5 things to know when you visit Virginia Beach


King Neptune, a 34-foot-statue on 31st Street at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, is a popular photo backdrop for tourists and locals alike. (Jane Elizabeth/For The Washington Post)
May 30, 2013

Some suggestions from locals to make you feel like an insider:

1. Local custom: Watch the potty mouth. As indicated by the “no cursing” signs along the oceanfront’s main drag, loud profanity is a local violation and you could be fined.

2. Local word/phrase: Rockfish. Other people call it striped bass.

3. Worst leg of the trip from the D.C. region: Naturally, Interstate 95 between D.C. and Fredericksburg.

4. A souvenir you must take home with you: A photo of you hugging the 34-foot King Neptune statue at 31st Street on the boardwalk.

5. Food/drink to try: Seafood, obviously, but also consider The Orange Crush – a fresh- fruit-and-liquor drink that has a cult following and has even inspired a popular annual festival.

Related: Virginia Beach celebrating a new party this summer

—Jane Elizabeth

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