Virginia Beach

Old Aug 14th, 2002, 04:03 PM
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Virginia Beach

Has anyone been to the Cavalier Resort in Virginia Beach? So far in my search it is the nicest one I have found. We are looking for next summer and want to go to Williamsburg for 2-3 days and then 4-5 days at the beach. Thanks
Old Aug 14th, 2002, 04:53 PM
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Apologies to Southsiders, but I wouldn't spend 4-5 days in Virginia Beach. It's a big nasty strip mall. Tacky and crowded. There are a few good restaurants. Just south is a community called Sandbridge which much nicer but it's primarily homes and would most likely require a week's stay.

Va Beach is 1.5 hours from Wmburg. Why not go another hour and spend your time in the Outer Banks? Or the Virginia Eastern Shore?
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 11:16 AM
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I agree, 4 days is a lot. I did hear recently that Sandbridge had some major erosion problems though, can anyone verify? I did not stay at the Cavelier, but drove by, and it seemed run down. I know the Boardwalk Hotel was just being built when I was there in March, I like new, it may be worth a try.
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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I liked VA Beach, I spent 3 or 4 days there at the Hilton and had a great time. This was several years ago though, maybe it's changed? The Hilton was very nice, had a room right on the ocean and the restuarant there was really nice (hubby still dreams about the Cajun scallops he had there.) I don't know the Cavalier, sorry.
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 07:45 PM
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Fiona- I am not a fan of Va Beach either- find it kind of tacky--
HOWEVER< the area where the CAVALIER is located is at the N end of the Beach , where the nice homes are located---
ASK to stay at their BEACH CLUB-it is the NEWER section right ON THE BEACH--the other section is opposite the beach up on a hill-that is the Original Cavalier--

Also there is a NEW RAdssion just N of the Cavalier--But the Cavalier is really the BEST upscale place in Va Beach----

Personally , if it were me, I would drive down to DUCK,NC (right above Nags Head) and stay at the Sanderling Resort-primo,laid back and beautiful beach-and not the Va Beach tacky crowds
Old Aug 31st, 2002, 12:02 PM
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Sandbrige is a Barrier Island formation and as such the island is constantly rolling towards the mainland. Read anything by Orin Pilkey to understand the process. Vabch has however, decided to do "beach replenishment" in Sandbrige, laying down tons of new sand, half paid for by the city and half by the residents of Sandbridge..and the sand lasts how long?? a few years?? Reeeeely sensible...not.

If folks are going to Virginia Beach and want a break from the cheeze that is "the strip" I would suggest going to Olde Towne Portsmouth for the day for antiqueing, excellent restaurants, and a beautiful historic district that has the largest concentration of restored homes between Charleston and Alexandria.
Old Sep 4th, 2002, 10:00 AM
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Other things to do in the Hampton Roads area when you are not getting fried on the beach are:

Nauticus (martime museum) and the USS Wisconsin (battleship) on the Norfolk downtown waterfront. Shopping and eats at Waterside and MacArthur Mall.

The Virginia Air and Space Museum is in downtown Hampton if you like that kind of stuff and it would be on the way to Williamsburg.

Virginia Beach also has a nice salt water aquarium.
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