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A quiet moment on Virginia Beach before the summer crowds arrive.  
Credit: Alistair Wearmouth 
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Virginia Beach is packed with hotels and condos to suit all tastes and budgets.  
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Virginia Beach boasts one of the mid-Atlantic region's best surf scenes. Day and multi-day surf camps are available for newbies to the sport.  
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Even non-surfers can get in on the wave action!  
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The King Neptune statue is one of the signature sights along the bustling Virginia Beach Boardwalk.  
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Beyond the beach, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is home to hundreds of species, including nurse sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays.  
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Migrating humpback and minke whales pass through the area on their way south from northern breeding grounds, with whale-watching tours available from December through March.  
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Rudee Inlet (pictured in foreground) anchors Virginia Beach’s southern end and is where Virginia Beach’s popular whale- and dolphin-watching tours depart.  
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During the summer, dolphin-watching tours are a popular excursion. The mammals can also be easily spotted from the beach.  
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Cape Henry Lighthouse guards the northern end of Virginia Beach. Nearby, First Landing State Park offers walking trails, beach access, and camping.  
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Surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are all popular summer activities. Several outfitters also offer guided kayaking trips through Virginia Beach’s back bay inlets and marshlands.  
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Virginia Beach's three-mile boardwalk is center of all the action, with a dedicated two-lane trail for bikes and surreys.  
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While summer is the high season here, winter’s off-season still offers plenty of events and attractions (not to mention, slimmer crowds!).  
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Be warned: getting to Virginia Beach can be a traffic nightmare during weekends and the holiday season, though it’s worth it once you arrive!  
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The Virginia Beach Oceanfront Fishing Pier offers the chance to hook pompano, kingfish, pigfish, trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and numerous other tasty morsels.  
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