I had very high hopes, pulling into the resort city of Virginia Beach for the first time. The weather was nice and my family was ready to get out of the car. We'd travelled from Charlotte, North Carolina and this was going to be our son Henry's first trip to the beach. Virginia Beach and Turtle Cay was recommended by a good friend and I researched it on the internet. Needless to say, it was a complete disaster.
We parked and before we started unpacking luggage an intoxicated college student yelled a profanity at my wife and exposed himself. I immediately flagged down a police officer and was told "Hey, these things happen." We were told that our room would not be ready until later in the day so we left our bags and strolled on the Boardwalk. The beach seemed very small and had dirty, gray sand - instead of yellow. My wife and I both noticed that the smell of fast food restaurants far outweighed the refreshing smell of the salt air you normally smell at the beach. My 7 year-old daughter was nearly run down by a roller-blader who yelled "tourists!' as she continued on her way.
Normally I would assume that the boardwalk is a festive place, but everyone seemed to be in a bored daze - shuffling about slowly. Seagulls were looking for food in open dumpsters and my wife saw a homeless man doing something unmentionable in broad daylight. The t-shirt shops along Atlantic Avenue fill their windows with vulgar hats and shirts. I had to explain to my daughter what "marijuana" and a "hangover" were. That was awkward.
We sought refuge in a nice looking seafood restaurant. Although it wasn't busy at all, no staff member greeted us. We finally took a seat and were told to move. It was a "special" seat for locals only. We were seated in the back of the restaurant, far from the ocean view and close to the hot kitchen. We ordered popcorn shrimp to nibble on. It took over an hour and when it came out - it was cold. My wife ordered a margarita and said it tasted like soap.
We reported back to Turle Cay and discovered our room had been rented to another family because, we didn't show up at the right time. I demanded to speak to the manager and was told to "Shut up". I lost my deposit and was told "better luck next summer".
The desk clerk permitted us to sleep in our car - as long as we were out of the parking lot by 7 A.M. We couldn't sleep because of all the drunken yelling and loud car stereos that echo through the night - I won't even tell you about the loud jets that fly over the city all day!
The next morning we left for the Outer Banks of North Carolina and had a much better time.
I'm sure that Virginia Beach is a nice place, but that place remained hidden during our time there. The people seemed very "snobbish" and the beach itself didn't seem to be in very good condition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Cay Hotel Virginia Beach
- Turtle Cay Virginia Beach
- Virginia Beach Turtle Cay