I lived in the Hampton Roads area for 11 years while I was in the Navy. It was a bit of a culture shock, since I grew up in a small rural town in Maine with 900 people. The weather was very different than Maine, but it was snice not having 7 months of winter.
The area has relatively low crime compared to the rest of the U.S. The worst area of town was/is Green Run. There has been a little surge in violent crime near the oceanfront, but it seems to be isolated incidents that are maybe gang driven from the areas outside of the beach.
There is a ton of stuff to do in the area.
There are numerous salt water and fresh water recreational opportunities. Whether you just want to fish, swim/dive, surf, parasail, or relax on the beach, it is there.
There is a good number of cultural things like the marine science museum/aquarium, Nautilus, the USS Wisconsin, etc. There is also all of the historical aspects of VB and the Read More