6 Surprising Facts About Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a great place to live and visit. But, did you know it has some secrets?

  1. The Virginia Beach is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Virginia Beach is listed in the famed record book as home to the world’s largest pleasure beach. There are 28 miles of premium oceanfront surf and sand along with an additional 10 miles of beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. This includes areas such as Sandbridge, Chicks Beach, Croatan Beach, and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront area, which all have plenty of room for fun in the sun.

  1. Virginia Beach once recycled a whole landfill.

Today Mount Trashmore Park is a treasured destination for tourists and locals alike, but it was born under unusual circumstances. The park has everything you could want from playgrounds to lakes, and walking trails to large, green hills. The hills are the park’s defining feature and were built by compressing layers of trash with fresh soil, letting the city turn and abandoned dump in to good clean fun.

  1. America was born in Virginia Beach.

    Men and women dressed in Native American Indian costumes dance at the Celebration of Life Pow Wow Festival at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

First Landing State Park gives the city a chance to show off its deep history. The park gets its name from an area marked with a large granite cross, which marks the place where the Virginia Company colonists first set foot on American soil in 1607. These settlers eventually settled in Jamestown, but left their mark on Virginia Beach forever.

  1.   The Chesepian tribe lived in Virginia Beach long before European settlers ever arrived.

Before the 1608 landing, the Chesepian people lived, hunted, and farmed throughout Virginia Beach. They were not members of the better-known Powhatan tribe – the one  Pocahontas was a member of – or their Confederation. Both groups occupied areas of what is now southeastern Virginia, but the Chesepians lived along and closer to the coast in modern day Virginia Beach

      5.  Virginia Beach is the largest city in the state.

Virginia Beach is like a multifaceted gem. With so many industries ranging from tourism, to agriculture, to military services, it attracts tourists and permanent residents alike. This city has an astounding population of more than 450,000 people. As a teeming metropolis, there is always something to do or see.

      6.  Virginia Beach has produced a lot of notable people.

It seems Virginia Beach is a breeding ground for talent. Stars such as: singer and songwriter, Felicia Barton; Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas; music sensation, Pharrell Williams; NFL wide receiver, Percy Harvin; five-time gammy nominee, Juice Newton, Rapper Pusha T; NBA player, J.R. Reid; Actor and “Avenger,” Mark Ruffalo; and musical phenomenon, Timbaland, are just a few who once had ties to the city.

      7.  Virginia Beach has a special bond with the city of Moss in Norway.

There is a statue near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront called “The Norwegian Lady” with an interesting past. In 1891 members of the Virginia Beach community made efforts to rescue the victims of the shipwreck of the Dictator, a ship from Moss, Norway that ran aground near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. As a memorial to those who were lost, the figurehead of the doomed ship was erected on the boardwalk, where it remained until 1953, when it was damaged and then disappeared. In 1963 the city of Moss gifted a bronze replica of the statue to Virginia Beach and erected and exact replica on their own shores, and the two officially became sister cities.

We invite you to explore Virginia Beach – – and of course, stay with us in one of our vacation suites while you’re in town!