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While rental cars are available from a selection of major companies at the nearby Norfolk International Airport , most visitors will find that having a car is unnecessary and more trouble than it’s worth, especially those staying at one of the oceanfront hotels on Atlantic Ave. or Pacific Ave. Street parking is limited and metered, and most spots have a three-hour time limit. Most hotels offer free lot parking for their guests only. Evening traffic along Atlantic Ave. can be heavy and walking is typically quicker and less of a hassle. Local shops and restaurants, as well as the beach, are all within walking distance of just about any hotel on Atlantic or Pacific Ave.
For those looking to explore other city attractions beyond the boardwalk, the VB Wave trolley is available, offering regular and convenient service to points of interest such as the Marine Science Center and the Shops at Hilltop .
However, one benefit of having a car is the ability to get to some of the more secluded sections of beach, north of 60th St. on Atlantic Ave. and Ocean Front Ave. Because of the distance from the hotel area, you’re more likely to avoid beach crowds and enjoy a stretch of your own by making the drive up to this area. Street parking and public beach access paths are available, but visitors should heed signs designating some streets and paths as private.
If you decide you need to hire a taxi, you will need to call for a taxi rather than flag one down on the street like in New York City. You can ask at your hotel for assistance.