The islands shelter much wildlife and in particular the Chincoteague Ponies, White-tailed deer, Sika elk, Red fox and more than 250 species of raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds, which hunt and forage for food in the adjacent bays and salt marshes. Beginning in mid-September migratory birds stop by on their way south. The forested Assateague Island and the Chincoteague Refuge provides habitat for millions of migrating songbirds. Winter brings migrating geese from the arctic. Beginning in late April through May sandpipers cover the beaches and the shallow tidal flats, fattening themselves up for their flight to arctic nesting grounds.
Discover the Romantic Chincoteague
James Michener romanticized Virginia’s Eastern Shore in Chesapeake, a fictional account of life in the area. Located on the Atlantic side of the peninsula, Chincoteague Island obtained worldwide recognition from Marguerite Henry’s acclaimed novel “Misty of Chincoteague”.
The quaint town of Chincoteague features numerous hotels, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast inns, and campgrounds that serve visitors who come to enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating and a variety of outdoor activities. The island also features many restaurants, ice cream parlors, miniature golf courses, and museums. A notable landmark is the Assateague Lighthouse constructed in 1833 standing 142 feet high and open to the public.
Explore Eastern Shore Virginia
The purpose of this website is to promote tourism and provide visitors and vacationers to Chincoteague Island information about places of interest, things to do, schedules of events, places to stay, and where to dine and shop. While Chincoteague is the favorite vacation spot on Virginia’s Eastern Shore region the whole area is filled with railroad towns, fishing villages and old-world charm. The Eastern Shore stretches 70 miles along the Atlantic Ocean Coast and Chesapeake Bay, offering many wonderful day trip destinations while enjoying your Vacation (see our section on day trips). It is hoped this website proves useful in planning and enjoying your next vacation, any suggestions on how we may improve this will be appreciated.