• Beach Access for the Disabled Access via ramps for the disabled are located at every beach access from 1st to 58th Streets. Wooden ramps that extend all the way to the water's edge are located at 8th and 17th streets. Handicap-accessible wooden walkways that extend from the boardwalk to the water are located at 8th, 17th, 24th, and 30th Streets. Designated disabled on-street parking is at Rudee Loop, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 37th and 38th Streets. Designated disabled off-street parking is available at all municipal parking lots.
  • Wheelchairs   This was a pilot program last summer that may be unavailable. Virginia Beach offers the use of two all-terrain wheelchairs at the oceanfront free of charge as a pilot program to persons with disabilities. The all-terrain wheelchairs are available for as much as a half-day from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The chairs are on loan at the 17th and 24th street rental locations at the oceanfront. For more information on using the all-terrain wheelchairs at the oceanfront, please call the Department of General Services at 427-4567.
  • Hotel Suggestions  Ramada on the Beach which is at 7th and Oceanfront is good for disabled tourists, Quality Inn and Suites Oceanfront are also good.  If you can go a couple of blocks either way at 8th, 17th, 24th or 30th where those wooden ramps onto the sand are located there are several places to choose from.  The ramp at 7th off the boardwalk to the wooden pathway on the sand is handy even if you don't use a chair and just have difficulty walking.  The Ramada on the Beach has a rear door, key activated, off the boardwalk.  The door doesn't open automatically, though, if this is an issue, but there's usually someone else coming or going or the bike rental girl sitting by the door.   Coming in the front, arriving by car, there is free valet parking which makes it a little easier just to get out and have someone else park the car.  It is free for hotel guests.
  • Restaurant Suggestions   The Ramada on the Beach's restaurant, Mahi Mahi's is great for lunch.  The important thing is why.  It's easy to wheel into the best section, the outdoor dining area with the wonderful oceanfront view.  Food is great and prices are very reasonable, especially for their special.   Making it easier for those with a disability, if you come by car they valet park.
  • Across the street and down half a block is Black Angus...great steak that people come from all over for and line up early...so go early!...and there's usually a coupon in those coupon books.  
  • Waterman's is fabulous in the other direction and on the ocean. They have an elevator from the parking lot to the restaurant, which is perfect for a wheelchair or other device.
  • Across the street from Ramada on the Beach is a Blimpies/Krispie Kreme/Haagen Daz.
  • Entertainment Ideas   There's free entertainment at the 7th Steet gazebo stage nightly in the summer....and at 17th St and 24th St. stages.  You can get a room a few floors up overlooking the tournaments the beach ahs throughout the summer...and the many concerts, some big names; the surfing championship, volleyball, etc.  The music from the 7th Street stage will carry nicely to rooms near the 7th Street end so you can listen from your balcony if you like.