Spring in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Spring is one of the best times of the year to plan a trip to Virginia Beach. Assuming you visit outside of prime spring break season, crowds are virtually non existent. It’s nice to stroll along a beautiful beach minus the noisy tourist crowds. Anyone seeking peace and relaxation will appreciate the more tranquil vibe this time of year. The weather is mild and hotel and attractions typically offer discounted rates. If you are looking to save a few bucks, spring is definitely the ideal time to take your trip.

The beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk bike trail
A basically crowd-free boardwalk experience in early spring

The weather in Virginia Beach can be unpredictable during the spring months, so you are wise to check the forecast and pack extra clothing just in case.  Also, because of the multitude of activities in the area (many which require advance booking and/or different types of clothing and essentials) you are best off planning activities in advance. I wish I would have packed better for my trip! Being prepared can make all the difference in the quality of your trip. Check out a few of my tips below to ensure you are fully prepared for your best vacation!

Tips for planning a spring trip to Virginia Beach

*Plan out your trip activities and attractions in advance – It’s much easier to organize your suitcase and account for all necessities needed for each activity.

*Plan outfits incorporating lots of layers – The temperatures vary from the 50’s-80’s during the spring months. One day it can be in the 80’s, and the next afternoon the temperatures can dip into the 50’s! I wish I would have brought more layers like light sweaters, a cardigan, etc. Also don’t forget to bring jeans; it isn’t always warm enough to just wear shorts!

*Bring a raincoat/umbrella – Storms are super common during the spring months. Not having these items on hand could hinder your daily plans.

*Do pack all your beach essentials – Flip flops, beach towels, reading materials, etc. – you don’t want to waste your trip shopping for these items!

* Pack 2 bathing suits – This will give you you a choice of outfits depending on your mood. Also, you can wear the alternate suit while your other is hanging up to dry!

*If driving, bring a case of water bottles – These came in handy when heading over to the boardwalk. We were able to grab a few quick water bottles for our bike rides, runs, etc without having to stop on the way.

*Opt to bring your own bike if you are driving – Bike rentals on the boardwalk are expensive and can only be rented out for a limited period of time. Same goes for any other activity you are planning to do – rollerblading, tennis, etc. Another advantage of bringing your own equipment is that you can use it multiple times without paying to rent again.

*Don’t forget about workout clothes and gym shoes for beach exercise activities – You will be more likely to ride a bike or take a walk if you have comfortable clothing available on hand. Toe shoes are also great esp. for avid joggers.

*Remember to pack regular shoes, not just flip flops – Even though it is a beach area, it still gets cool enough in the morning and at night. Plus, the weather is unpredictable this time of year.

*Bring with enough sunscreen – It was very sunny for the majority of our trip. You are going to need a lot of sunscreen if you are outside at the beach! A good pair of sunglasses will also come in handy and make your outdoor activities more fun!

*An extra bag for dirty laundry comes in handy – This will keep wet bathing suits from ruining unused clothing. It also helps to easily separate between dirty and clean clothing, which means less work for you when you get home.

*Bring with at least one dressy outfit – We wanted to take a dinner cruise one night on our trip but unfortunately forgot to bring with our dress clothes. Always be prepared for any occasion!

I hope these tips help you prepare and pack for your next trip to Virginia Beach. What are some of your spring break essentials?