The easternmost portion of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads is home to Virginia Beach, a resort community brimming with beaches, hotels, and restaurants. The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Clearly this is a strong draw, because even though Virginia Beach relies on tourists to thrive, it’s actually one of the five largest suburbs in North America. It’s also listed as the most populous city in the state of Virginia.
The tourism industry depends not just on the beautiful stretches of beachfront property and all the amenities that go with it, but also on the special events that are unique to this city. Things such as the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Virginia Beer Festival, Gospelfest, and Festa Italiana draw crowds from near and far. Another popular area attraction is The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, where visitors can explore hands-on exhibits, aquariums, and 3D marine and nature science films in IMAX.
As one would expect in an oceanfront resort, the cost of living is on the high side. While some can be found for less, many apartments for rent Virginia Beach has to offer sta rt at over $1,000 for a one-bedroom unit.