Chincoteague Island is a 7 mile stretch of natural beauty, coastal charm, and Southern down-home hospitality on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Thousands of visitor’s from around the world vacation in this small paradise that’s big in tradition, an abundance of natural charm and an atmosphere of romance
If you decide to take a page from their travel itineraries, you'll soon understand how easy it is to succumb to the spell of Chincoteague Island. That same spell has captivated the Chincoteague colony of artists, who do their best to capture the spirit and substance of life on their beloved island in paint, sculpture, glass, metal, and wood and of course carve decoys.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia can be your stepping stone to the undeveloped wilds of Assateague Island, the 37-mile barrier island to its east which for millennia has protected Chincoteague from the worst of the Atlantic's legendary gales. Assateague is where you'll find the world-famous ponies of Chincoteague running free.
The Chincoteague ponies, spend their days happily grazing and sunning in and along the marshes, forests, and beaches of the Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge at the southern end of Assateague. This all changes when they are rousted for the Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim. They share their territory with over three hundred different migratory bird species which make Chincoteague and Assateague the best bird-watching haunts on the East coast.. Bring your binoculars for a truly unforgettable Chincoteague Birding Adventure.
You won't understand why the ancient Algonquin Indians named Chincoteague "The Beautiful Land across the Waters" until you've witnessed the sun setting across its marshes or stood on the Assateague shore at dawn as the Atlantic waves tumble along the pristine sands. Spend as much time as you like exploring the solitude of Assateague's protected waterways by kayak, canoe, or nature cruise. Cast your line from a deep sea charter for marlin and other great gamefish, or dig for a supper of legendary Chincoteague "Lil Nik" clams.
Step into the Eastern Shore of yesteryear by reserving your accommodations at one of Chinctcoteague’s exceptional 19th century bed and breakfasts, one of which was built before the Chincoteague Islanders displayed their characteristic independence by remaining loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Drift off to sleep and awaken again to the gentle whispers of the surf and the island breezes, and start your day's adventure with a breakfast of mouthwatering Southern delicacies. A Chincoteague Island Vacation is best enjoyed with a full stomach.
Chincoteague Island boasts a full array of Chincoteague Hotels from Big Name players like the Hilton, The Comfort Suites, The Waterside Inn, the Island Motor Resort and of course the Refuge Inn. Perfect for a romantic getaways or a full- blown Chincoteague Island Vacation, these big players stay open year-round. Many of the smaller hotels, motels, cabins and campgrounds are available year round as well. Any season of the year is the perfect time for a memorable Chincoteague Island Vacation.
Take time to mingle with the local artisans and shopkeepers. View the ceiling mural at wood carver Jay Cherrix Sistine Shed, as well as his life-size sculpture of a Chincoteague pony foal. Get up close and personal with Chincoteague's marine life at the Island Aquarium where the touch tank will give you a hands-on introduction to both fish and shellfish.
Plan your Chincoteague Island Vacation to coincide with the 2ndSaturday Stroll, a Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Event, or one of the many festivals like the Chincoteague, Daffodil Festival, the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival, Chincoteague Bike Week, the Chili- Chowder Cook Off, the Oyster Festival and many others.
Experience seafood in a different way by lunching on clam chowder or crab cakes at one of Chincoteague's several outstanding seafood restaurants.
Follow lunch by crossing to Assateague Island on a rented bike for some wildlife viewing on the Wildlife Refuge's loops.
Put the perfect ending on your day in Paradise by boarding Captain Barry's champagne evening cruise. You'll be entertained with the Captain's encyclopedic knowledge of Chincoteague history and enchanted by the sight of the sun setting on Chincoteague Bay!
All in all, Chincoteague Island is loaded with all of the ingredients for a truly unforgettable Chincoteague Island Vacation.
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