Travel watch: Houston to Virginia Beach, and back again

Going to the beach doesn't have to break the bank. If you're looking for a coastal getaway, consider Virginia Beach.

The 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 the sites, there are plenty of top-notch eateries and bars that'll be sure to pique your interest.

Whether you’re trying to jet set ASAP or you’re looking to plan ahead based on the cheapest fares, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Houston and Virginia Beach, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in Virginia Beach to get you started on planning your ideal getaway.

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Flight deals to Virginia Beach

Currently, the cheapest flights between Houston and Virginia Beach are if you leave on May 15 and return from Virginia on May 18. American Airlines currently has tickets for $136, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had earlier in May. If you fly out of Houston on May 10 and return from Virginia Beach on May 12, United can get you there and back for $287 roundtrip.

Top Virginia Beach hotel

To plan your accommodations, here is Virginia Beach’s top-rated hotel, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Ave.)

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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 beachfront hotel is near the Neptune Statue and the Virginia Aquarium and the Marine Science Center.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Virginia Beach has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

TASTE at the Oceanfront (3603 Pacific Ave.)

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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.

Tautogs Restaurant (205 23rd St.)

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Don't forget the essentials: where to get a drink and a quick bite. For a popular option, check out Tautogs Restaurant, with 4.8 stars from 22 reviews.

Tautog's Restaurant is a casual dining establishment featuring fish and seafood entrées, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Catch 31 Fish House & Bar (3001 Atlantic Ave.)

Another solid option is Catch 31 Fish House & Bar.

"The restaurant inside is beautiful," wrote Tilly. "I got the mussels appetizer and clam chowder and my husband got a fish entree. We liked everything."

Eat-An American Bistro (4005 Atlantic Ave.)

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Finally, there's the Eat-An American Bistro.

"The food is fabulous," wrote Lisa. "I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion."

Top Virginia Beach attractions

Virginia Beach is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (717 General Booth Blvd.)

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First up is The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, which 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 newbie visitor. 

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave.)

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The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is another popular destination.

Exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and more from local and international artists.

Virginia Beach

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Lastly, consider checking out the Beach.

"The beaches are fantastic, and the boardwalk is great — no stores to distract children," wrote visitor Madelyn. "If you want to shop, you have to go one block to Atlantic Avenue."

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