Chincoteague named 2nd Best Island in the United States by TripAdvisor
From the Chincoteague Beacon | Written By Ted Shockley
Accolades continue to roll in for Chincoteague Island, which has now been named the second-best island for travelers by a national website.
TripAdvisor.com, which uses reviews from travelers and interactive forums to provide information to consumers, ranked Chincoteague behind only Marco Island, Fla., on its list of Top 10 islands for the year.
Chincoteague was ranked just ahead of Anna Maria Island, Fla. San Juan Island, Wash., and Maui, Hawaii, round out the top five.
“I suppose the word is out,” said Evelyn Shotwell, executive director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. “We are extremely honored to receive an award from TripAdvisor two years running.”
Last year Chincoteague was ranked seventh on the list.
Chincoteague also is in the running now for the title of “happiest seaside town” by Coastal Living magazine, one of 10 communities so honored.
The designation appears in the March 2014 issue of the magazine, which hit newsstands Friday, Feb. 14. It is the magazine’s third annual listing of happiest coastal communities.
Last year a travel website named Assateague one of the “best beaches on Earth.” In 2010, Chincoteague was named America’s Best Beach Town by the AOL Travel website.
“Based on insights from millions of travelers from around the world, the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards help identify the most highly rated and loved holiday spots,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.
Rounding out the top 10 were Kauai, Hawaii, the Island of Hawaii, Nantucket, Mass., Hilton Head, S.C., and Key West, Fla.
This article was published by Chincoteague.com on 3/3/2014.