Chincoteague is an island located in Accomack County, Virginia. The town is known for its famous Chincoteague ponies. Although, these ponies are located nearby on Assateague Island. Chincoteague is just a few minutes from Assateague beach. Assateague is scenic – nature’s wildlife laced with natural beauty and breathtaking sights. The famous annual pony swim and roundup occurs in late July – you might want to plan your visit around that time. From the national wildlife refuge to pony watching, from bird watching to relaxing on the beach under the sun – Chincoteague and its neighbor, Assateague Island, are very much worth your visit any time of the year.
Go pony watching: They are everywhere so you can definitely see them as you walk, drive or bike around the refuge, but nothing beats the feeling of getting up-close. This you can achieve by visiting the parts of the wildlife refuge not open to the public. Signing up for a private tour gives you the opportunity to learn so much about ponies and wildlife in general.
Beaches: Assateague Island is a short distance away and is easily accessible by car, bike or foot – via the trail that links both islands. The two Assateague beaches are among the best in the mid-Atlantic region. For the record, there are tons of things to do on these popular beaches.
Explore the bays and the salt marsh: Using a watercraft to wander should allow you see both the Chincoteague and Assateague shorelines. On one side of the island, you can collect shells and meet fiddler crabs on some of the small islands between Chincoteague and the mainland.
Go Crab Hunting: The water around Chincoteague is rich with sea life. You don't need anything fancy to "catch you dinner”. You can easily get your fishing gear from one of the island's fishing shops or hardware stores. Armed with a bucket, net, and a kit containing strings, a bait clip, and frozen chicken necks as your bait – you might not have to pay for dinner after all.
Get in the ice cream tradition: It seems like a silent tradition; no visit to Chincoteague is complete without the island creamery treat – which boasts some of the best homemade ice cream in Virginia and perhaps, in the world.
Chincoteague Beach Houses, Condos & Other Rentals
Chincoteague is a safe haven for a family vacation. The experience is made complete with a cozy vacation rental that will make you feel right at home. Vacation home rentals provide a sense of belonging and comfort for guests as opposed to the environment of a hotel. If you’re going to be engaging in beach activities, a waterfront vacation rental would definitely be worthwhile. Go romantic with one of the Victorian mansions in one of the smaller island communities. HomeEscape offers a variety of affordable vacation rentals in Cincotague Island, VA. Contact owners directly to book the perfect vacation rental for your trip.