Southern food and oysters- we know you both love them and we know you can have them in one plate. Virginia Beach is the perfect spot for food junkies, especially the more daring type. This proud beach community is not only about the waters, but it also boasts 8,000 acres of land from which farmers produce local goods for eateries and upscale restaurants alike. If you're on your way to the Tidewater area, make sure you know where the best foods are served.
If you're looking for some quality food served with sophistication, Terrapin got that for you. They change their menu regularly, so you know you will not get tired of eating the same dish if you come here every day. Their list highlights a sustainable and organic selection.
Bay Local Eatery
Bay Local is known for their southern and seafood offerings, but you might be surprised to see unusual dishes on their menu. From wagyu beef to oysters, their wide-selection menu gives you only the best quality of food you ever craved for. Don't worry if you come here past lunch because their brunch options are available throughout the day.
Come to this hip and cool lunch spot and enjoy their delectable dishes made from locally produced ingredients. Commune makes sure to serve freshly-cooked meals on a regular basis. They have green options for the health conscious and guilty-pleasures for when you want to indulge in your cravings. Their sweet-potato hash tots served with sweet mustard-aioli is a must-try.
We are not surprised why this brother-run fish house has been pleasing hungry customers since 1972. You can find the usual seafood options as well as creative ones written on their menu. Be warned, though, their famous creamy she-crab soup is addictive, but we can't blame you if you come back for another bowl the next day.
Bubba's Seafood Restaurant & Crab House
Everybody appreciates fresh seafood, especially if it's served on the deck. Bubba's Seafood Restaurant is famous for serving the freshest crabs in town as well as other fresh-catch options. If it's in season, make sure to try their jimmies, but you can always opt for their equally sumptuous crabcake, and steamed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs.
Repeal Bourbon and Burgers
It's hard to put down Repeal Bourbon's burgers once you've had the first bite. Their burgers are sinfully greasy and cooked to perfection for your meaty-burger craving, and the truffle mac n' cheese completes the experience. Don't forget to try the must-try Old Fashioned for the perfect guilty pleasure treat.
Masala Bites offers some of the most flavorful dishes around town, and they owe that to their home-roasted and ground spices. Their menu mainly consists of an ensemble of Northern Indian dishes and fresh seafood as well as regular options. Masala Bites' home-cooked paneer served fresh the oven is a sweet treat for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Your regular lunch staples upgraded, that's what you will experience at Taste. This family-run restaurant makes their dishes from fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Taste is your go-to place if you want to taste authentic Virginia Beach flavor. Whether you order their regular lunch options or go for their super-filled sandwiches, you are sure to ask for more
Virginia Beach is the place to be if you enjoy the thrills offered by nature. It has sandy beaches, wildlife, and different trails to explore. This coastal city is the great escape if you want just to be one with nature and quench your thirst for adventure. False Cape State Park and First Landing State Park both offer a glimpse of the natural coastal environment of Virginia Beach. Whether you like to go camping or you merely want to explore the biking and hiking trails, these two state parks will not disappoint.
False Cape State Park
False Cape State Park is a crowd favorite for many good reasons. It boasts of six-mile virgin beaches and a 15-mile trail. From its woodlands, dunes, farm fields, down to its salt marshes, its beauty is hard to beat. The park also houses a variety of species that are endemic to the area. There are 300 species of migratory birds that find a fortress in this remote park.
False Cape State Park that sits in the southern part of Virginia Beach is a good spot for camping. You can feel the primitive way of camping on the site because there is no public vehicle access. If you want to go to False Cape, you need to bike your way to it, or ride a boat, or go hiking. The park also has tram services and beach transport that you can use to reach the park. There are a total of 12 campsites which are exclusive for tent-pitching. They offer free water in three different locations.
If camping doesn't excite you, maybe hiking and biking will. False Cape has 15 of these trails with different levels of difficulty for every type of adventure-seeker out there. The Sand Ridge Trail is the most challenging and the longest path in the park.
First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park is a registered Natural Landmark that boasts of its 1.25 miles of beach and 19 miles of hiking trails. This 2,888-acre park offers freshwater ponds, marsh habitat, forest, and cypress swamp. There is no wonder it is the most visited state park in Virginia because aside from the beautiful view, it is also home to the maritime forest community, which is one of the most endangered habitat types in the world.
The name "First Landing" is to honor the historic landing the ships from England. One of the three ships was the Godspeed where the first English settlers in America came from. There were 100 English people in these ships, and Captain Christopher Newport led them.
If you want to access the nine interpretative trails stretching through the park, you can use the south entrance off of Shore Drive. Cape Henry Trails is the park's longest trail and the only one that can be accessed through biking and hiking. The Bald Cypress Trail will give you a lot of Instagram-worthy views, so don't forget to bring your cameras for a great photo-op.
The camp offers 200 campsites where campers can find refuge. There are smaller sites for those who prefer tent-camping, but there are also sites with water and electricity for those who prefer comfortable camping.