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I have moved all my tips on Chincoteague Island except the hotel tip to Chincoteague (the town) or under Assateague Island which is partly in Maryland and partly in Virginia. From Chincoteague you can access the Virginia part of the Wildlife Reserve, and National Seashore. The Lighthouse and the ponies are there too
Updated Sep 19, 2011
This was the best thing we have ever done in Chincoteague and we have been visiting the island for over 16 years. 5 boating trips to chose from for families and couples. It is interactive, learn how to clam, crab, etc. get stories from locals and really feel apart of the island and nature.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Chincoteague Island, Landmark Plaza
For admission prices and hours of operation on Assateague Island, go to http://www.assateagueisland.com/island_info/assateague_info.htm
If you go to Chincoteague, you WILL SEE ponies...somewhere. There are at least two different places where you can actually touch them. Both are in town, on Chincoteague Island. One is next to the Mc Donald's and the other is a souvineer shop around the corner from there where two are kept in a corral out front. Those by the Mickey D's are open corrals where different ponies can just wander up, and wander up they do, because you can put a quarter into the machine and get some feed corn out and feed them. I've got several pics on my blog, as well as names of all the places I could scribble down as we drove past, to stay. I was visiting relative down south and they drove us to the islands for a long tour. There's an interesting old slave shack there, which is pictured on my blog, and nice bay-side rental houses, too. For a tiny little island, there was a lot to see and do. My blog is located at http://nxpense.blogspot.com
Hope this helps! I can't wait to go back!!!
Updated May 29, 2010
Address: Assateague and Chincoteague Islands
I love renting a boat and seeing the ponies in their remote habitat.I am a full time photo journalist and love the upclose and personal experiences I have had sight-seeing in Chincoteague.When you rent a boat you are able to see the islands and all their glory.The scene changes every second and I don't like to miss anything.
Written Feb 1, 2010
Assateague Island National Seashore consists of beaches, dunes, forest, marshes, and bays. It is surrounded by the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the shallow waters of Chincoteague Bay to the north. Wild horses and birds are among many kinds of island wildlife and the annual Chincoteague wild horse round-up each July is one of the most popular and exciting events on the Delmarva Peninsula. "Saltwater cowboys" round the ponies up on Assateague Island. The ponies then swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island. After they rest awhile, they are again herded down Main Street to the Pony Pens, where they stay until they are auctioned. This is the closest that I have ever felt to Texas on the east coast of the USA.
Although Chincoteague is best known for its wild horses, many visitors enjoy camping, hiking, bicycling, and just playing in the surf. It is a very primitive, undeveloped island so visitors must look to nearby communities, such as the community of Chincoteague Island, for lodging, restaurants, and most other services. Assateague's visitor centers are the best places to get maps for orientation and to talk to naturalists about wildlife and other recreational opportunities.
Written Feb 24, 2009
Phone: (757) 336-6577
When you are in the mood for something a little different, be sure and check out the Sea Shell Café. On Maddox Boulevard just before the entrance to the Refuge, the Sea Shell has sandwiches, salads and pastas In the evening the dinners are great. A bit different than the standard menu found elsewhere on the island.
Favorite Dish: Crab and Shrimp Martini appetizer
The freshly made desserts
Written Aug 27, 2008
Address: 7085 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague
Snug Harbor sits along Assateague Island.Its a place where time stands still.I dream about living on Chincoteague Island one day and Snug Harbor is the perfect location for a vacation while I wait for that retirement.The Snug Harbor cottages are very modest with the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in....but when you are on Chincoteague Island you won't be sleeping there is too much to do.I love waking up to the souds of the gulls flying by and the water gently brushing along the shoreline.Then jumping in my kayak and exploring the islands all day long to end back at Snug Harbor as the sun sets sipping my wine along the waters edge.Now that is a vacation!.
Written Feb 1, 2010
Favorite thing: This is one of the most beautiful places ive been to. Its off the beaten path but well worth the trip. If anyone has read about misty the horse from Chincoteague Islad then you know a bit about the place. Every year they have the annual pony swim, where the ponies swim from asateague island to chincoteague island. it is the town claim to fame. the fest is the end of july and the "saltwater" cowboys round up the ponies when they cross the water. a lot of ponies roam the island, and you also may see the wild ones in the refuge. what they didnt tell us was that there it a small area of ponies that are fenced in so your guaranteed to get a glimpse of the famous chincoteague ponies! they are the most beautifl ones youve ever seen!
Fondest memory: Being able to see a wild pony of my own, too bad it went by to fast for me to get a picture of!
Written Oct 2, 2004