Virginia Beach Tempts Festival-Lovers with Sights, Flavors and Sounds of the World

Virginia Beach Tempts Festival-Lovers with Sights, Flavors and Sounds of the World

Discover a celebration of heritage at this premier resort city


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Virginia Beach, VA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 28, 2004–A mysterious rhythm can be heard over crashing waves. The smell of exotic flavors mixes with the salty ocean breezes, making the stomach howl with hunger. Visitors know – it’s festival season in Virginia Beach! With celebrations honoring arts and cultures of the world, visitors are treated to a one-stop tour of the globe at this East Coast resort city.

In Virginia Beach, days are filled with kayaking, sport fishing, golf and basking in the sun’s warmth. And the nights? They are alive with the sounds of Latin music festivals and Caribbean extravaganzas floating on the seductively warm night breezes.

Celebrating Cultural Arts and Heritage

The second-annual PANorama Caribbean Music Festival, presented May 7-9, 2004, is pleased to welcome “man of steel” and Trinidad native, Ray Holman, to this year’s festival – a musical tribute to Afro-Caribbean and Latin cultures.

Shake your groove-thing to the beats of salsa, mambo and merengue tunes. Virginia Beach’s very own “Calle Ocho” will be headlining the annual Latin Festival on June 4-6, 2004, mesmerizing festival-goers with an explosion of color and sounds.

Against the rhythmic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, music lovers will explore the African origins of today’s diversified music genres. The second annual Soul Music Beach Festival, scheduled for August 28-29, 2004, is guaranteed to tantalize the musical soul in us all.

The Great Outdoors

Those who desire to stay active while vacationing will find plenty of opportunities in Virginia Beach, such as biking, kayaking and hiking. For adventure seekers looking to reel in the big one, sport fishing charters depart from Virginia Beach’s two inlets – the Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets. The new Virginia Beach skate park is also a favorite among the kids.

For families, Virginia Beach boasts a number of entertaining and diverse attractions. Charter a whale-watching or dolphin-watching trip to investigate the mysteries of the deep. Whale-watching adventures are available through March 14 and dolphin-watching trips are available from April to September. Or, become an expert in marine science at one of the nation’s Top 10 most-visited science centers, the Virginia Marine Science Museum (VMSM) – home to more than 350 interactive exhibits with displays of sea turtles, river otters, harbor seals, rays and sharks, and a half-acre outdoor aviary.

Virginia Beach entices visitors to “Live the Life” every season of the year! Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Virginia Beach is four hours southeast of Washington, D.C. by car and within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. For visitor information, call 1-800-VA-BEACH (800/822-3224) or visit the Web sites http://www.vbfun.com and http://www.beacheventsfun.com. For media information and digital images, click on http://www.vbpressroom.com.

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CONTACT:

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hester Waterfield

757-437-4700

or

BCF&M

Jared Myers

757-497-4811

Virginia Beach Tempts Festival-Lovers with Sights, Flavors and Sounds of the World