Virginia Beach Is For Romance

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Romance by the Shore

Virginia Beach is one of the best places in the country to celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to a new study by personal finance site Wallethub.


For its study, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated cities across four key dimensions: Budget, Activities, Gift Accessibility, and Weather Forecast.

Within these dimensions, WalletHub evaluated 25 relevant metrics, each weighted according to its significance. Metrics included factors such as the cost of a three-course meal for two, the prevalence of affordable 4.5+ star restaurants and Valentine gift opportunities, average movie-ticket and beverage prices, beauty-salon and massage costs, taxi-fare expenses, and the lowest price for a three-star hotel room.

Additionally, activities were assessed based on the number and diversity of restaurants and cafes per capita, the availability of attractions and nightlife options, walkability, and the share of romantic hotels. Gift accessibility was evaluated through metrics such as the presence of jewelry stores, florists, chocolate shops, greeting-card stores, gift shops, wellness and spa centers per capita, as well as the Google search index for “Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas.”

Finally, the Weather Forecast dimension considered the difference between forecasted and normal temperatures on Valentine’s Day and forecasted precipitation, with cities penalized if their forecasted temperature was colder than the holiday’s average or if significant precipitation was expected.


According to Wallethub, San Francisco is the premier city for Valentine’s Day celebrations, earning this prestigious title due to its top rankings across various categories.

With a budget ranking of 4, the city offers affordable options for romantic experiences, ensuring that couples can enjoy memorable moments without breaking the bank. Boasting the top spot in activities, San Francisco provides an abundance of attractions and entertainment options to suit every couple’s preferences, guaranteeing an exciting and fulfilling Valentine’s Day itinerary.

Additionally, the city’s high ranking of 7 in gift accessibility means that couples have easy access to a wide array of thoughtful and romantic gifts to express their love. Despite its lower ranking of 93 in the weather forecast category, San Francisco’s unique charm and diverse offerings make it the ultimate destination for a memorable and romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.

Virginia Beach is the 16th best city for Valentine’s Day celebrations. With a budget ranking of 7, the city provides affordable options for couples to enjoy romantic experiences without overspending. Despite its ranking of 44 in activities and 43 in gift accessibility, Virginia Beach offers a diverse range of attractions and ample opportunities for couples to find thoughtful gifts, ensuring an enjoyable and fulfilling Valentine’s Day celebration.

Additionally, with a weather forecast ranking of 55, the city provides a moderate climate, allowing couples to explore outdoor activities and enjoy their romantic getaway comfortably. Overall, Virginia Beach’s combination of affordability, attractions, gift options, and moderate weather makes it a charming destination for couples looking to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day.

Virginia Beach boasts a picturesque beachfront setting that sets the stage for romance. Couples can enjoy leisurely walks along the sandy shores, hand in hand, while soaking in the breathtaking ocean views. The serene ambiance of the beach provides an idyllic backdrop for romantic moments, whether it’s watching the sunset together or sharing a romantic picnic by the waves.

The city’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious, offering an array of dining options to suit every palate and preference. From upscale restaurants with waterfront views to cozy cafes tucked away in charming neighborhoods, Virginia Beach has something for every couple’s taste. Special Valentine’s Day menus and dining promotions add to the allure, making it easy for couples to indulge in a memorable dining experience.

In addition to its stunning beachfront, Virginia Beach offers a myriad of romantic activities and attractions for couples to enjoy. Couples can embark on a scenic boat tour, explore historic landmarks such as the Cape Henry Lighthouse, or pamper themselves with couples’ spa treatments. With so many options to choose from, couples are sure to create unforgettable memories together.

As the sun sets, Virginia Beach comes alive with vibrant nightlife and entertainment options. Couples can enjoy live music performances at local venues, sip cocktails at trendy bars, or dance the night away at romantic evening events. The city’s lively atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable night out with that special someone.

Virginia Beach offers a range of accommodation options, from luxurious beachfront resorts to intimate boutique inns, ensuring that couples can find the perfect place to stay for their Valentine’s Day getaway. Many hotels and resorts offer special packages and amenities designed to enhance the romantic experience, such as ocean-view rooms, spa services, and private balconies.

With an abundance of attractions, thoughtful gift options, and a moderate climate, Virginia Beach provides the perfect backdrop for creating cherished memories with your loved one. Whether you’re strolling hand in hand along the beachfront or enjoying a candlelit dinner overlooking the ocean, Virginia Beach promises an unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration filled with love, romance, and enchantment.


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