Discovering, Rudee Inlet

Waterfront Dining, Outdoor Cafes, Watersports and More!
All Within Blocks of Each Other, All on the Water!

Just around the corner from the boardwalk is a small marina community overflowing with activity. Rudee Inlet, a short five-minute walk across Pacific Avenue from Fifth Street at the beach, is the place to go for boating and fishing charters, water activities and excellent seafood restaurants.

To truly experience Rudee Inlet, just meander around the docks and watch the fishing boats and sport boats coming and going. Drool over the irresistible aromas of fresh seafood being prepared at any of the inlet's famous waterfront restaurants. Ride with the dolphins or soar with the seagulls on one of the many water sports adventures. And finally, toast to family and friends as the sun sets on another perfect day in Virginia Beach.

Now you can experience all Rudee Inlet has to offer without stepping foot in the car or on the gas. Cath the wave – the Hampton Roads Transit Shuttle that encircles Rudee Inlet via Route 34.

As the headquarters for both offshore and inshore fishing charters, Rudee Inlet has all you need to plan the ultimate fishing excursion. Choose from a variety of half-, full-day or even night-time trips with experienced captains who know the best fishing spots around. Many charters are air conditioned and their staff will provide you with all the tackle and gear you'll need to reel in some prize winners. If fishing isn't your thing, you'll definitely enjoy sitting back and relaxing as the head boats return to the dock with the day's fresh catches (and wondering what might end up on your plate later on). Open Water Excursions offers half day, whole day and extended getaways. For the non-fisherman, there's sight seeing, dolphin watching and sunset cruises all aboard the "Slainte."

Rudee Inlet is also home to several water sports outfitters and is the true hub of water activity in Virginia Beach. You can rent a jet ski and head into the open ocean, right from the inlet, or take the whole family aboard a jet boat or sport boat and enjoy a day's worth of exciting boating. Rent a kayak and explore peaceful waters or sail the high seas on a luxury sailing yacht. You can go on a dolphin watching excursion in the summer, a whale watching trip in the winter and partake in loads of other trips anytime in between.

Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals has been providing a wide range of on-the-water activities since 1985, including jet skis, boats, kayaks and fishing charters. Their 20-foot sport boats fit up to 7 people and are great for families who want to get out and explore the scenic Virginia Beach coast. They also offer jet skis that can fit one, two or three people at a time, as well as the largest riding area in Virginia Beach.

Soar high above the Oceanfront and watch as the sunbathers become tiny specs on the sand. Fly by yourself or tandem with a friend—you can even specify if you want to dip your feet in the water or not.

Of course, after all this adventure, you may have worked up a bit of an appetite. Locals and visitors alike know that Rudee Inlet is known for having some of the best restaurants in Hampton Roads. Enjoy the freshest seafood straight from the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, mouth-watering steaks, towering sandwiches, pastas and much, much more. Each of the restaurants has its own distinct ambiance and provides a fabulous view of the inlet, and many offer great food and happy hour specials regularly.

Rockafeller's, the local's favorite, has been serving up delicious and fresh local fare since 1989. People come by foot, bike, car and boat to experience the laid-back marina atmosphere, signature cocktails and a slice of local flavor. Seafood is, of course, always the best option—especially when you can witness the fishermen rolling in with the freshest of catches. The carefree atmosphere, enhanced by the numerous rocking chairs, combined with mouth-watering meals and the Southern hospitality Virginia Beach is known for, has made Rockafeller's the place to dine for the past two decades.

Rudee's on the Inlet is another favorite among the locals and longtime visitors, and has been delighting taste buds since 1983. Enjoy fresh seafood and steaks inside or out on the deck. The outdoor cabana, complete with rocking tables for the utmost in "relax while you dine" atmosphere, has its own menu of tasty cocktails, a delicious raw bar and mouth-watering appetizers. All throughout the day, whether it's brunch, lunch or dinner, watch the boats come and go from the bustling marina.

Whether you're looking for adventure on the water or a delicious meal at sunset, Rudee Inlet truly has it all.


Rudee Inlet Listings

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