Best Times to Visit Virginia Beach
The best time to visit Virginia Beach is from late May to early September, when you'll experience oceanfront culture in full swing. But fair warning: This is the peak season. The city and beach can get crowded during these months, plus room rates at beachfront hotels are generally higher between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For lower prices and relatively comfortable temps, arrive in spring (from March to mid-May) or fall (between mid-September and November). You can also save some coin if you visit in December, January or February, but you'll need to bundle up and may encounter reduced hours at select attractions.
Weather in Virginia Beach
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Find Flight and Hotel Deals
|Late May-Early September||
Memorial Day to Labor Day is Virginia Beach's peak tourist season, but despite the thicker crowds and high prices, late May to early September is the only time to enjoy the waterfront properly. The city is humming with activity, and daytime temperatures commonly hover in the 80s, which is perfect for walking along the boardwalk or lounging at Sandbridge Beach. But remember to bring an umbrella for July and August visits since these months see the most rain.
If you want to enjoy the beach while sticking to a tight budget, plan on visiting in September (after Labor Day). Room rates start to fall as the month progresses, and the city's top sights often offer more elbow room after the holiday weekend. But remember, temperatures also drop this time of year, with averages in the mid-40s to low 60s by the end of November. As a result, October and November generally are not ideal times to sunbathe.
December through February is the most affordable yet coldest time of the year here. Daytime highs often hover in the high 40s to low 50s, while average lows sit in the 30s. Rain is uncommon during these months, but snow occasionally falls, so pack accordingly. Of the few events that take place in winter, most occur in December before the holidays.
Although average daytime temps in March and April (which sit between the high 50s and high 60s) are too chilly for the beach, nature enthusiasts can trek the trails at First Landing State Park or climb to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse without overheating. What's more, hotels generally offer affordable rates at the start of the season, but keep in mind that prices (and temps) will increase as Memorial Day nears. More festivals, including music-focused events like the Virginia International PAN Fest and the Pirate Party on the Beach, are also available as summer approaches.
Popular Times to Visit Virginia Beach
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
Explore More of Virginia Beach
If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.