Of course, we want everyone to visit our beautiful island; Chincoteague will appeal to every member of your family, regardless of individual interests. However, some travelers will appreciate our island more than others, and some may find our location a bit more accessible. If you fall into any of the following categories (and—trust us—we’re sure you will), a Chincoteague Island vacation will be a perfect fit!


History Buffs— History buffs will enjoy our island’s interesting story. Chincoteague was first settled in the late seventeenth century; Daniel Jenifer, an English landowner, received the island’s first land grant in 1650. By 1838, there were 36 houses on the island. We had a brief brush with the American Civil War, and we house two beautiful places on the National Register of Historic Places. Though much of our historic buildings were washed away in a devastating nor’easter, our history museum is home to hundreds of interesting and peculiar local artifacts.


Beach Bums—Our island has several miles of beautiful shoreline just waiting for your beach chair! One of our most gorgeous beaches is found at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge; with white sands, shallow waters, and a warm breeze, we have everything a beach-lover will need. Managed by the National Park Service, the recreational beach is equipped with interpretive facilities and programs for those wanting to learn more about the sands they will come to love.


Adventurers— A Virginian Island might not sound like a felicitous vacation destination for adventure loves, but you will be pleasantly surprised. Whether you’re used to African safaris or weeks’-long backpacking trips, Chincoteague Island will have something to keep your adventurous outlook satisfied. Out wealth of wildlife and outdoor recreation activities makes us a perfect spot for sightseeing, hiking, and bird watching.


Locals— Chincoteague Island is a great destination for vacationers worldwide. However, we provide an escape for those wanting a quick weekend trip to a tranquil setting. Just a few hours’ drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond, we are a great destination for fellow Mid-Atlantic dwellers. Coming from farther south? Route 13 runs from the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area through Kiptopeke via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.



  1. Yes! Chincoteague is for everyone! It’s one of the only vacation spots my family can ever agree on, to be honest. Glad to have it right in our backyard.

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