The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and it's time to pack your bags for an epic WanderLOVE road trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The Atlantic Ocean and channels surrounding Chincoteague Island are calling you to experience life "on the water", whether it be fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating, kayaking, swimming or just strolling along the beach with your toes in the water. Catch your dinner or feast on fresh caught fish or locally grown oysters and clams.
Assateague Island National Seashore on Assateague Island, VA provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities with miles of Atlantic shoreline to enjoy. Surf fishing, sunbathing, surfing, swimming, shelling, kite-flying or simply snoozing in your chair or reading a good book are activities of choice. Pack a picnic from one of our local food trucks or restaurants or prepare it in your cottage kitchen to savor as the waves roll onto the shoreline... be careful to keep it hidden from the sea gulls though---they love to snack on the beach too.
Nature boat cruises and guided kayak tours provide a relaxing way to enjoy native and migratory waterfowl, turtles, fox, deer, and the wild Chincoteague ponies grazing in the marshes of Assateague Island, VA. An evening sunset cruise offers a magical opportunity to watch the sun quietly dip below the horizon and welcome the evening sky filled with abounding stars. Ecotours offer interactive skill building experiences with hands-on and feet-wet lessons or opportunities to harvest, shuck and sample oysters and clams straight from our salty waters.
If you prefer to go at your own pace and itinerary, rent a canoe or kayak or bring your own to paddle the ins and outs of the waterways surrounding the islands by way of the Seaside Water Trail.Knowledgeable charter boat captains are ready for you to cast a line on an inshore or offshore fishing adventure. Flounder is our most sought after inshore fish but many other varieties are often part of your daily catch. Our offshore fishing rivals the best in the Mid-Atlantic with half day and full day excursions available.
Bait and tackle shops have everything you need to fish from Town docks or to crab by pot or string from shore or from a local marina. Supplies can also be rented from a local beach and vacation rental outfitter.
Take a day trip to visit the small islands of Tangier or Smith in the Chesapeake Bay on a relaxing ferry ride. Truly take a step back in time to hear natives speaking in Elizabethan dialects on islands with no cars.
As summer wanes and fall is ushered in, waterfowl hunting can be enjoyed with a local guide in the quiet hours of a duck blind on the Assateague or Chincoteague Channel. Learn the local lore as you wait for duck, brant, or geese to fly by.
Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com to begin your "fun-on-the-water" vacation of a lifetime. Chincoteague Island's waterways offer endless hours of excitement, relaxation, and entertainment. While you are here, visit the local shops in our charming seaside town featuring handmade jewelry and artisan crafts, art galleries, and boutiques. Enjoy casual, coastal cuisine by the water or on the water. Whether it's on the bay or on the ocean... time on the water is time well spent. Enjoy!Explore other Chincoteague Island Itineraries and Trails