We drove to VA beach for the first time this weekend, and spent a fun Saturday at the beach. It was about a 3 hour drive, which wasn't too bad, and we stayed in a hotel on base that was right on the water. And since summer is offically over (school started last week) we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. There were just a handful of people there. It was awesome. The water was about 85 degrees- the same temperature as the air. (Which is a LOT warmer than the Pacific Ocean temperatures that we're used to)
Leo loved digging in the sand, running up and down the beach, and jumping into the waves. He was covered in sand from head to toe, and loving every minute of it. We spent the morning on the beach, then had a nap in the hotel. After that we drove a few miles to the touristy part of town, and walked along the boardwalk. We ate some overpriced seafood, had some ice cream that was melting faster than we could eat it, browsed some shops full of chotskies, and saw tourists from around the world.
Then it was back to the hotel, and some more beach time with Leo. He absolutely loves the beach. (That's my boy!) As we drove home Sunday morning he kept saying "I want to go to beach. I want to go to hotel."