Chincoteague is a bit of a drive for a day trip–about an hour from Ocean City–but if you’re able to set aside the time, Chincoteague is an incredible little island with so much to explore. If you’ve been to Maryland’s Assateague Island National Seashore, the island of Chincoteague leads to Virginia’s section of Assateague that’s similarly rife with beach, nature trails and a view of the famous wild ponies. But Chincoteague isn’t just an island–it’s an entire town. On your way to the beach you’ll pass quaint restaurants and shops, lodging, houses and museums, which is why so many tourists come to Delmarva just for the tiny, charming beach gateway
BL and I trekked out to the town on an overcast Sunday morning and spent much of the day hoping that the sun would come out. It didn’t. (Until we got home, of course.) Still, there was a healthy amount of visitors basking on the not-sunny-but-still-warm beach and shopping on Main Street, and Chincoteague is a fun place to spend the day rain or shine. Below are a few pictures from our adventure, featuring several places of interest that I recommend any visitor stop to check out. Just remember to bring bug spray! We found out the hard way that the mosquitoes will be in attack mode no matter what the sky looks like.
Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She's the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures LLC sites, and she loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the island with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.