As the most populated city in the state of Virginia, Virginia Beach is home to more than 500,000 residents, and millions of tourists each year. My family of four call it home, too, and we really like it. Not only do you have the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, top-rated public schools, dozens of fun free festivals at the beach, and the largest employment base in the region, Virginia Beach is a popular place to live.
People love this city. And with good reason, too. As someone that's lived here for the better part of a decade, and grew up close by, Virginia Beach has a lot to offer. For starters, the public facilities are top-notch compared to neighboring cities. You have the beach, miles and miles of sand. Between Shore Drive beaches, the Oceanfront, and Sandbridge, locals and out-of-towners alike can have their pick. In addition to the beaches, the public parks are well-maintained and in several neighborhoods throughout the city. My family and I really enjoy utilizing several neighborhood parks on weekends and weeknights. One of our favorites include the 70-acre Great Neck Park, which has trails, basketball courts, playgrounds, and more. On weekends, it's packed, and right next to the Great Neck Recreation Center, which brings me to next point: Virginia Beach has eight "recreation centers," which is basically a YMCA excepted owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach -- except it offers much more, and is far less. An annual membership for an adult is $100 per YEAR, and that gives you access to indoor pools, basketball and racquet ball courts, upscale weight rooms, kids rooms, pool tables, and much more. It's one of the most incredible efforts a city in the country does to promote health and provide fun, engaging recreational activities at a low-cost.
For these reasons and more, the quality of life in Virginia Beach is pretty good. But it's not just for the public offerings. Virginia Beach has tons of bars and restaurants, a busy strip at the Oceanfront, two shopping malls, and a vibrant scene for people of all ages. It's increasingly becoming a popular place for seniors to retire, too.
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