Virginia Beach has long been known as a summer hot spot, welcoming hordes of revelers every year to enjoy sun, sand, and surf. But winter invites guests to see a different side of this popular coastal town. While you’ll probably leave your bathing suit at home, a winter getaway to Virginia Beach still has lots to offer—and you can enjoy it all without the crowds of tourist season.
“It’s obviously colder and you won’t be going swimming, but it still has that laid-back vibe,” says Virginia Beach Director of Public Relations Erin Goldmeier. “Restaurants and bars remain open, and there are a lot of places where you can sit by the fire or get some fresh air and enjoy our natural resources.”
Despite dropping temperatures, Virginia Beach maintains its spirit, welcoming guests to its thriving shopping districts, delicious food, and exhilarating maritime excursions. Here are a few of our top picks for a winter visit.