Discover the magic of
Chincoteague Island, VA

Your ultimate guide to maximizing your Chincoteague Island vacation. Discover the magic that
makes this small island unforgettable.

Pony swim

The 99th year of Chincoteague’s
Annual Pony Swim
is almost here

Stay up-to-date on everything pony swim for the 99th year of Chincoteague’s
annual Pony Swim with our comprehensive guide covering past years

Fairfield Inn and Suites, Chincoteague, VA
Fairfield Inn by Marriot

The perfect spot to
relax and unwind
right on the bay

Located by the bay, features a seasonal pool and dock for fun and breathtaking sunsets. An ideal
retreat to unwind, just a short drive from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Lighthouse.

Ocean East Realty

Ocean East Realty
is here to help.

Considering selling your property, planning to relocate, looking to purchase real estate on Chincoteague
or surrounding areas of Virginia’s Eastern Shore? Ocean East Realty is here to help.

Home comforts on the
Chincoteague
waterfront

Minutes from local seafood restaurants and two miles from the beach in Chincoteague
National Wildlife Refuge, home to wild ponies. Enjoy daily free hot breakfast, free WiFi, and our indoor pool.

Key West Cottages
Key West Cottages

Revel in the sun setting
just beyond your balcony

Located in the heart of historic downtown Chincoteague Island, charming private retreats
offering nautical inspired accommodations with breath taking views of the Chincoteague Bay.

Are you ready for a change from the big city beach resorts?

In Chincoteague there are no high rises, board walks, or traffic jams. Chincoteague Island is a serene, yet fun filled, tourist destination. Chincoteague Island is Virginia’s only resort Island. Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Chincoteague is within easy reach from all major cities on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Chincoteague is the gateway to the Virginia portion of Assateague Island and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, home of the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies. Chincoteague offers a relaxed atmosphere and the beauty of unspoiled nature. From relaxing on the beach to viewing a spectacular sunset over the Chincoteague Bay, there is never a shortage of things to do in Chincoteague. We hope that you will fall in love with our Island, the way so many others already have.

Chincoteague Island soared to fame in 1961 with Twentieth Century Fox’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” based on Marguerite Henry’s beloved children’s book. This cultural phenomenon transformed the island from a fishing village into a renowned tourist destination.

Events

Discover the enchanting island of Chincoteague, where wild ponies roam, and coastal charm thrives. Explore our events calendar for local festivals, seafood fests, and outdoor adventures.

Upcoming Events

  • Jul
    19

    Eat & Drink, Family Friendly, Festivals & Fairs

    Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

    Event location

  • Jul
    26

    Pony Swim

    Pony Swim Back

    Veterans Memorial Park

  • Sep
    21

    Pony Swim

    Fall Roundup of Ponies: September 21, 2024

    North Herd Corral, Assateague Island, VA

  • Oct
    12

    Eat & Drink, Family Friendly, Festivals & Fairs, Music & Entertainment

    Chincoteague Oyster Festival

    Tom's Cove Park

View All Events

Plan Your Visit

Experience the magic of Chincoteague. Savor fresh seafood at local eateries, unwind in cozy accommodations, and explore scenic trails, wildlife tours, and unique shops.

Activities

Enjoy family-friendly activities in Chincoteague: pony watching, beach fun, biking, and nature trails.

Shopping

Boat Tours

Discover the natural beauty of the area with a boat tour around Chincoteague.

Kayak Tours

Dive into Chincoteague kayak tours with wildlife, scenic waterways, and adventure.

Fishing

Fishing on Chincoteague: charter trips, abundant catches, scenic coastal views, and more!

Campgrounds

A perfect family getaway awaits at Chincoteague’s local campgrounds.

Real Estate

Find your dream home with Chincoteague’s local real estate companies.

Bed & Breakfasts

Experience charming bed and breakfasts in Chincoteague.

Hotels

Discover Chincoteague hotels—comfort, coastal views, and memorable stays await.

Vacation Rental Homes

Discover vacation rental homes in Chincoteague, VA for coastal comfort and scenic views.

Vacation Rental Companies

Find your dream vacation home with these trusted vacation rental companies in Chincoteague, VA.

Restaurants and Dining

Enjoy Chincoteague Island’s dining scene with options ranging from fresh seafood and island specialties.

The Pony Swim

Witness the iconic Chincoteague pony swim—
a cherished tradition blending nature and community spirit,
celebrating wild ponies in their natural habitat.

Learn more

Follow Us

🌅 Join the "Saltwater Cowboys" on July 22 for the Beach Walk at 6 AM. Watch as the North Herd ponies are guided along the shore to join the South Herd. Be early to secure parking! 

#BeachWalk #PonyRoundup #ChincoteagueEvents
Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks over the water and a parade through downtown! Join in on the fun with BBQs, beach games, and live music. How are you planning to celebrate? 🇺🇸

#chincoteague #chincoteagueisland #visitchincoteagueisland
🗼✨ Explore the rich history and stunning beauty of the Assateague Lighthouse! Standing tall since 1867, this iconic landmark has guided countless sailors safely home. Located on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the lighthouse offers breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding waters. Don’t forget your camera – the photo ops are endless! 📸🌅 

#AssateagueLighthouse #ChincoteagueHistory #IslandViews #ExploreVA
🛰️ The Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is a must-visit! Explore interactive exhibits, watch informative films, and learn about NASA’s missions. It's an inspiring experience for all ages. 

#WallopsVisitorCenter #NASA #SpaceEducation #ChincoteagueAttractions
Discover the local charm of Black Narrows Brewing Co.! Black Narrows is dedicated to crafting exceptional beers using locally sourced ingredients. Its welcoming atmosphere is perfect for relaxing with friends and family. Swing by for a taste of Chincoteague's finest! 🍻 

#CraftBeer #ChincoteagueEats #LocalBrews
🗓️ Mark your calendars! The annual Pony Swim is just around the corner. This historic event is a must-see and a perfect way to connect with Chincoteague's rich history.

 #PonySwim #ChincoteagueEvents #WildPonies
The Chincoteague Pony Swim is coming up in July! 🐴 Learn about the history and magic of this iconic event. Get ready to witness the wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel. 

#PonySwim #ChincoteagueTradition #WildPonies
Celebrate Father's Day with a fishing trip or a boat tour around the island! Treat Dad to some fresh seafood at one of our local restaurants or take a stroll on the beach together. How are you spending the day with Dad? 🎣🌊

#chincoteague #chincoteagueisland #visitchincoteagueisland