Beyond the Boardwalk
Venture past the oceanfront to live your vacation like a local

There's nothing like the Virginia Beach Oceanfront—the crashing waves, the beautiful beach and boardwalk, the impeccable seafood restaurants and the fabulous shopping are some of the fascinating treasures that make up a Virginia Beach vacation. However, if you do a little exploring and venture beyond the boardwalk, you'll find that the entire city of Virginia Beach is a thriving community with distinct personality and welcoming charm, one of the many reasons our locals love this area so much. Take some time during your stay to check out some other areas and live like a local—even if it's just for a little while!

Shore Drive - If you want to explore the shore, there's no place more tranquil and serene than Shore Drive. The Chesapeake Bay Beach off of Shore Drive has spectacular dining and sandy beaches, just milder surf that's perfect for younger children who may be timid about the water or anyone who's tired of getting knocked over by waves. Throw a bit of history in your trip by visiting the Adam Thoroughgood House, located just over three miles off of Shore Drive. The historic home was built in the early 1700s and named after Adam Thoroughgood, an indentured servant who became a community leader and a member of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown. The home is now listed in the US National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. To get to Shore Drive, simply head north on Atlantic Avenue, and keep on driving.

Sandbridge - Known as the "Outer Banks of Virginia," Sandbridge is a peaceful, family-oriented beach consisting of five miles of gorgeous sands. Take a hike around Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, dine at one of the classic seafood eateries, and check out some of the stores around Red Mill Commons. The nightlife here is cool and casual; catch a live band and enjoy a meal and a fruity beverage on the deck of one of the area restaurants. Sandbridge is located south of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront about 17 miles.

Pungo - Near Sandbridge is the quaint, rural community of Pungo. Visit the only winery in proximity to the beach—Pungo Ridge Winery crafts blackberry wines and is open seasonally. Known for its annual strawberry festival, Pungo is the site of many pick-your-own fruit farms and roadside fruit and vegetable stands, so stop by one of these charming stations before heading home for a scrumptious souvenir.

Town Center - Virginia Beach's Town Center is the place to see and be seen, especially on the afternoons when live music can be heard in Fountain Plaza and the whole area is bustling with excitement. Catch a comedy show, or watch a live play or performance at some of the various venues before enjoying one of the best meals you've ever had at restaurants offering anywhere from Japanese to Chinese to Italian to Irish and many other selections in between. Browse the fine retail shops here to discover the eclectic treasure you've been searching for. Best of all, Town Center offers free parking, so don't worry about running up the meter as you peruse this fabulous area. Travel west on 264, and take Exit 17B on Independence Boulevard toward Pembroke to arrive in Town Center.