Virginia Beach covers a total area of 497 square miles. The city was created in 1963 with the consolidation of Princess Anne County and the old City of Virginia Beach.
Tourism is the main industry in the city, with over 2.75 million visitors to the city every year. This provides for around 14,900 jobs in the tourist industry, which contributes over $70 million dollars of revenue to the city.
The weather zone of Virginia Beach is described as a humid subtropical zone. This allows for mild winters and hot and humid summers – perfect for a town with beautiful beaches such as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This four mile long boardwalk was constructed in 1988 and links over forty hotels and attractions.
This is of course just one of many major tourist attractions based in the city, such as the worlds furthest stretched tourist beach area – as verified in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
Visitors should take note of one slightly out of the ordinary law in city of Virginia Beach – local law prohibits swearing anywhere on the boardwalk!
Virginia Beach is also home to over 200 public parks, which cover a combined 4,000 acres. It is claimed that each and every park is completely unique.
The city is also home to the Black Bay National Wildlife Refuge, n incredible freshwater refuge that covers over 8,000 acres and has thrived after being established in 1938.
Such a popular and beautiful city has of course had no problem in courting sister cities from around the world and Virginia Beach has no less than four of them. They are Bangor in the United Kingdom, Miyazaki in Japan, Moss in Norway and Olongapo in the Philippines.