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Forget The Hamptons, Chincoteague Island Is The Place To Be This Summer

By Stacey Sykes for Fathom 
My two-year-old daughter, husband, and I just got back from a four-day vacation in Chincoteague Island — a small barrier island off the coast of Virginia, famous for its population of wild ponies, which have lived in the area for centuries. I cannot get the place out of my head. For days I’ve been thinking about how to accurately describe it, and I think it’s best to start with what you won’t find on Chincoteague.

Sprawling resorts do not span the coastline, nor do boardwalks. The beach is part of a pristine, 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge that has none of the commercial sprawl that has beset so many East Coast beach towns over the years. The refuge is so clean and magnificently unspoiled that when beach-goers are gone at the end of each day, you’d be hard-pressed to find evidence that human beings had been there at all.

Also missing from the island are trendy boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants. And the nightlife experience really depends on how many beers you decide to drink while watching the sun set over the bay. Chincoteague is not for everyone, but for those who seek a beach vacation devoid of crowds and sensory overload, there’s no better place to be.

To see the entire article by Stacey Sykes visit Forbes.com

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