Sandbridge Date Night Itinerary

June 28th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

Sandbridge date nightThe peaceful, secluded vibe of Sandbridge Beaches translates to its dining establishments in the evening.  This island life feel will give you and your loved one an escape from real life with a date night in Sandbridge Beach.  Follow this itinerary for a progressive dinner date that will satiate your taste buds and your need to de-stress.

Start with an appetizer at Margie & Ray’s.  A Sandbridge staple since 1964, Margie and Ray’s has a seafood-centered menu that includes a she crab soup that was voted the best in Tidewater.  The freshly caught seafood and hometown feel of Margie and Ray’s must be experienced by any Sandbridge visitor. Next, head to Blue Seafood and Spirits for the main course.  The head-chef and owner of Blue has worked hard to build a reputation for preparing delicious, fresh seafood.  The elegant, French bistro inspired décor creates an ambiance that complements the extensive menu. Finally, enjoy a cocktail, a sunset and live music at Baja Restaurant.  Baja is known by visitors and locals alike for the back patio which offers beautiful views of the sunset over the bay.  Baja hosts live music acts Wednesday through Sunday, and is always a lively locale for a night out in Sandbridge. Click here for more date night ideas in Sandbridge.

About the author: Katelyn Saks is a summer intern with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a rising fourth-year Media Studies and English double major candidate at the University of Virginia and enjoys reading, writing and looking for adventure with friends. A proud city ambassador, Katelyn is a Virginia Beach native who “lives the life” spending afternoons on the beach, evenings at local restaurants and cafés and weekends at music venues.


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Parasailing in Virginia Beach: A One-of-a-Kind Adventure

June 26th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

ParasailParasailing in Virginia Beach offers a thrilling adventure for the adrenaline junkie and breathtaking views forthe beach enthusiast.  Virginia Beach’s parasailing trips leave from Rudee Inlet and head out into the AtlanticOcean to unfold the parasail.  Embark on this adventure to experience an amazing bird’s eye view of VirginiaBeach’s Resort Beach and see the Atlantic Ocean in a way you never have before.  As you take your seat 1,000feet in the sky, you will be astonished by views of secluded Croatan, the North End, and the three-mile resortbeach and by the expanse of the glistening blue water below.

Once you’ve taken flight, you will find that this experience is equal parts exhilarating and relaxing.  After thejitters from takeoff have subsided, a peaceful calm takes over as the parachute floats through the sky. Higherfrom even the sound of the boat’s motor, you are free to enjoy the views and flying sensation in a state ofcomplete serenity. The trip, however, does not deny riders their fill of adrenaline. Taking a peak at the tiny boatbelow will give you a stomach-jerking reminder of just how high you are.

The captains at Adventure Parasail, Rudee Inlet Parasail, and Air America Parasail are Coast Guard Certified (CGC) and have impressive safetyrecords. Many with five or more years of experience, these captains are dedicated to creating a safe and fun parasailing environment. Their playfulpersonalities and lighthearted jokes supplement the adventure with a glimpse into the lives of resort beach locals. The parasailing experience istruly one-of-a-kind and will be the highlight of any Virginia Beach vacation. Whether you are staying at Chesapeake Bay Beach, ResortBeach, or Sandbridge Beach, venture down to Rudee Inlet to hop on a parasailing boat and walk away with an adventure you’ll never forget.

About our Guest Blogger: Katelyn Saks is a summer intern with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a rising fourth-year Media Studies and English double major candidate at the University of Virginia and enjoys reading, writing and looking for adventure with friends. A proud city ambassador, Katelyn is a Virginia Beach native who “lives the life” spending afternoons on the beach, evenings at local restaurants and cafés and weekends at music venues.


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Beautiful Beaches, So Many Fish

June 26th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Jamal Esfahani & a fabulous 90 lb cobia!

Jamal Esfahani & a fabulous 90 lb cobia!

Cobia, a premier Virginia Beach gamefish – also known as the “man in the brown suit”- are here and feeding! They always give a good fight, yet these often finicky eaters make for a challenging angling target. Cobia ranging to well over 50 lbs. are not unusual as summer progresses with multiple citations already registered in the 60- and 70- lb. ranges. Live eels, live baits and cut baits are cobia favorites. Pair these baits with stout tackle and a chum slick for a recipe for cobia success.

Captain’s Tip: When cobia fishing with live bait, pause several seconds or more before setting the hook. This should allow the fish to swallow the bait or at least start moving away while taking line.

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Lovin’ Life in Virginia Beach

June 25th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

The first day of summer was a perfect beach day: sunny and breezy. We loaded up the beach cart with umbrellas, chairs and a coolerbike 1 and headed for the ocean. As I watched the blue-green waves roll in, I thought about a conversation I had recently with an out-of-town friend. She asked why I live in Virginia Beach, and in thinking about the answer, I was reminded of all the reasons I choose to live here. Naturally, the beach itself is at the top of the list. So is the Boardwalk, where biking and listening to bands are two of my favorite activities. We’ve got First Landing and False Cape, two of the best parks in the state, both of which are excellent places to walk, bike and paddle. Farm produce stands in “The County” (the rural part of the city) and the burgeoning craft beer industry are amenities. Plus, we have lots of fun events – like the Neptune Festival and the East Coast Surfing Championship. Another thing that came to mind was biking to breakfast. Read the rest of this entry »


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Paddling the Intertidal Zone

June 24th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

Photo credit: Katherine Jackson

In addition to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach has miles and miles of rivers, bays, creeks and coves, many of which are accessible by paddleboard, canoe and kayak. On a recent paddling adventure, we explored the shallow waterways in the Rudee Inlet basin. Influenced by ocean tides, some of the creeks in this intertidal zone are mud flats at low tide, but as the tide comes in, the water level rises and they become navigable in a shallow boat. It’s a sheltered environment that’s perfect for paddling. Although wind can be a factor, the water in this basin is most often flat.

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Five Best Dog Walks in Virginia Beach

June 5th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

Virginia Beach dog lovers enjoy miles of beautiful trails through towering trees and glistening waterways. A perfect trail for a peaceful dog walk is never far away from any of our three beaches.  Grab a leash and check out these five trails for an afternoon of exercise, fresh air and a pleased pup.

Resort Beach Boardwalk
Dogs are welcome on the boardwalk any time before Memorial Day and before 6 a.m. after Memorial Day.  The three miles of wide walkway are perfect for dog-walking—especially if walking more than one pup.  In the early morning hours, the boardwalk is a peaceful place to enjoy the morning sun.

First Landing State Park
First Landing boasts 20 miles of trails that are perfect for dog walking.  First Landing trails are surrounded by lagoons, trees, wildlife and beautiful views of Broad Bay.  The shaded trails also have benches and small clearings along the way that are perfect for breaks along the lengthy walk.

Bayville Farms Park
Virginia Beach’s newest dog park is perfect for visitors of the Chesapeake Bay beach area.  Shielded by massive pines, the park is shaded enough for walks on the hottest summer days.  Bayville Farms also has fenced in areas organized by size for dogs to play and run around.

Mount Trashmore
Walk your dog along Mount Trashmore’s Perimeter Trail, Lake Trail, or Mountain Trail and enjoy two lakes, fitness stations, a playground and the mountain itself along the way.  This 165-acre park ensures enough space and activity to keep any dog entertained.

Sandbridge Beach
Dogs are allowed on the beach in Sandbridge before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.  Walk your dog down the sand during sunrise or sunset to see a vibrant sky and shimmering ocean.

About our Guest Blogger: Katelyn Saks is a summer intern with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a rising fourth-year Media Studies and English double major candidate at the University of Virginia and enjoys reading, writing and looking for adventure with friends. A proud city ambassador, Katelyn is a Virginia Beach native who “lives the life” spending afternoons on the beach, evenings at local restaurants and cafés and weekends at music venues.


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World-Class Fishing Produces World Record

June 1st, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Johnny Boyd & his world record Carolina hake

Johnny Boyd & his world record Carolina hake

New World Record Catch: A Carolina hake caught by Johnny Boyd has been approved by the International Game Fish Association as a new all-tackle world record. This impressive 5 lb. 10 oz. fish was caught fishing out of Virginia Beach aboard the Healthy Grin.


Virginia Beach black drum fishing, according to many seasoned anglers, has been the best it has been in recent years. These brawny battlers have shown up both in numbers and in size, with many boats landing multiple fish including black drum as heavy as 69 lbs.  Waters around Fisherman’s Island and Cobb Island and buoy “13” have been hot spots, particularly for night trips.   Sea clams are the most attractive current offering.

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