We went on a quick trip to VA Beach on Sunday.
By quick I mean we were probably gone for a little more than 24 hours, but we wanted to take a few pictures of the beach access, and found some interesting things in our hotel! We went to the beach awhile back and wrote about the “beach access” at the Outer Banks and had heard VA Beach and some good options.
Awesome beach access and a super inclusive playground (we’ll do a more in depth post on playgrounds soon). PLUS this was the first time Scott and I were able to walk along the beach for ANY length of time without frustration. The boardwalk is amazing! We did find out that if you wanted to get one of the beach chairs to ride down toward the water you could use one for FREE. We didn’t do that, but it was nice to know that was an option!
While I was excited to see the ability for us to get onto the beach, we only saw these pathways in ONE end of the boardwalk. Would be neat to see this offered in various places along the shoreline.
Our hotel. Granted we found something cheap because we knew we would only be there for one night. When we first arrived I noticed that there wasn’t a ton of room at the foot of the bed and Scott barely got through. This was the only way to get to the bathroom. You can see in the bottom picture there’s a piece of the dresser that’s scratched – Scott didn’t do that, but that’s an indicator that another person had trouble too!
Then Scott asked if I could turn on the air – I had to crawl around this to reach the controls on the right between the table and an recliner…
Then around 12am we heard a continuous beeping – which turned out to be an alarm clock that had been set in another room without any occupants :) Beep beep beep beep…
Well – curly hair, humidity, and wind made my hair CRAZY but I didn’t get a picture of that ;) Nothing a pony tail can’t fix!
We had an enjoyable time at the beach. We took a stroll at night and were super impressed with how easy it was to get around. If we had kids, Scott would have been able to get to them and be with them in the playground. All important! Did we see just “disabled people” using these features of the boardwalk and no step entrances to the beach? Nope, people of all ages and abilities were out and about enjoying themselves on their vacation.
There is even a bike lane separate from the boardwalk to make the space even more friendly and safe for lots of people. Next time we hope to stay longer, but what a joy it was to not be frustrated on our trip! The design of the area made our experience enjoyable and would make us want to come back. We’d pick a different hotel next time though :)