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Rush to shore aboard an Atlantic roller or bronze off your tan while watching surfers making the most of playful waves, from a bed of powder-soft sand. Even though Norfolk’s charms pull in plenty of visitors, there’s always room to spread out thanks to the 35 miles of glorious uninterrupted sands that border the city. Look in either direction, and you’ll see wide, white beach stretching off into the distance, filled with beach volleyball players leaping, children sandcastle building, and love-struck couples paddling.

Things to see

Just behind the miles of golden beach runs Virginia Beach boardwalk. Rumbling along the concrete stretch of path on a bicycle, or rollerblades, is a great way to gulp in some fresh sea air, while an afternoon stroll, watching the sun paint the sky blood red as it settles, is a spectacular way to start your evening. The Roman God of the Seas, Neptune, watches over the beach, and the trident bearing statue can be seen for miles around. It represents the wonders of the ocean, but make no mistake, his slightly grumpy expression is designed to serve as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect the seas. Learn more about conservation efforts, not to mention the eccentric and extraordinary creatures that dwell beneath the waves, at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Vibrant, jewel-like fish swirl in enormous tanks, while sand tigers move stealthily through the waters above your head. You’ll even get the chance to meet prehistoric Komodo Dragons, which are native to just 4 small Indonesian islands. If all that water leaves you in the mood for a good soaking, head to Ocean Breeze Waterpark - where you can drift along a gentle adventure river, or hold your breath and hope for the best while rattling through fully enclosed, near vertical, waterslides.

Hotels in Norfolk - Virginia Beach

Take your pick from luxury, high rise accommodation, where you can lounge around to your heart’s content - or cheap and cheerful hotels in Norfolk, where you can dump your bags before hitting the beach. Uncorking a bottle of wine on your balcony, to chink glasses against a backdrop of rippling Atlantic Ocean water, is a special experience. If you’re bringing the whole family, a beachside apartment might be more suitable, as these come complete with refrigerators and cooking facilities to greatly simplify meal times. Cheaper accommodation, for those on a budget, offers reliable WiFi and turquoise swimming pools to cool off in.

Where to stay

If you’re here for your dose of sand and sea, there’s only one place to stay – Virginia Beach. Hotels cuddle the shoreline, and offer private sun loungers, in the best beachside positions, to their guests. In the evenings, stroll along the boardwalk, before attempting to get your teeth around an overflowing Reuben burger. If you’ve still got the energy, bouncing bars and thudding nightclubs will keep you moving until the early hours. Or, guarantee yourself a peaceful night’s sleep by crossing the bridge to Newport News - where you can stay surrounded by pristine lawns and leafy trees.

How to get to Norfolk - Virginia Beach

The quickest route to beachside relaxation is to fly into Norfolk International Airport - which takes flights from New York, Miami and Chicago. The drive down from New York takes around 6 hours, and half that from Washington DC. Another option is to take the train to Newport News, which is served by Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service. The trains pass through Boston, Washington DC and New York, and Newport News’s station is connected to Norfolk and Virginia Beach by Amtrak busses.

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