on the Atlantic Coast of Virginia at the southern tip of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is the site of the landing of the first successful English Colony in America on the morning of April 26th, 1607. The 100 settlers who landed here established the nearby Colony of Jamestown and it was not for another 14 years that any of the colonists settled in the Virginia Beach area. Today, Virginia Beach has grown to be the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Beach offers a family oriented getaway with a variety of condos, vacation homes, hotels, and resorts. Choose a vacation near any of Virginia Beach's local attactions that offers quiet comfort while making the most of the beautiful beaches at affordably priced rates.
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Historic First Landing/Seashore State Park is a nice, clean place to camp while not too far from modern conveniences. The Old Coast Guard Station museum is housed in a restored Coast Guard station and shows the history of the Coast Guard along with exhibits of the shipwrecks that have occurred off Virginia's coast. Virginia Marine Science Museum contains 800,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, more than 300 hands-on exhibits, 1/3 -mile nature trail, 1/2-acre aviary, and an IMAX 3D movie screen.
The first week of May is the Virginia Beach Bike Week, which has become more than just a motorcycle event. Concerts, exhibitions, and performers have become a routine part of the Virginia Beach Bike Classic. The annual Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival takes place around the first week of June. A three day celebration on the waterfront at Virginia Beach, including concerts, events for the family, food, and military displays featuring all branches of the armed services
The beautiful beaches of Virginia beach are perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing or catching up on your tan. You can also find powerboat and sailboat rentals, as well as jetski rentals. The Atlantic waters are inviting for snorkelling and scuba diving.
The city of Virginia beach alone offers 18 golf courses, with a wide degree of challenge offered, including three municipal courses..
The 100 settlers that established the Jamestown Colony landed at Cape Henry on April 26th, 1607 and erected a granite cross on the site to commemorate the event before moving on to their new home. One of the earliest residents of Virginia Beach was Captain Adam Thoroughgood, who had a land grant for 5,350 acres. His four room brick house is still standing and has been restored as a museum, the oldest surviving brick house in America.
The town of Virginia beach was not chartered until 1906 and remained mostly undeveloped until World War II saw the establisment of Oceana Naval Airstation and other military bases nearby. The growth of the nearby city of Norfolk prompted the town of Virginia Beach to incorporate all of Princess Ann County into its city limits in order to prevent annexation by Norfolk. This land area has made Virginia Beach the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.