“Opening Weekend” at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton

Warmer weather has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to enjoy great music by the bay? Friday, May 4th Slapnation will kick off Opening Weekend at Paradise Ocean Club.

Slapnation will take the stage at 6:30pm and rock the beach until 10:30pm. This highly popular band features nine of the most talented musicians around. You’ll enjoy an incredible four piece rhythm section, a three piece horn section and two outstanding vocalists.

Saturday, the celebration continues with a Cinco de Mayo party featuring live music. Brian Sewell will perform from 12pm-3pm and Aaron Firestone will take the stage from 3pm-7pm. Sunday, enjoy live music by Kevin Brinson and Snackbar Jones.

Paradise Ocean Club is your one-stop destination for summer fun and relaxation. The beach club offers full service catering, a private beach, Olympic-size pool, Tiki Bar, cabanas, a fast-serve food bar and a massive stage for local and national music.

Private cabanas are available for rent Monday-Friday (except Holidays) for $100. Weekend rentals are $250. Annual family memberships are available for $500 and single annual memberships are $250. Daily entry is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 18 and under. Membership discounts are offered for Fort Monroe residents and retired or active-duty military.

For detailed info on all of the summer fun, click here.

“Preview Party at Paradise Ocean Club”

Mark your calendars now for the most anticipated preview party of the year! Sunday, April 29th, grab all of your friends and head out to Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton.

Enjoy outstanding views all around, great customer service and live music. The Deloreans will take the stage from 3-7pm. The beach club will officially open for the season Friday, May 4th at 11am with live music by Slapnation at 6.30pm.

The Deloreans are well-known for their energetic performances and stellar 80’s gear. This event is from 12-7pm

For more info, click here.

Inside Look: Bell Isle Marina in Hampton

So, you’ve heard of Open Mic Night, now how about Open Boat Night? The fine folks at Bell Isle Marina have partnered with the preferred charter, ‘Fightin’ Time’ to bring Thursday evening charter tours.

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the marina and took a tour of the grounds. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large, private beach, a charming family-friendly area with several grills, picnic tables and tents along with an incredibly kind staff. There are beach chairs available for use, a snack bar onsite, and a 60 ft aqua lily pad to play on!

The marina provides the option to rent SUP paddle boards, paddle boats, sea-cycles, hydrobikes, and kayaks by the hour. Bell Isle features a growler-filling station with Larry’s Lemonade, and a few other options from Bull Island and Smart Mouth.

This is also the only local marina that allows month-to-month boat slips. Membership options are $250/year for the first person in the household, then $50 for additional. You can also just visit for a day for a fee of $25.

The Thursday night ‘Open Boat’ charter was so much fun. It would be great for a girls night, family fishing trip, or just to cruise. With a party of 6 people, the Captain will completely accommodate you. We did a little fishing, and we did a little cruisin’. You can also bring your own food and drinks on board. You’ll enjoy 4 hours on the water with Bell Isle Crew and Captain Mac Firth for only $60 per person.

The boat departs at 5pm sharp. You must arrive early to get signed in. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the marina store and the boat will provide water, coolers and chairs.

For detailed info and to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Paint Night and Social” at Bell Isle

If you’re like us, you’re probably sitting at your desk right now contemplating your upcoming weekend festivities. If so, be sure to include Bell Isle for this Saturday, July 15th. The Beach Club and Marina will host ‘Paint Night with Gary Fig’. The painting project will be a Bell Isle Sunset on Driftwood. There will also be a ‘social’ that evening featuring an art show, food, music, and wine.

Enjoy the beautiful views and try your hand at painting (with wine). Ticket prices are as follows: Marina members and boat owners $15; guest $45. Tickets include all paint supplies, instructions, wine, and snacks from 6-9pm. Non-painters may also attend to enjoy the music, food, and social event on the isle. Guest fee is $10 (paid at office upon arrival).

Tickets are required and can be purchased online at bellislemarinava.