SEA HARBOR: 10% discount for 7 or more nights and 20% for 30 or more nights. 1 mile from Assateague Island and 5 miles from beach front fun or Nasa. Check-In 4pm Check-Out 12pm. This home offers large open spaces, a cozy, clean and comfortable place to stay along with amazing adventures for everyone to explore. It is furnished with many necessities so you can rest, relax and enjoy, a beach hut w/coolers, beach chairs, grill, beach toys, also an additional shed (9x13) to store your kayaks, surf boards etc...Large fully equipped kitchen with all cooking and eating utensils, dishes, pots and pans and cleaning supplies, full size flat top elec. range w/oven, full size refrigerator w/ice maker, large portable dishwasher, large microwave, coffee pot, toaster, toaster oven, full size washer/dryer, sleeper sofa (queen size w/extra memory foam mattress topper and is very comfortable) 1 Smart TV, cable and Roku, surround sound, plenty of room in bedroom or living room for a blow up mattress. All bedding, towels, wash cloths, everything thing provided to enjoy your vacation. This home is located in a quiet, family friendly great neighborhood and two blocks away is fun, restaurants, entertainment and all your vacation wants and needs and is central to everything Chincoteague Island and Assateague Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Nasa is a must visit. ACCESS THE HOSPITALITY MANAGER once you have booked, to guide you so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.
Scroll down for a wealth of information, maps and local favorites. While much of the beach towns of the eastern shore have changed quite a bit over the last 40 years, so much of what makes Chincoteague unique and special-- is the Assateague wildlife refuge for bird and pony-watching, the quiet peacefulness, the 'fishermen's-town' feel of Chincoteague, remain the same.
This oyster-and-crab-rich island is also home to the famous Chincoteague ponies. While saltwater cowboys have been driving wild horses across the channel for auction since 1925, it was the children's book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry that put the event, and this quiet little fishing town, on the map in 1947. Today, tourism has replaced fishing as the primary industry in Chincoteague—more than 30,000 visitors pack the town on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July for the pony swim. Some of the best fun here is out on the water.
As you approach Chincoteague Island along Route 175, explore NASA Wallops Flight facility with its full scale rockets, displays and hands-on activities. Pony Penning is an annual event held in Chincoteague, Virginia on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department conducts the event and it consists of a Wild Pony Swim and a Pony Auction. The world renowned Pony Round Up and Swim brings a large influx of visitors to the Island. The Saltwater Cowboys guide the ponies on along the beach from the North to the South corral where they will rest for a day. The ponies swim the Assateague channel at slack tide. The yearlings and younger ones are auctioned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. The remaining ponies swim back to Assateague.
Enjoy: The Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, Blueberry, Seafood, Oyster, Easter Decoy and Arts Festivals also the Annual Chili and Chowder cook-off. Visit the Herbert H. Bateman Center, Museum of Chincoteague Island, Beebe Ranch, home of 'Misty', and Assateague Lighthouse. Go on the Wildlife Refuge Tour. Ride the Chincoteague Island Trolley.
Besides the National Seashore & Wildlife Refuge, we have lots of Events and Activities: There are 3 pony round-ups each year -- spring and fall Round-ups are less crowded and fun to watch, but the only Round-up where the ponies swim is in July. Explore the channels and nature preserve of Assateague Island. Chincoteague Island boasts a quaint town with lots to do, great seafood, art galleries, gift shops, old-fashioned ice cream shops (try Island Creamery...) and vintage movie theater. Boating, Biking, Fishing, Crabbing, Surfing, Miniature Golf or…Just lay on the golden sand!
Enjoy pristine Assateague Beach minutes away. (Conde Nast Traveler’s 20 best beaches in America!) Because Assateague Beach is a National Park, it is beautiful, clean and a true beach! No buildings or development allowed. The ocean swimming, wave jumping and play are wonderful. Assateague Island offers beach, fun and waves. The surfing breaks on Assateague Island are mostly sand bars. The surf here gets really good when there is any type of weather disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean generating swell. On really good swells local surfers will sometimes venture, by boat, to some really good breaks on the nearby barrier islands.
The Chincoteague Cultural Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes art, creativity and culture on Chincoteague Island and Delmarva’s Eastern Shore. We are an all-volunteer group of artists, musicians, shop/gallery owners, and enthusiasts working together to offer a broad range of fun events each year. Our program calendar includes concerts, theatre, gallery tours, art shows, art & music classes, farmers markets, festivals and more.
Outdoor Parks: Chincoteague Island offers several beautiful parks for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors. We highly recommend taking advantage of these well maintained spaces while you're on vacation.
Robert Reed Downtown Park - This park, located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Chincoteague, offers recreational opportunities, a site for festivals, outdoor movies and events, and a beautiful view of sunsets. Annual events such as the “Weekend of the Islands” and the “Chili Chowder Cook-off” have already begun drawing as many as 1,500 visitors. There are boat slips available for rent to transient boats that are in excess of 26’ to 50’ in length. The park is ADA accessible, inclusive of boat slips.
Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park, for the recreation of residents and visitors is located on Eastside Road. The park has tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, fishing/crabbing pier, ball field, boat ramp, a separate kayak launch area and a large pavilion for any gatherings, charcoal grills for your convenience and public restrooms.. The pavilion may be reserved for groups through a permit issued by the Town for approval. It is recommended that you contact the Town Office to check availability and or reserve. There is no fee for reserving the pavilion. The Commonwealth of Virginia enforces a recreational fishing license for the water surrounding Chincoteague. The Town of Chincoteague purchases a fishing license for the Veteran's Memorial Park fishing pier, however a no charge Virginia FIP registration is required. A license is required for all other fishing and can be purchased at Toms Beach Supply on Maddox Blvd or Captain Bob's Marina on S. Main St. A Boat ramp sticker is required and they are available for purchase at the Chincoteague Town Offices, at the Town Harbor or the Police Dept. after hrs.
Donald J. Leonard Park - The Donald J. Leonard Park is located across from the Chincoteague Combined School on North Main Street and protects an open view of Chincoteague Bay with approximately 600 feet of water frontage. Over 2.7 acres of waterfront land has been left in its natural state for the enjoyment of the citizens and visitors alike. Park facilities allow for off street parking, picnic tables, and kayak access to the Virginia Seaside Water Trail.
Boating is one of the more enjoyable pastimes on Chincoteague. If your interests are fishing, water-skiing, or just wanting to enjoy the water on a peaceful summers evening, the options are here for you to use your own boat or rent one. With the purchase of a City Boat Sticker, anyone wishing to put in their own boat will have access to 5 Town supported public boat ramps. Guided scenic/nature boat tours are also available. There are 5 Boat Ramps:
1. Curtis Merritt Harbor --- Islands South Side
2. Memorial Park ---- Islands East Side
3. Fir Landing --- Deep Hole Rd
4. East Side Ramp --- Islands East Side
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