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When we started planning a trip to Norfolk and Virginia Beach, I knew I wanted to stay right by the ocean. We’d never stayed anywhere with an ocean view, although when we visit St. Augustine, we are just steps from the beach without the view. After a little bit of research, we discovered that several hotels are available at the beach, and many advertise that every room has an ocean view. We settled on the Comfort Inn and Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
The First Day at Virginia Beach
When we arrived, it was raining. In fact, it had been raining for our last leg of the drive. By the time we’d parked and found our room, the rain let up. We loved our ocean view! Our suite was perfect for us; we had a separate bedroom on the opposite side from the window facing the ocean. Then we had a bed next to the ocean view.
We dropped off our luggage and put on our beachwear. We wanted to get some beach time in just in case it rained again.
The beach wasn’t busy because of the rain. Also, we generally do our big summer road trips in early summer, so sometimes the weather hasn’t had a chance to warm up yet. We usually view that as a plus. Let me just say–it was not warm at the beach.
The cooler water did not detour my travel companions.
This area is a nice place to experience the beach. Realize, though, that this is not a relaxing beach. Fighter jets fly over constantly from Norfolk on patrol. We’re not really the napping on the beach type anyway, so we thought it was fun.
The beach has nice walkways and bike paths. It’s a fun place for a stroll.
Our swim was short due to more rain.
We decided to explore the area a little. It wasn’t too bad between rain showers.
After dinner, we returned home in more rain. This picture was taken from the parking garage at Comfort Inn and Suites.
We decided to settle into the room; we had a big day planned!
The Second Day at Virginia Beach
One thing I was hoping for was waking to a gorgeous sunrise over the sea. I was not disappointed!
How fun it was to take these pictures from the comfort of my balcony. See what I did there? Comfort Inn? Since we were up early, we ate our hotel’s hot breakfast, and then we explored the beach area. We had some time to kill before we could go to Norfolk to the Nauticus Museum and The Battleship Wisconsin. We also planned to do the Victory Rover tour to see the Navy shipyards. To read about our experiences, click here.
While walking along, we saw some of the more common features of beach tourism, like the salt water taffy place. Be sure to stop by the Neptune statue along the boardwalk.
After driving to Norfolk and back for our Nauticus adventures, we were ready for a swim. We were thankful the weather was clear on this day. The water was still cooler than I like, though.
Jeff and Kristin didn’t mind the water temperature; they jumped right in.
After a nice swim and dinner, we took another walk on the boardwalk in the evening.
The beach was even more beautiful as the sun went down.
I’ll never get tired looking at a beach during all times of day.
I even took night pictures from our balcony.
After the second night, we packed up and moved on to the next adventure on the road trip. If you’re looking for a place to get a beach fix that isn’t too expensive, you should definitely check out Virginia Beach. It’s a nice place to add in during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg or Washington D.C. We had a great time!