A Shell Seekers Guide to Three Treasures in Virginia Beach

May 27th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

Walking on the beach has so many benefits – it enlivens the senses, engages the body and eases the mind. As if that’s not enough, there’s a bonus: treasures to be found on the shore. Especially at low tide, and in particular after a coastal storm, a diverse selection of shells and sea life can be found on Virginia Beach. Two low tides occur daily, and tide charts are located in the newspaper and on the internet. I’ve walked thousands of miles on the beach over the years and I’ve collected lots of different kinds of shells. Here are three of my favorite beach treasures.

sand dollarSand Dollar – Sand dollars are not actually shells; they’re urchins, and they can be found in Virginia Beach by beachcombers with a sharp eye. Most often, I have found sand dollars when the tide is at its lowest ebb and the beach is flat at the water line. As a wash of water comes in and then recedes, sand dollars sometimes emerge. They’re difficult to spot because they’re usually just below the surface of the sand and their color (when not yet bleached by the sun) blends with the wet sand. The flower-like pattern on the top of the sand dollar is sometimes all that’s visible. When they’re still alive, sand dollars are covered with velvety greenish or purplish spines with which they navigate through the fine sand on the ocean bottom. I never keep sand dollars if they’re still alive, but bleached white sand dollars that are stranded on dry sand are assuredly no longer living. To survive, sand dollars suck in small animals and particles, and eat them with dental apparatus inside. The remains of this apparatus rattle when a sand dollar is shaken. When a sand dollar breaks, pieces of this apparatus, which look like little white doves, fall out. Sand dollars are fragile and need to be transported carefully. Read the rest of this entry »


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It’s Almost Time to Catch the New Wave

May 24th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

By Megan Shearin

Want an easy, fun and affordable way to explore the Resort Beach?

Let us do the driving and you do the relaxing.

trolley12Discover the best the Resort Beach has to offer from shops, restaurants, museums and more with a ride on one of our 14 vintage, open-air trolleys this summer.  Not only are they fun, but their throwback style reminiscent of the early 1900s passenger cable cars outfitted with contemporary accessibility features makes this one memorable ride for the entire family.

A truly unique Virginia Beach experience, these trolleys will travel from Rudee Inlet to 41st Street (the heartbeat of the Resort Beach) with multiple stops along the way.  Locals are also known to take the trolley, too, and they’ll likely recommend some of their favorite dining spots and shops that you may not otherwise find.

Daily shuttle services will run about every 15 minutes – a convenient way to visit all of your favorite amenities as you soak up your experience at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  Passengers can choose between open-air at the rear or totally enclosed with air conditioning interior seating.  Inside the trolley is just as exciting as the rear, complete with a cupola roof trimmed in rich wood and transom windows with vintage etchings.  Either way is sure to be an enjoyable ride after spending your day along our sandy shoreline.

So, put down you’re cell phone – there’s no need to pull up Google maps while you’re visiting Virginia Beach.  Just hop aboard a trolley for a lively time and enjoy all there is to offer this summer.  For more information on fares, schedules and locations to purchase tickets, visit http://gohrt.com/services/vb-wave

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Megan Shearin is a Public Relations Specialist with the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family at the beach, fishing and being active outdoors.


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Marshview Park: Virginia Beach’s Hundred-Acre Woods

May 22nd, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

Photo credit: Katherine Jackson

Photo credit: Katherine Jackson

Like the fictional forest inhabited by Winnie-the-Pooh, Marshview Park is a serene, hundred-acre woods located just a stone’s throw from the oceanfront. Nestled between several neighborhoods, the park lies on the banks of Owls Creek, which connects with Lake Rudee. Until recently, the park was undeveloped, but a small parking lot and an asphalt trail have now been built. The trail is ADA accessible and affords a short, pleasant venture into the woods. A friend who lives near the park told me years ago that it was a great place to bike, but only once had I walked a short way into the woods. When I learned that the new trail was finished, I was eager to investigate, and I was impressed by what I found.

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Fishing Prospects are Golden

May 15th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Dylan Moore shows off his red drum catch

Dylan Moore shows off his red drum catch

Red drum, the powerful golden-hued fish also known as reds, channel bass, or redfish are now biting in Virginia Beach waters. Bull reds up to 46 inches have been caught at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Red drum of that size, qualifiers for Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament release citation awards, are feeding in shoal waters between Fisherman’s Island and Smith Island.  These fish are also around buoy “13” inside the bay and the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s barrier island surf.  Sea clams and peeler crabs are best baits; however, blue crabs and chowder clams will also produce.

Black drum, another popular fish, will also feed in the same areas as the red drum over the next few weeks. Black drum to over 70 lbs. have been landed from the Fisherman’s Island surf with most bites coming on clam/crab baits.  Both black and red drum will gradually move to shoal areas inside the mouth of the bay as more and larger drum steadily arrive.  Best fishing is typically from dusk to a few hours after dark.

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Upcoming Tournaments & Family Fishing Opportunities

May 14th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Virginia Beach Angler’s Club 19th Annual Cobia Classic Tournament

June 19-20, 2015

Contact George Gabriel:
757.619.1638
VBAnglersclub@gmail.com

This could be you this season!

Nice cobia catch last season


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Virginia Beach – A Great Place to Salute the Armed Forces, Past & Present

May 8th, 2015 by Teresa Diaz

Virginia Beach is a proud military community.

We honor our heroes, past and present.

Here are five ways you can show your love and pride for those

who served, and those who still serve, our great country.


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1. Tidewater Veterans Memorial (William L. “Billy” Myers, Sr. Veterans Memorial Park) –  19th Street near the Resort Beach; directly across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Designed as a tribute to area veterans of all wars, from the Revolutionary War through all other conflicts, this stunning waterfall sculpture symbolizes the elements of war that both unify and divide us. Hundreds gather annually at ceremonies to honor the fallen. Free and open to the public; free parking.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Looking Up

May 7th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Editor’s Note:  This post originally went live on May 1st but was subsequently taken down for internal technical issues. Please take note that as outlined in paragraph two, tautog season CLOSED on May 1st.

Angling prospects have started to slowly improve. Fishermen trying their luck can expect bluefish inshore, tilefish on the Shelf, bluefin tuna in the deep, and red and black drum and striped bass in the Eastern Shore surf. The drum should soon make their way into Chesapeake Bay.   A long winter coupled with low saltwater temperatures has significantly delayed migration of area favorites such as croaker and flounder, species that will start to bite aggressively once bay and ocean waters warm.

Dr. Julie Bell with two beautiful togs

Dr. Julie Bell with two beautiful togs

Although the season closed May 1st, tautog provided a “spring saver” for fishermen working inshore and offshore wrecks and pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Decent catches of 2 to 5 lb. togs have been made with still larger fish coming from some offshore wrecks.  Tog season resumes September 20th with all indications pointing to a good fall run.

Bluefish up to 22 inches have arrived and are chasing bait inside Rudee Inlet. This offers a great chance to break out light tackle coupled with environmentally-friendly craft such as kayaks to enjoy maximum sport.  As inlet waters warm, expect larger blues up to 30 or more inches to join the party.

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