Finding good-times is one-part knowing where to look, and two-parts bringing the party yourself. When a friend suggested I head out on a fishing trip with one of her hot angler acquaintances my only thought was, Ten bucks says this afternoon ends up with me taking off my top. I was not wrong.
Within an hour I was indeed topless and reeling in the catch of the day, with a mixed drink on one hand, and fishing pole in the other. Before the sun set, despite several margaritas, one thought was clearer than the water we were cruising: It was time to find the best hot-spots for anglers and their friends. A tip led me to The Marina at Marina Shores, a boater’s paradise in Virginia Beach described as a “Premier Lifestyle Marina.” I was hooked. Pun intended.
The marina is located on Long Creek just off the Lynnhaven Inlet, and minutes from the Boardwalk on Virginia Beach, so even if you’re without a boat, you should point your sails this way.
Restaurants, Rum, and Relaxation
Hungry water-lovers at The Marina at Marina Shores can start the day off right at 757 Crave with a Red Velvet Belgian Waffle and a mimosa, enjoyed al fresco with a view of the boats floating by. Continue the party into the afternoon by playing barfly at Surf Rider steakhouse until you feel like you’re floating yourself (whether or not your feet are on a deck). If you need to sober up, I highly recommend their famous crab cakes for lunch.
Relaxing is a must when you’re in seaside food-heaven, and the marina’s Pool Club doesn’t require you to buy a boat in order to recline in the water – just a membership.
Invite yourself onto the tanning deck, where drinking in rays of sunshine is required (but full-covered clothing is not). All new patio furniture in coral, daffodil and sea-blue brighten the area surrounding the large pool, which overlooks the Marina. Watch people busy on their boats while you practice the art of doing nothing with your gal-pals, or make conversation with a good-looking pool-goer over a piece of literature you picked up from the on-site book-swap library.
When it’s time to put the books down and get wet, the large pool offers several depths – the deep water covers long enough stretches for lap swimming should you want to show off your breast stroke, and the shallow area encourages wearing a floppy sun hat and shades while cooling off with gossip.
All in all, The Marina at Marina Shores is the sort of place I’d want to gather my girlfriends for weekend sunsets on a handsome captain’s boat with a bottle of wine, and endless afternoons on the pool deck with adult beverages on standby. Virginia Beach is known for resorts, which means tourists…which means partying 24/7. Hit the Marina during the day, and the town at night. Just don’t forget to bring the party with you, wherever you go.
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