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Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads area in the
Commonwealth of Virginia, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the most populous city in Virginia and the 41st largest city in the United States,
with an estimated population of 435,619 in 2006.
Virginia Beach is the easternmost of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads that make up the core
of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA.
This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake,
Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities,
counties and towns of Hampton Roads.
Virginia Beach is best known as a resort, with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and
restaurants along its oceanfront.
Every year it is host to the East Coast Surfing Championship as well as the North American Sand Soccer
Championship that attracts teams from around the world.
It is also home to several state parks, several long protected beach areas, three military bases,
a number of large corporations, two universities, and historic sites.
Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the
first landing of the English colonists bound for Jamestown on April 26, 1607.
The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world.
It is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel
complex in the world.
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