As your group winds across the 5-mile causeway to this secluded little paradise island, it is clear to see why Chincoteague Island is called “Beautiful Land Across the Water.” The vibrant colors of each season and the unique sounds of over 300 species of birds and wetlands waterfowl welcome weary travelers into a peaceful village where everything moves at a more relaxed pace. Southern hospitality awaits in a land miles away from ordinary. As the marshland gives way to the Atlantic Ocean, you find yourself in nature’s playground.
Chincoteague Island is world-renowned for its 97-year history of the wild pony roundup, swim, and auction. It’s also widely known for its natural wonders like miles of nature trails and waterways to explore by kayak, paddleboard, or chartered cruise; breathtaking sunrises and sunsets; fishing and crabbing hot spots; and of course, sunny beaches. From the island, groups can view rocket launches, scheduled throughout the year from nearby NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, which fulfill deep space missions and conduct scientific research.
Drive, bike, or walk from Chincoteague Island to Assateague Island, Virginia—home of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore. Hike or bike nature trails while searching for wildlife, like the world-famous Chincoteague Ponies and migratory birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway in the spring and fall. Visit the majestic, striped Assateague Lighthouse that overlooks the natural and pristine beaches. The shore offers hours of enjoyment along the Atlantic Ocean as groups surf, swim, surf fish, and beachcomb. Outdoor adventures and tranquil relaxation can all be found here.
The abundant blue crabs and oyster and clam shoals that surround Chincoteague Island make fresh seafood a favored fare year-round. The catch of the day from local waters can be rockfish, flounder, drum, shark, or tuna depending on the season. Eat for dinner what was living in the water just a few hours earlier.
Unique galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops provide retail therapy while museums and walking tours offer a glimpse into the island’s rich history. Carefully crafted itineraries and self-guided tours await enjoyment. Plus, a variety of wonderful accommodations promise the perfect space to rest and rejuvenate, so more memories can be made once the sun rises.
Experience the history, legend, and natural beauty of this serene fishing village located on Virginia’s shore. This small island will take you away to another time—a time where the pace is slower, the fun is simpler, and the memories are priceless. Plan your group getaway at visitciva.com.
Wild ponies on Chincoteague Island
Credit: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce