Bikinis & Boardwalks: Virginia Beach & Santa Cruz

Get wet and wild at 2 amazing summer hot spots -- the beach boardwalks in Virginia Beach, VA, and Santa Cruz, CA.

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San Diego
San Diego

San Diego

Board sports are a way of life in San Diego, and paddleboarding is just one of the many ways Mission Beach locals hit the waves. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

The boardwalk dates back to 1925, when millionaire developer John D. Spreckels founded Mission Beach. His dream was to build a beachside playground, so he started with an amusement park, now called Belmont Park. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

Just 16 miles from the Mexican border, San Diego is the southernmost metropolitan city in California. It’s got great weather, waves and babes all year long. 960 1280

  

Mission Beach’s Wave House

Mission Beach’s Wave House

The manmade monsters at Mission Beach’s Wave House are created with the help of the FlowBarrel -- the mother of all wave machines, it’s one of only 5 in the world. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

Hot fun in the summer sun never ends in San Diego -- it’s the coolest surfer’s paradise in the US. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego’s wooden boardwalk connects Mission Beach with Pacific Beach to the north. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

One 5-hour flight to the East Coast is another simmering locale … the action sport mecca of Ocean City, MD. In the summertime, warm Atlantic currents transform this hotspot into the ultimate thrill fest. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD, or “OCMD” for short, sits between the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and the boardwalk here is a thriving 2-and-a-half mile adventure-seekers’ paradise. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

Fisher's Popcorn is an Ocean City, MD, staple. They have been filling the boardwalk air with the scent of hot, buttery, caramel-covered popcorn since 1937. 960 1280

  

Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark

Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark

The Aqualoop at Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark is a near-vertical water-fueled drop that morphs into an incline loop. It’s one of only 3 of its kind in the US. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

It’s hard to miss Ocean Gallery on the Ocean City, MD, boardwalk. Visitors from all over stop by to peruse its unique works of art. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

No trip to the boardwalk is complete without an ice cream cone, so step back in time at one of Dumser's Dairyland’s 3 boardwalk locations in Ocean City, MD -- serving delicious treats since 1939. 960 1280

  


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