Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Magic of Virginia Beach

Ahhh… a beach vacation at last!  After all the planning and anticipation, you’ve finally arrived to Virginia Beach, VA.  Now comes the hard part…. what to do first?  Of course, the shoes are the first things to go… and the kids have already hit the beach!  But then it starts.  Decisions… decisions…  With miles of sand, surf, activities, and restaurants to choose from, you could literally fill an itinerary several times over. 

Looking for fun? Virginia Beach’s famous oceanfront boardwalk is overflowing with excitement from shops… to restaurants… to music and entertainment.  Vacationers love to stroll, jog, bike, or skate along the boardwalk as they take in the award-winning landscaping sprinkled with teak benches, whimsical bigger-than-life art sculptures, colorful flags, and, of course, the famous Norwegian Lady statue as she gazes out into the horizon.  During the summer, Atlantic Avenue turns into “Beach Street USA” and transforms itself into a little bit of Key West / Mardi Gras with professional musicians, jugglers, as well as live bands and entertainment at the 5th,17th, 24th, 31st St stages.  Whether there’s a surfing championship, art show, sandcastle contest, major headliner concerts, or a holiday festival going on… everyday is a special on the boardwalk!  

As you venture out into the city, there are always major events scheduled at the Virginia Beach Pavilion, the Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach Amphitheater, or the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.  The kids will love exploring the wonders of nature at the Virginia Museum and Marine Science Center, which is one of the Top Ten aquariums in the country. This interactive museum boasts 800,000-gallons of aquariums filled with river otters, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, as well as an outdoor aviary and salt marsh preserve with nature trails.  For anglers of all ages, you can choose from several piers throughout the city or consider chartering a boat for a day of seafaring adventure!  Or take a guided dolphin or whale watching boat tour and come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures!  Perhaps a few rounds of golf is your idea of a perfect vacation. Virginia Beach offers nearly 30 top-notch courses to keep golfers well challenged.

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the resort area?  Venture to the southern portion of Virginia Beach where you’ll discover not only miles of picturesque horse farms, and fields of fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll also discover the family-friendly and quaint coastal community of Sandbridge Beach.  Sandbridge is a secluded five mile beach… just a few blocks wide, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm Back Bay waters on the other.  Vacationers love this non-commercial family beach, which is perfect for family vacations in a more low-key setting.  Siebert Realty is the largest and oldest resort rental company in Sandbridge offering almost 400 beach home and condo rentals. 

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge borders the southern end of Sandbridge and is a must see as it is deemed one of the east coasts’ most beautiful, unspoiled destinations.  Visitors can observe wildlife in their natural habitats along various hike/bike trails or you can now travel through the refuge via electric trams to False Cape State Park.  7,700 gorgeous acres of beach, dunes, woodland and marsh are waiting to be explored!

Of course, when it comes down to it… Virginia Beach is all about “the beach”.  Our beautiful city offers the perfect backdrop to simply slow down, relax, and take in the breathtaking Atlantic vistas.  It’s funny… but often it’s none of the exciting activities that will linger in your memory once your vacation ends.  You’ll find yourself reminiscing of a special place where the living was easy… where the locals were friendly… where you fell in love with the aroma of salt air and the sounds of gulls calling overhead.  You’ll recall a magical place where a simple stroll along the shore helped to wash away everyday problems and put your life back into its proper perspective.  It’s those quiet moments that rejuvenate the soul and keep our vacationers returning year after year.

Siebert Realty Lodging
Sandbridge Beach / Virginia Beach Vacation Rentals:
877-422-2200 / 757-426-6200

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