Everything you need to know to have a successful trip to Virginia Beach, Va.
Best time to visit: While Virginia Beach is idyllic during beach season, winter is optimal for smaller crowds, whale watching and horseback riding along the deserted sands.
Worst time to visit: Spring break season, when throngs of students swarm the streets. Nights, especially, are often rowdy, so not the best time for a family getaway here.
Beach rules: No fires, glass containers, alcoholic beverages on the beach. No picnicking on sand dunes. No pets on public beaches or boardwalk from Memorial Day to Labor Day. No surfing outside designated...