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Virginia Beach locals take their leisure time seriously, and for good reason. When you live beside the water, miles from state parks and hiking trails and minutes from the region’s best dining and shopping, you want to enjoy it every chance you get.

Locals to our award-winning city on the coast of southeastern VA spend a lot of time outdoors, and not just at the beach. They hop on bikes or lace up running shoes and hit the trails at First Landing State Park, on the boardwalk at the oceanfront or at False Cape in Back Bay. Virginia Beach locals get to spend time honing the sports of boating, fishing and crabbing, and they get to explore local wildlife while they’re at it.

Finally, locals to our region get to kick back and enjoy the area’s abundance of delicious local seafood, locally-sourced fresh produce and meats and more at any one of the award-winning restaurants located just miles from your front door.

Coming home to waterfront living in Virginia Beach comes with perks galore, and one of them is certainly never running out of ways to get out and play. Here are a few local activities Virginia Beach residents love:

Boating & Fishing
Whether you love to fish, crab or simply get out on the water and explore the bay by boat, you can do it all and almost all the time when you live in Virginia Beach. Chartering a commercial fishing boat to head out into deep water for fishing is a breeze, as is riding along on a dolphin watching excursion from Rudee Inlet. When you live on the water, you get to play and enjoy sports on the water, and for those who love boating and fishing, it’s a win win.

Hiking & Biking
Virginia Beach is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and hiking trails. First Landing State Park is the perfect place for even beginning hikers and bikers to visit, with trails as short as a mile long. If you want to head out for some rougher terrain, head to False Cape in Back Bay. Cruise the boardwalk at dusk or bike with serious cyclists in Pungo and Back Bay. The city truly is your playground.

Shopping & Dining
Whether you prefer freshly caught, local seafood, farm to table, fresh produce and meats or just a perfectly prepared meal, you’re in good luck in Virginia Beach. Our city is home to the region’s finest chefs and is bursting with delicious restaurants, wine bars and brunch spots to feed your appetite. Virginia Beach also has outstanding shopping at Town Center, Hilltop and the Oceanfront, with some of the country’s biggest retailers setting up shop just miles away from your front door.

Beach Days
Every day is a good day to go to the beach when you live in Virginia Beach. Even cold, winter days can make for refreshing walks along the sparkling bay, and sunny, hot summer days are cooler and better when spent beside the Atlantic Ocean.