Virginia Beach, Virginia is a resort city known for its tranquil beaches, picturesque natural beauty, and oceanfront dining. This area is home to quite a few well-kept state parks, and recognized by the Guinness World Records as having the “longest stretch of pleasure beach” in the entire world. Aquatic adventures are the bread and butter of Virginia Beach, but the area has plenty of attractions to offer aside from the coastline. With so many neighborhoods and towns nearby, there are numerous cozy spots to stay at during your coastal getaway. Here are 10 of the best areas to look for vacation rentals in Virginia Beach.

1. Lago Mar

Lago Mar is the perfect spot for a vacation rental because it gives you convenient access to the best of both worlds: Virginia Beach’s city neighborhoods and the southern farmlands and forests. Nature enthusiasts are sure to appreciate Nimmo Trail and the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Both spots are excellent for hiking, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, and other rural outdoor activities. Other local attractions include Sandbridge Beach, Hells Point Golf Club, and the Red Mill Commons shopping center. The rest of Virginia Beach is just a few minutes north, putting the whole area at your rental’s front door.

2. Chick’s Beach

Chesapeake Beach, or “Chick’s Beach” as it’s often called, is a neighborhood with the relaxing atmosphere of a small coastal town. Head to the bay to enjoy all your favorite water sports such as water skiing and jet skiing, or charter a pontoon boat for a luxurious day tubing, fishing, and just relaxing on the water. Chic’s Beach is a favorite among the locals, but it doesn’t attract as many tourists as other Virginia Beach neighborhoods, so it’s perfect if you want a vacation rental with some privacy without sacrificing convenience and accessibility.

3. Alanton

Alanton is an upscale neighborhood in northern Virginia Beach. Most of the homes in this welcoming community were built in the 60s. Pack a picnic, and head to one of the area’s parks with the kids, and then cool off at the Alanton Baycliff Recreation Center’s swimming pool. The neighborhood is just a quick drive away from many Virginia Beach hot spots, so it’s a great place to look for vacation rentals if you want a luxurious suburban feel with quick access to the city and beaches.

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4. Hilltop

Hilltop’s vibrant nightlife scene and regular festivals attract many young professionals, but there’s plenty to do and see for people of all ages. Buy a souvenir at The Shops at Hilltop, which features more than 120 boutiques, restaurants, and specialty stores, or head to the resort strip for people-watching, dining, and other entertainment. Hilltop is just a stone’s throw from some fantastic beaches, and it’s a great area to explore on foot.

5. The North End

If your main reason for visiting Virginia Beach is to be a beach bum, the North End is the neighborhood for you. Enjoy a vacation rental within walking distance of the scenic beaches, and spend the day sunbathing, swimming, and strolling along the boardwalk. Catch a live outdoor concert at Neptune’s Park, or go zip lining at The Adventure Park, which features trails for all skill levels ages 5 and up.

6. Heritage Park

Heritage Park is a tight-knit community known for its large, all-brick luxurious homes. Most of these homes open up to a lake or community space in the back, making them ideal as a vacation rental. This area is just a quick drive from Sandbridge Beach, one of the most beautiful, serene beaches in all of Virginia Beach. Heritage Park is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy vacation comfort without having to leave your home away from home.

7. Kempsville

Kempsville is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages. Kids love the Kid’s Cove at Mount Trashmore Park, a massive outdoor playground with bright colors and cushioned floors. Mount Trashmore Park, a converted landfill, also hosts regular festivals. Kemps Lake is a fantastic spot for a picnic or a relaxing stroll, and the area is known for its excellent golf courses.

8. Norfolk

Your Norfolk vacation rental is just a 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach, and this charming city has plenty to offer. Head to the picturesque Norfolk Botanical Garden for a leisurely stroll, and then admire more than 30,000 displays at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Bring the kids to the Virginia Zoo to see the elephants, tigers, red pandas, and countless other exotic creatures. History buffs love the Nauticus National Maritime Center and Battleship Wisconsin.

9. Chesapeake

Chesapeake, a half hour’s drive away from Virginia Beach, is an ideal destination for those who love outdoor adventures. Spend the day at Lake Drummond fishing, kayaking, and relaxing by the tranquil water. Northwest River Park is a fantastic place to spend the day with the whole family. The park offers the best of recreational activities and natural beauty, with an 18-hole Disc golf course, a miniature golf course, horseshoes, and volleyball nets. Another outdoor haven, the Chesapeake Arboretum, is full of trails just waiting to be explored.

10. Portsmouth

Located approximately 25 miles from Virginia Beach, Portsmouth is a historical city with lots of family-friendly attractions. The Children‘s Museum of Virginia offers plenty of hands-on exhibits that trick the kids into learning while they’re having a blast. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a haven for sports fans, and the Portsmouth Splash Park is the place to go to cool off. Enjoy quick access to Virginia Beach when you hang your hat in charming Portsmouth.

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