Exploring Places XXXVI. Virginia Beach, USA

Postcard 22 has been headed for VIRGINIA BEACH!

Virginia Beach. Decaleon.com

Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the U.S. state of Virginia. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia, having grown larger than the more urban neighboring city of Norfolk, and is the 39th most populous city in the United States.

Location of the United States. Image edited by Postcrossing at Padre Feijoo

Location of Virginia Beach in the State of Virgina, US. Wikipedia
Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

Virginia Beach aerial view. Aerophoto America
Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship, a beach soccer tournament. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, two universities, International headquarters and site of the television broadcast studios for Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

Eastcoast surfing championship at Virginia Beach by Tod Spencer
 Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, and numerous historic sites. Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists, who eventually settled in Jamestown, on April 26, 1607.


...being listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world.

Virginia Beach. Wikimedia Commons
...its location at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.

Chesapeake Brigde. Visit Virginia Beach,com
... Being the birthplace of James LaRue Avery (1945-2013) known for his portrayal of the patriarch and judge "Philip Banks", in the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

James Avery. Wikimedia Commons
James Avery and Will Smith. Fresh Prince of Bel Air. EW.com


Cape Henry Lighthouse

Fort Story Lighthouse. Wikimedia Commons
There are two lighthouses located at Cape Henry within Fort Story military base near north end of Virginia Beach. The original Cape Henry Lighthouse has long been important for the large amount of ocean-going shipping traffic for the harbors, its rivers, and shipping headed to ports on the Chesapeake Bay. It was the first lighthouse authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, for an original contract amount of $15,200 (an additional $2,500 was required to finish the lighthouse).

The Old Coast Guard Station Museum

Old Coast Guard Station. Visitvabeach.com
The Old Coast Guard Station honours and preserves the history of Virginia's coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Station's exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach Community and extends to subjects related to Virginia's oceanfront, coastal and water related heritage. The museum's two galleries depict the history of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services and shipwrecks on the Virginia Coast.
The Old Coast Guard Station is housed in the most important artifact in the museum's collection: the 1903 Life-Saving Station.

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park. Destination360.com
First Landing State Park is located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach. This 2,888 acre park offers a wide range of activities for visitors. You can go swimming, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, or enjoy a picnic.

False Cape State Park

False Bay State Park. Wikimedia Commons
False Cape State Park is a state park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It lies on the Currituck Banks Peninsula which is a mile-wide barrier spit between the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean on Virginia's Outer Banks. The park adjoins the state border with North Carolina and lies shortly north of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.


Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” With three unique beaches, a world-renowned boardwalk, energetic Town Center, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture.


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