Right where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean is Virginia Beach, a haven for beach lovers, history buffs, and gourmands. From the riotous activity of the beachfront, to the natural beauty of the Bay, Virginia Beach is a destination that you’ll always leave wanting more of. Opting for a condo rental will not only help you feel like a local who’s lucky enough to live here year-round, it’s also a way to introduce flexibility and added comfort to your stay. Check out these 4 distinct but equally cool neighborhoods you may want to consider for your Virginia Beach vacation.
Condo rentals in the Oceanfront District
If your idea of the perfect vacation destination is being where all the action is, then the Oceanfront District is the place for you. Catch live performers and shop for souvenirs on Atlantic Avenue, marvel at the yachts and maybe hire a fishing charter at the Rudee Inlet Marina, or join the joggers and skateboarders on the 3-mile Boardwalk. And of course, grab a selfie with the iconic Neptune statue! This is where you’ll find the best nightlife, whether you want to dance the night away or soar into it on a Ferris wheel. A condo rental here will most likely be in a high-rise or mid-rise building, and you can expect kitchenettes or full kitchens, balconies and maybe an onsite swimming pool. Many are right on the Boardwalk or offer direct access to the beach.
ViBe Creative District condos
To experience a more artsy ambiance than the typical beachfront vacation offers, opt to rent a condo in the ViBe Creative District, which you'll find nestled within the Oceanfront area. Here you’ll stay right in the midst of artisans and craftspeople, and can browse the galleries of leatherworkers, sculptors, painters, and all sorts of other artists who live and work here. Culinary artists call this place home too, so from your condo rental you can easily stroll to artisanal bakeries or experimental coffee roasters. It’s also an Instagrammer’s delight, with blocks and blocks of funky murals to check out. Condos here reflect the neighborhood’s artsy surprises, with eclectic decor and original art. Most also offer more conventional comforts such as parking spots, trundle beds, and decks for entertaining.
Historic Virginia Beach rentals
With its claim to fame as the spot where the first settlers from England stepped onto the shore in 1607, Virginia Beach is rich in history. One of the 2 lighthouses at Cape Henry was built in 1792 and is the 4th oldest lighthouse in the country. Step back into 1719 when you visit the Thoroughgood House, where you can get a taste of colonial life. For a look at a 19th-century home, you can see the Francis Land House—or Rose Hall—in the Rose Hall District. If you’d like the history of Virginia Beach to seep more into your vacation, try a historic rental. Whether you opt for a 1930s Craftsman house or a ‘50s vintage beach bungalow, these rentals are usually outfitted with modern amenities such as cable TV service and updated kitchens.
North End Virginia Beach rentals
If you picked Virginia Beach as your vacation destination because you’re in the mood for some peace and quiet, the North End may be where you want to find a rental. This residential area offers tranquility, even though the hustle and bustle of the Oceanfront District is just a few blocks south. Here, you’ll find gray-shingled houses and quiet low-rise condo buildings. Many have yards, private decks, and front gardens. First Landing State Park is also in this area, and is well worth a morning of wandering. You can hike the trails, see the marker that commemmorates the Jamestown settlers, or simply enjoy a quiet picnic. Amateur botanists may be interested in this fun fact: this is the northernmost point at which you’ll find subtropical and temperate plants growing together.