15 Romantic Things for Couples to Do in Virginia Beach

If you’re looking for a seaside getaway for two that has as much romance as it does variety, head to the shores of Virginia Beach. The coast is home to high-end accommodations for luxe lounging, budget-friendly B&Bs to rest your head after the day’s adventures, or cozy cabins near the beach that offer all the comforts of home. 

"Virginia Beach has it all," says longtime local Stacey Shiflet, executive director of the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association. "Sandbridge, Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk, and the Chesapeake Bay allow couples the chance to relax and enjoy each other."

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Stacey Shiflet is the executive director of the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association.

While it's tempting to visit a coastal town only in the summer, Virginia Beach welcomes travelers year-round with perennial activities for any pair. "In the spring, stroll through Redwing Park during the Cherry Blossom Festival to see the Japanese Gardens, or Lotus Garden Park off of Sandbridge Road," says Shiflet. "We are blessed with an extended summer here in Virginia Beach. Summer weather lingers with perfect temperatures leading into fall. You can see the leaves changing colors in our beautiful state parks."

Like most destinations, vacation rates change by the season, but Shiflet shares that the best deals can be found mid-October through early June. She advises budget-minded travelers to book ahead when traveling in the summer season and aim for a Sunday to Thursday stay for the best rates. Don’t forget, she says, that Virginia Beach has many campgrounds, cabins, and cottage rentals available year-round. As far as budgets go, on average, a weeklong getaway for two with moderate accommodations and meals may run you about $1,500.

Shiflet’s top Virginia Beach travel tip? Talk to locals about their favorite dining experiences. "There are unique culinary experiences available throughout the city. Our locals are eager to share and have many hidden spots that you will go back to time after time," she says. "Ask the front desk staff and locals that you meet on the street."

Ahead, read through 15 romantic things to do in Virginia Beach from wintertime whale watching to sipping wine in the spring.

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