Going to the beach doesn't have to break the bank. If you're looking for a coastal getaway, consider Virginia Beach. This beachside city in southeastern Virginia is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. A three-mile boardwalk stretches along its beach-lined oceanfront.
The bayside First Landing State Park marks the 1607 arrival of the Jamestown colonists from England, and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center exhibits ocean life including sharks, rays and sea turtles in globally themed habitats. In addition to these sites, there are plenty of top-notch eateries and bars that'll be sure to pique your interest.
And the cost is more doable than you might think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Cleveland to Virginia Beach in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.
So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.
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Flight deals to Virginia Beach
The cheapest flights between Cleveland and Virginia Beach are if you leave on June 24 and return from Virginia on June 28. Allegiant Air currently has roundtrip tickets for $156.
There are also deals to be had in May. If you fly out of Cleveland on May 30 and return from Virginia Beach on June 3, American Airlines can get you there and back for $261 roundtrip.
Top Virginia Beach hotel
To plan your stay, here is Virginia Beach’s top-rated hotel, selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.
The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Ave.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The hotel has a 4.2-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $126.
This Virginia Beach hotel is near the Neptune Statue. Additional attractions include the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
Top picks for dining and drinking
Don't miss Virginia Beach's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Taste at the Oceanfront (3603 Pacific Ave.)
One of Virginia Beach's most popular restaurants is TASTE at the Oceanfront, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 26 reviews on Skyscanner.
Catch 31 Fish House & Bar (3001 Atlantic Ave.)
Don't forget the essentials: where to get a drink. For a popular option, check out the Catch 31 Fish House & Bar, with 4.6 stars from 35 reviews.
"The restaurant is beautiful. I got the mussels appetizer along with clam chowder and my husband got a fish entree. We liked everything," wrote reviewer Tilly.
Tautogs Restaurant (205 23rd St.)
One more solid option is Tautogs Restaurant. It has 4.8 stars from 22 reviews on Skyscanner.
"Try the tilapia entree and the mussels for an appetizer. They will not disappoint!" wrote Tilly.
What to see and do in Virginia Beach
Not sure what to do in Virginia Beach, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (717 General Booth Blvd.)
First up is The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. It has 4.7 stars from 102 reviews.
Also known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, this aquarium houses an impressive collection of sea life in 800,000 gallons of water. Land life is represented via the Marsh Pavilion and the Aviary, giving a good overall sense of Virginia's wildlife to any new visitor.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave.)
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is another popular destination. It has five stars from five reviews.
Featuring gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows, this museum offers contemporary visual art.
Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach)
Lastly, spend some time on the eponymous Virginia Beach. It has 4.9 stars from 14 reviews on Skyscanner.
"The boardwalk is great," wrote visitor Madelyn.
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