Chincoteague Travel Guide
After the first 45 foot-high brick tower proved inadequate, the current 142 foot tall Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867. It is an"early classic" round brick tower with lantern and gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lantern roof is black. A natural...
If you are primarily interested in the ponies, there is a Virginia herd and there is another group of ponies in Maryland. We weren't really looking for the ponies and we didn't see any. I tried to find where the visitor's center was on the Virginia side (there is no...
This is a perfect area to rent a kayak and explore the flora and fauna around the Islands. You can either get guided tours or get adventurous and go self guided. Assateague Explorer Kayak Tours & Rentals7512 East Side Rd. Chincoteague VA Phone: 757-336-5956Capt. Bob's...
Assateague Island is divided between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Assateague Island National Seashore encompasses the entire island and adjacent bay areas from the Ocean City, Maryland inlet to Fishing Point on Toms Cove Hook in VirginiaNational Seashores do not...
Walkin', Yes indeed I'm Walkin'
We were a bit pressed for time the day we visited Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Jill showed us around the town and then we went out to Assateague Island and took a walk along the beach.There are three major public areas of Assateague Island: : Assateague Island...
McDonalds: Lighthouse view
There is a McDonalds in Chincoteague. You need not be afraid that you will be without your hamburger and fries fix.But we didn't eat there. I had been told that the back of the McDonald's parking lot was a good spot to view the lighthouse. And it was.
Famous Pizza & Sub Shoppe: Near the Wildlife Refuge Entrance
When we got to the motel, I had an upset digestive tract and kept having to go into the bathroom to 'meditate', so we took advantage of the free snack supper at the hotel and did not go out to eat.There are at least three pizza places in town - the Famous Subs and Pizza that...
Under constructionTake U.S. 50 East across the Bay Bridge and south to Salisbury, MD, pick up U.S. 13 South and then Route 175 east to Chincoteague Island. A new 3/4-mile (4,035-foot) bridge has been built over Black Narrows and Lewis Creek Channel. The bridge provides...
Shop on the water: Great little shops
There are little shops every where on this island and many on the items for sale will be from the island craftsman or artist. Prices in the shops are good, not going to eat your fun money away, unless you buy it all! No matter where we went, every one was very nice and...
Purple Pony Shirt Company: T-shirts, Hats and more
The Purple Pony offers quality T-shirts, caps, clothing and posters and of course ponies. The art work all has a local flavor. The art work runs from fun and frivolous to sensational and serious. There is something for everyone.This is a store you must see.
The United We...
I'm not talking about the beautiful waves on our gorgeous beach. I'm talking a friendly wave of the hand whilst driving.Locals all wave to each other even if we dont know who it is we are waving to. Not great big over zealous shaking of hand, more a gentle Hi there.
SALT WATER COWBOYS
The Chincoteague Saltwater Cowboys are a unique breed. Each year they round up the famous Chincoteague wild ponies. When they are not busy with the pony penning they still lead intersesting all American lives. Most are firefighters, many are seaman, some are ferriers.These...
Not just steps
Although one might expect that the lighthouse itself would not be handicapped accessible - after all the design of the thing means that there will usually be many steps to get to the top. Even the Sullivan's Island lighthouse which is the only one with an elevator has an...
No Ponies Here
There are no wild ponies on Chincoteague Island. The only time there are ponies here is after the Pony Swim. At “slack tide” on the last Wednesday of every July, Chincoteague’s “Saltwater Cowboys” herd about 150 ponies across the Assateague Channel to move them from...
Snug Harbor-misleading advertising!
Snug Harbor Cottages and marina is where we stayed on our vacation in 2007. This place's website and advertising couldn't be more misleading. Promising you clean and affordable accommodations in their "villas". What a joke! The cabins ( which is what they are) are not clean, not comfortable and the people who work Snug Harbor are not accommodating or particularly nice for that matter. I personally am going to spend a bit more money and stay at Hampton Suites and have a real vacation this year instead of a lousy one!
Written Mar 21, 2008
Beautiful Land Across the Water
Depending on what time of year you visit you will need a wind breaker and good walking shoes. If it is late Fall or Winter you will need a heavy coat, hat and gloves. Spring and Early Fall a medium weight jacket will do. Summer you can be in shirtsleeves, lightweight...
The quiet parts of Assateague
You have to be prepared to hike across sand and pack everything (including water) in, but the back country camping is great if you don't mind sharing sites with people. Like-minded people, but still. Maryland section only, but towards Virginia.
NASA & NOAA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is located on Wallops Island, VA. It is a very short distance from Chincoteague so I am putting it here so I can keep things in a condensed fashion.The center operates high technical rocket programs and tracks the Space...
Charter a boat
Go fishing for the day, Plenty of charter boats available, go to web site below for more details. If your fishing from the beach there is no license required, or if on a charter boat. So please check before you go. Prices for licenses are listed below, children under 16,...
Some people come to Chincoteague to see the wild ponies. Some people come for the beach and the National Seashore. We came to take photos of the lighthouse. Unfortunately we were too early in the season for tours. So we went on our own.
You can even see the lighthouse from...
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