Chincoteague, VA

Travel Guide
Chincoteague which includes a sandy beach and waves

Browse unique shops, see wild ponies and bike along beautiful trails in this charming island town.

Chincoteague, also known as Chincoteague Island, is a long barrier island with quaint inns, excellent restaurants and wonderful natural scenery. Located on the Virginia Eastern Shore, the town is best known for its Chincoteague ponies, which are led across the channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in an annual swim. Eat fresh oysters, discover interesting museums and embark on scenic hikes in the nearby wildlife refuge.

You may recognize Chincoteague as the setting of Marguerite Henry's children's book Misty of Chincoteague, which was later made into a movie. Published in 1947, the book was inspired by a real pony named Misty. Look for the bronze statue of Misty on Main Street. Plan your visit in late July to watch the famous yearly pony swim.

Take a guided boat cruise or go kayaking in Chincoteague Bay and look for dolphins swimming in the water. When you’re ready for a break, dine at one of the town’s many fine seafood restaurants. Try meals that include oysters, blue crabs or clams, all area specialties.

Head to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to explore more than 14,000 acres (5,700 hectares) of pristine beaches, marshes and forests. Stretching across the southern third of Assateague Island, directly off Chincoteague Island, the refuge provides a habitat for hundreds of different species. Walk along the 3-mile (5-kilometer) self-guided wildlife loop, looking for wild ponies, snowy egrets, blue herons and the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel.

Climb to the top of Assateague Island Lighthouse for wonderful views over Chincoteague. Built in 1833, this 142-foot-tall (43-meter) lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still functions as a navigational light. See the lighthouse’s original lens at the Museum of Chincoteague, which is dedicated to the island’s history. View models of historic fishing vessels and old tools once used in the oyster trade.

Chincoteague is located south of the Maryland-Virginia line, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Washington, D.C. Enjoy your escape to this laid-back resort island.

Where to stay in Chincoteague

Atlantic Shores Inn and Suites
Atlantic Shores Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
6273 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague, VA, 23336
The price is $89 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Chincoteague. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (801 reviews)
"Very friendly and accommodating"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Atlantic Shores Inn and Suites
Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort
Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort
2.5 out of 5
4195 Main St, Chincoteague, VA, 23336
The price is $149 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Chincoteague. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (936 reviews)
"Beautiful view. Great breakfasts. Comfortable beds."

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort
Refuge Inn
Refuge Inn
3 out of 5
7058 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague, VA, 23336
The price is $145 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Chincoteague. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (890 reviews)
"The pool and hot tub were in great shape. Towels provided. Still practicing some covid protocals with breakfast but was good overall. Room was clean and bed was comfortable. Was able to feed the horses they had on sight."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Refuge Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
2 Bedroom / Bath & 1/2 Villa ~Just minutes to the beaches 11
2 Bedroom / Bath & 1/2 Villa ~Just minutes to the beaches 11
Chincoteague, VA
The price is $150 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this property in Chincoteague. Enjoy an indoor pool, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Maui Jack's Waterpark and Museum of Chincoteague are ...
2 Bedroom / Bath & 1/2 Villa ~Just minutes to the beaches 11
Captain's Rest - Lovely Waterfront on Marsh Island!
Captain's Rest - Lovely Waterfront on Marsh Island!
Chincoteague, VA
Stay at this vacation home in Chincoteague. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Very special place would go again any chance"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Captain's Rest - Lovely Waterfront on Marsh Island!
Island Breeze  Cottage w/ screened porch. Water view! Quiet location!
Island Breeze Cottage w/ screened porch. Water view! Quiet location!
Chincoteague, VA
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Chincoteague. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (168 reviews)
"Nice quiet location not far from downtown. Plenty of parking and loved sitting on the porch. Enjoyed the breeze coming into the screened porch while in the hammock chairs. Perfect size for 2."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Island Breeze Cottage w/ screened porch. Water view! Quiet location!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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