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Welcome to Virginia Coast

Virginia Coast

Virginia Beach, 110 miles (178km) east of Richmond, is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the East Coast where thousands of sun lovers flock each spring and summer for a traditional beachfront vacation. Most visitors are drawn to the three-mile (5km) long boardwalk, lined with numerous hotels and restaurants overlooking part of the 20 miles (32km) of unbroken sand that covers the coastline here. The beaches are excellent, and the town hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships, as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championships, each year. In fact, Virginia Beach is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest pleasure beach in the world.

Virginia Beach also has some interesting sightseeing attractions, particularly the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the most popular museum in the state. Historic landmarks include the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse dating from 1791 and Adam Thoroughgood House, built around 1680. There is also the First Landing Seashore State Park (where the Jamestown settlers came ashore) offering nature trails and boating. The Virginia Beach Amphitheater hosts a number of productions throughout the summer.

Virginia Beach is located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, and is near to a number of interesting towns, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk. Its close proximity and resort town infrastructure makes it an excellent base for exploring all of the towns and hamlets of the Virginia coast.

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English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

The three east-Virginian towns of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown make up a unique historical attraction where the clock has been turned back 200 years or more. The first British settlers in the 'New World' founded Jamestown in 1607. In nearby Yorktown in 1781 Americans won their independence during the last major battle of the Revolution. Visitors can now see what life was like in the fledgling Virginia during the colonial period by visiting Williamsburg, where a British flag still flies over the Capitol building and women are still wearing long dresses and ruffled caps, with men in powdered wigs populating the taverns. It all adds up to the greatest historic theme show ever, but it makes Williamsburg into more than just a recreation of an 18th-century town. Chat to the locals and you feel you are actually back in those days, as blacksmiths puff their bellows at the forge and clip-clopping horses pull carriages along the cobblestone streets. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation looks after 88 original buildings in the town, while 300 others have been reconstructed, including two taverns, a parish church, the courthouse and capitol building.

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