1. This Place Is Bigger Than You Think

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Virginia might be in Guinness as having the longest pleasure beach in the world, but at 250 square miles, the city itself goes well beyond the beach. So, don’t assume if you’re buying property with a Virginia Beach zip code that you’re always going be within walking distance of the ocean. You can drive well over a half hour beyond the beaches and still be in VA Beach.

2. Make Sure To Watch The Potty Mouth

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There are signs all along the resort area reminding you to keep those four-lettered words zipped up. But is it enforceable? Yes and no. There is a city ordinance to keep swear words at bay, but you’ll really only be charged if you’re yelling them out and being a public nuisance. So if you stub your toe and mumble a couple of expletives under your breath, you won’t get shipped off to jail.

3. King Neptune Rules The Beach

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The popular Neptune Festival attracts over 500,000 visitors to the beach every year and is consistently listed in the top 100 festivals in the country. Don’t miss the North American Sandsculpting Championship while you’re here and make sure you get your picture taken with King Neptune on the boardwalk – it’s a must.

4. … But There’s Much More On The Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk fun doesn’t start and end at Neptune. Filled with free attractions all summer long like a beach circus, twice-weekly fireworks, a huge handicap-accessible playground, restaurants, and ice cream shops, it’s a great place to walk. Biking and pedestrian paths are separate, as well, making your stroll an enjoyable one.

5. You Can Hit The Street For Even More Free Fun

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Just off of the boardwalk on the main street is the Resort Strip (BeachStreet USA) offering even more fun. Stretching three miles from 2nd street to 42nd street, you’ll find a variety of shops, mini golf, arcades, restaurants, bars, ice cream and frozen yogurt spots. You also get to enjoy more free entertainment, as nearly every corner has a street artist set up including musicians, break dancers, magicians and more.

6. The Beaches Are So Clean You Could Eat Off Them

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Okay, no one likes sand in their hamburger. But there’s a reason the locals call VA Beach “The Largest Sandbox In Virginia” and that is because the beach is spectacular. Every morning, the beaches are raked and smoothed back out to keep safe and pristine. It’s fun to wake up and look out from your balcony and see the machines at work – and also very difficult to resist yelling out a quote from the movie “Meatballs”: “Comb the beach!”

7. You’ll Find The Ocean Inside, Too

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Located near the oceanfront, this aquarium is a great spot on sunny or a rainy day. Inside you’ll find sand tigers, sharks and stingrays, and a 70,000 gallon sea turtle aquarium along with hands-on exhibits, jellyfish and octopus aquariums and a fun outdoor park and nature Trail, Owls Creek.

8. Virginia (Beach) Is For Lovers

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Virginia might have recently changed its slogan to “Live The Life,” but it still is and always will be for lovers. One of VA Beach’s best qualities is that along with being a great destination for families, it’s also romantic. Thousands of couples flock here every year to get hitched and for their honeymoons. The brand new beach wedding permit allows couples to reserve a private spot on the public beach to tie the knot against the ocean waves.

9. ... Also For Farmer’s Markets

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Producing corn, soybeans, pork, wheat and dairy, over 150 farms keep eating local in Viriginia Beach possible. Every Saturday, you can visit the Old Beach Farmers Market to find fresh fruits and veggies, handmade breads, artisan foods, and those amazing blue crabs the Chesapeake is known for.

10. Head To Sandbridge For Peace And Quiet

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If you’re looking to stay away from the tourist crowds, then you’ll definitely want to avoid the Resort Strip. Head to the Sandbridge community for a more laid-back, relaxed feel, loaded with vacation homes and condos but light on the hotels. The neighborhood still has a solid nightlife with ocean view restaurants and bars, live bands, shopping, and a fishing pier but is much less congested.

11. The Military Is Everywhere

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There are several military bases in and around the metropolitan area of VA Beach, including the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Station Oceana, which is the largest employer in the city. The NAS Oceana and Training Support Center Hampton Roads are considered to be the largest of their kind in the world. Come to the boardwalk in the wee hours of the morning to see many of the men running up and down the boardwalk – usually sans shirts, ladies.

12. Things Get Pretty Loud Here

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What’s that sound overhead? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… a jet. A really, really loud jet. And probably more than one of them. Due to the military presence, there are a high number of military crafts that fly overhead in the city, including the oceanfront. You can tell the locals from the tourists when they pass by, as the locals barely even hear them anymore.

13. Virginia Beach Was “Happy” Before Everybody Else

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Because who could ever be sad with Pharrell around? Born in Virginia Beach on April 5, 1973, the singer/songwriter and producer attended Princess Anne High School, where he was a member of the school band, of course. The city has declared the date of June 7th as Pharrell Williams Day and awarded the “Happy” singer with a key to the city.

14. October Is The Time To Get Tipsy

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Another successful summer has come to a close, all the tourists are gone. It’s time for a toast. Every October, you can raise your glass at the popular Virginia Wine Festival in Town Point Park. But make sure to stay hydrated because just a few days away is the Virginia Craft Beer Festival where you can sample some of the best brews around. Who says summer gets all the fun?

15. Everybody’s Gone Fishin’

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If you consider fishing to be a sport, then VA Beach will be your new home turf. Nestled at the intersection of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and multiple freshwater waterways, there are a ton of hot spots to cast a line all year long. Rockfish, otherwise called striped bass, are a popular catch in the area at award-winning sizes. The annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Tournament takes place every January, so get your gear ready.

16. The Parks Are Complete Trash … In The Best Way Possible

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The city of VA Beach has a whopping 265 parks which are immaculately kept, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department which has been recognized as one of the top U.S. park systems in the country. When traveling from I-264 to the waterfront, you can’t miss one of the best parks, Mount Trashmore. No, really. That’s it’s name. On the 165 acres of land is a 60 foot high hill stretching over 800 feet long, created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil and stands as the highest point of the city. It also has two lakes and a crazy cool skatepark.

17. You’ll Get By In Virginia Beach With A Little Help From Your Friends

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In the heart of the resort area of VA Beach, you’ll find a quaint little bar just off the main strip that will look like every other pub in town, until you see the huge Beatles "Abbey Road" mural in in the parking lot. Abbey Road Pub is chock full of the British band's memorabilia and artwork, brimming with a great vibe, excellent food, and an all-around good time.

18. You Won’t Have To Dig For Culture

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If you’ve overdosed on sun and sand and need a little more culture in your life, head to the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art. Here you’ll find an assortment of rotating exhibits ranging from sculptures, paintings, photography, glass and video. And when you want some art but just can’t pull yourself away from the beach, enjoy the Boardwalk Art Show and take in the exhibits along the oceanfront.

19. It’s Always Tee Time Somewhere

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The Virginia Beach region is a hot spot for golf lovers. There are 11 golf courses open to the public in the city and 36 military holes at NAS Oceana’s Aeropines course. Some of the most notable greens are at Hell’s Point Golf Club and Virginia Beach National, which hosts the Virginia Beach Open every April.

20. Everybody Gone Surfin’, East Coast U.S.A.

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The East Coast doesn’t have the huge surfing scene that the West Coast does, which makes the East Coast Surfing Championships even more exciting. This annual competition of more than 100 of the world’s top pro surfers along with hundreds of amateurs is North America’s oldest surfing contest, with combined prizes of $40,000.

21. Virginia Beach Is A Volleyball Mecca

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Virginia Beach is home to one of the largest volleyball followings around. It hosts several organizations like Tidewater Volleyball Association and Volleyball Virginia offering competitive games for pros and amateurs. The city hosts professional and semi-professional tournaments in affiliation with the AVP Tour, EVP Tour, Pro Beach East and the Spalding Corona Wide Open. If that’s too many abbreviations for you, there’s always a volleyball net available on the beach for public play.

22. You'll Get Orange Crushed Sooner Or Later

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You can’t move to Virginia Beach with at least trying The Orange Crush. This popular local cocktail is a perfectly fruity blend of orange vodka, triple sec and Sprite. For the original, head to Waterman’s Surfside Grille. There’s also the Crush N’ Country event hosted by Waterman’s along with the Crushfest in celebration of everyone’s favorite drink every April. Cheers! What do you love about living in Virginia Beach? Tell us in the comments below!