The Virginia Beach boardwalk is a beautiful 3 mile stretch of land along the Atlantic Ocean. Visiting during the spring months is a great idea as you will be able to enjoy the benefits of less crowds and cooler temperatures. One of my favorite aspects about the Virginia Beach boardwalk is that there is a separate walking and bike path, which eliminates the hassle of trying to bike around people. This boardwalk is one of the cleanest and most well-maintained I have ever visited. I also love the fact that the boardwalk is lit up at night, which makes it feel safe to walk around.
The springs months are a bit quieter, but the relaxing atmosphere and feeling that you get the beach to yourself is a nice trade off! We enjoyed biking and walking along the beach without hefty crowds.
Along the boardwalk you can take your picture by the famous 34 foot tall bronze Neptune statue. Neptune Festival Park is a popular spot for summer events. During the summer months the boardwalk hosts various concerts and festivals.
Aside from enjoying a leisurely bike ride or walk on the gorgeous boardwalk, you will find many other opportunities for recreation. Other fun in the sun activities include horseback riding on the beach, para-sailing, dolphin kayak tours, and boat rides.
You will find no shortage of beachfront hotel properties, ranging from basic budget options to 4 star luxury resorts. The advantage of visiting during the off season is definitely the low rates! We stayed at the Best Western Plus Oceanfront for a mere $100 a night. Great oceanfront views from a private balcony, a decent breakfast buffet, a scenic onsite restaurant, and direct access to the beach were well worth the small price tag.
There are plenty of restaurants located along the boardwalk, the majority being located inside the various hotels. I recommend stopping by Shoreline Grill located inside the Best Western. They have great happy hours specials from 4-6pm. The views from the dining room are fabulous. The food is good and the portions are large. The bar has a fun relaxed, beachy atmosphere.
I definitely recommend a spring trip to Virginia Beach. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed the mild spring weather. I appreciated the separate biking and walking paths and enjoyed the scenic ride and jog along both of the paths. The are plenty of spots for awesome photo opportunities. Virginia Beach has a great beach atmosphere without being overly congested as is the case in many other popular beach destinations.
In Virginia Beach you will find a little bit of everything – sandy beaches, oceanfront resorts, a fabulous beachfront boardwalk, plenty of outdoor recreation, a great aquarium (check out the Virginia Aquarium on your visit), great restaurants, beautiful parks, and so much more.