Let’s call it like it is, today is a hot, sticky, summer day here on Chincoteague Island. The temperature and humidity stand in sharp contrast to the unseasonably cool and breezy days we have experienced for much of the season. So now is the time to get wet! That’s right it’s time to enjoy Chincoteague from an aquatic perspective and you have numerous choices.
Swimming, of course, is the number one choice for Chincoteague vacationers, and the bath house close to the Toms Cove Visitor's Center provides toilet facilities, changing booths, showers to rinse off the sand, and even fresh drinking water if you swallow too much of the salty Atlantic!
Once you move out of range of the lifeguards, you can try your hand at surf fishing (the National Park Rangers at Toms Cove offer instructions in the art.) If the surf is up, trade in your rod and reel for a surfboard or bodyboard, which you'll be able to rent from any one of a number of Chincoteague water sports equipment providers. They are available in sizes for every surfer!
The summer sun shines bright on the shores of Assateague and Chincoteague, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan. When that gets old, why not rent a jet ski to explore Chincoteague's eastern shore or try your luck shell-seeking along Little Beach at Toms Cove?
Does jet skiing seem a bit too intrusive in such a pristine setting? Two of the most popular Chincoteague watersports are kayaking and canoeing. Kayak rentals are available right next to the surfboard rentals at Oyster Bay Outfitters in Chincoteague.
You can also book a guided kayak tour and get a close-up look not only at the Chincoteague Ponies, but at the Assateague Lighthouse and the dozens of waterfowl species which call the island's waterways home. If you're not experienced at paddling, relax. Instructions are included.
The most unforgettable Chincoteague watersports experience you could ask for (and one of the most unforgettable of your life), however, happens neither in nor on the water, but above it. Book a parasailing adventure, and see what millions of birds see each year from 400 to 800 feet above the Bay as they migrate down the Atlantic Flyway to nest at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
On Chincoteague, you're never far from the water, and that means you're never far from fun!
Now, go on out and make a splash!
Have a fabulous day!