Chincoteague Island, VA, USA

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Chincoteague Island, VA, USA

Chincoteague Island vacation rentals

Chincoteague Island—a magical blend of sea and land

There's more than a touch of magic about Chincoteague Island, the Virginia idyll where sea and land lap into one another until they blend as one. Here, you'll find uncrowded beaches, hidden creeks, and brightly painted shacks. And ponies. Lots of ponies. The famous Assateague Island horses run wild here, grazing in its delightful meadows and swimming in its inlets. Chincoteague Island vacation rentals can be magical, too, housed in historic B&Bs or charming country inns. A book could be written about this place. And of course, it already has, as fans of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague know to their joy.

Let the Chincoteague magic wash over you

While a vacation in Chincoteague Island means getting out and about, it's in an easy-going kind of way. Strolling and pedaling its lanes open up the island's beauty to you. A backwater boat tour gives you glimpses of those famed ponies at their most photogenic. Or you can head out on your own adventure, paddling a kayak or canoeing along winding inlets. Then again, you could just plump down on a rickety pier and dangle a line into the water for lunch. Or watch others doing so. After all, why push it in paradise?

Island-hopping ponies on Chincoteague Island

If there's one event that defines Chincoteague Island, it's the annual pony round-up in July. The sight of hundreds of ponies swimming the Assateague Channel, helped on their way by the 'Saltwater Cowboys,' is simply unmissable. Many of the best Chincoteague Island vacation rentals lie close to this unique event. Visit the Museum of Chincoteague to find out more about the island's history, including its still vibrant local oyster trade. The historic side of the island is also on show at historic houses like Captain Timothy Hill House—all wooden shingles, 200-year old painted planks, and curious carvings.

Chincoteague Island—think shoulder seasons

Summer is when the Chincoteague Island experience is at its most magical. This being Virginia, expect it to be warm and sunny, and a tad humid. July sees highs approaching 80°F. Either side of that summer-time peak, you'll find both lanes and backwaters more peaceful, and the daytime temperatures a comfortable 60-70°F. There's no rainy season as such here, with only occasional refreshing showers. And if you do enjoy a winter break from it all, you'll find it a gentle season here, with plenty of affordable Chincoteague Island vacation rentals.

Sea sets the scene on Chincoteague Island

Most Chincoteague Island vacation rentals are on its northern side. It sits just behind the tip of the 40-mile-long stretch of dunes, forest, and marsh that is Assateague Island. Wildlife is comfortable here. As well as the feral ponies, you might see brown pelicans, sika deer, and even bald eagles in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It's also a place the sea hasn't quite let go of, crisscrossed by meandering channels and flanked by swaying marshes. Come sunset and the land itself seems to shine with the pink hues of the sky.