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Chincoteague-Island is a resort island located in Accomack County off Virginia's eastern shore. There is also a fishing village named Chincoteague located on the island. As of the 2000 census, the population was 4,317 residents. The island is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and abounds with charm, history and wildlife. There are miles of undeveloped beaches, marshes and forest, and the island is famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals. It's probably most well known, however, for the Chincoteague Ponies, although they are not actually on this island but on nearby Assateague Island. A legend has it that the feral ponies on Assateague are descendants of survivors of a Spanish galleon that sank on its way to Mexico during a storm off the coast of the island. More likely, they are actually descended from domesticated stock, brought to the island by Eastern Shore farmers in the 17th century to avoid fencing requirements. The town of Chincoteague features numerous small hotels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds, several restaurants, ice cream parlors and miniature golf. There are three museums on the island: Beebe Ranch, the Oyster and Maritime Museum and the Refuge Waterfowl Museum. Other activities on Chincoteague Island include swimming, surfing, fishing, crabbing, boating, hiking, biking, lighthouse tours and guided wildlife tours. The island also hosts the annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival and 2nd Saturday Art Strolls between April and November.

Surrounding areas: Onancock, Virginia (26.3 mi), Quinby, Virginia (33.5 mi), Tangier Island, Virginia (35.2 mi), Exmore, Virginia (37.8 mi)

Chincoteague Island Vacation Rentals

Chincoteague Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Island Motor Inn4391 Main StChincoteague Island, VA (757) 336-3141
Quality Inn6273 Maddox BlvdChincoteague Island, VA (757) 336-6565
Best Western Chincoteague Island7105 Maddox BlvdChincoteague, VA (757) 336-6557
Comfort Suites4195 Main StChincoteague, VA (757) 336-3700
Hampton Inn & Suites - Chincoteague Waterfront4179 Main StChincoteague, VA (757) 336-1616
Refuge Motor Inn7058 Maddox BlvdChincoteague, VA (757) 336-5511
Sunrise Motor Inn Inc4491 Chicken City RdChincoteague, VA (757) 336-6671
Assateague InnCoaches LnChincoteague, VA1.0 mi.(757) 336-3738
The Island Belle Motor LodgeChincoteague, VA1.0 mi.(757) 336-5293
Anchor Inn Motel3775 Main StChincoteague, VA1.3 mi.(757) 336-6313
Waterside Motor Inn3761 South Main StChincoteague, VA1.3 mi.(757) 336-3434
Birchwood Motel Inc3650 Main StChincoteague, VA1.5 mi.(757) 336-6133
Quality Inn825 Ocean HwyPocomoke, MD11.5 mi.(410) 957-1300
Days Inn1540 Ocean HwyPocomoke City, MD12.6 mi.(410) 957-3000
Holiday Inn Express125 Newtowne BlvdPocomoke, MD13.6 mi.(410) 957-6444
Econo Lodge Princess Anne10936 Market LnPrincess Anne, MD24.1 mi.(410) 651-9400
Comfort Inn25297 Lankford HwyOnley, VA25.4 mi.(757) 787-7787
Princess Anne Motel30359 MT Vernon RdPrincess Anne, MD25.6 mi.(410) 651-4075
Anchor MotelOnley, VA25.8 mi.(804) 787-8000
Atlantic Hotel Inn & Restaurant2 N Main StBerlin, MD27.8 mi.(410) 641-3589
Bed & Breakfast
The Watson House Bed & Breakfast4240 Main StChincoteague, VA (757) 336-1564

Chincoteague Island Weather & Climate

The Eastern Islands of Virginia , off the Pacific Coast, have summers that are generally hot and humid. Mosquitoes and ticks are abundant from spring through autumn. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows on the offshore islands in the winter but the weather is often damp and cold. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard sole water shoes for wading in bay waters. Hurricanes and tropical storms, including those immediately offshore, occur most frequently in early August and September and rarely appear before June or after November. During the month of September, anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of Virginias rainfall comes from tropical storms. Thunderstorms may occur in all months of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 28°F 3.56 in. 36°F
February 46°F 29°F 3.10 in. 36°F
March 53°F 36°F 3.96 in. 44°F
April 62°F 44°F 2.85 in. 53°F
May 70°F 54°F 3.40 in. 60°F
June 79°F 63°F 3.00 in. 68°F
July 84°F 68°F 3.67 in. 73°F
August 83°F 67°F 3.95 in. 76°F
September 77°F 61°F 3.57 in. 73°F
October 67°F 49°F 3.04 in. 63°F
November 58°F 40°F 2.77 in. 54°F
December 49°F 32°F 3.17 in. 44°F

Chincoteague Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Salisbury Ocean City Wicomico Regional airport (SBY) located about 28 miles northwest of Chincoteague Island in Salisbury, Maryland, the Accomack County airport (MFV) located approximately 29 miles southwest of Chincoteague Island in Melfa, Virginia, the Sussex County airport (GED) located roughly 51 miles north of Chincoteague Island in Georgetown, Delaware, and finally Easton Newnam Field (ESN) located around 71 miles northwest of Chincoteague Island in Easton, Maryland.

Chincoteague Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD31.4 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD31.4 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD31.4 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD31.4 mi.
FunderlandRehoboth BeachDE56.2 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD73.4 mi.
Mariner's LandingWildwoodNJ78.6 mi.
Morey's PiersWildwoodNJ78.6 mi.
Splash Zone Water ParkWildwoodNJ78.6 mi.
Wild Wheels Adventure PierWildwoodNJ78.6 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA82.3 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA86.9 mi.
Water Parks
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE74.9 mi.
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ78.6 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD82.0 mi.
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA82.3 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA86.9 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ101.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Captains CoveGreenbackvilleVA5.2 mi.
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf CoursePocomoke CityMD14.1 mi.
Nassawango Country ClubSnow HillMD15.4 mi.
Great Hope Golf CourseWestoverMD22.3 mi.
Bay ClubBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Beach Club Golf LinksBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Creek ClubBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Deer Run Golf CourseBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Eagles LandingBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Ocean City Golf & Yacht ClubBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Ocean Resorts Golf ClubBerlinMD27.6 mi.
River Run Golf CourseBerlinMD27.6 mi.
Rum Pointe Golf CourseBerlinMD27.6 mi.
State Parks
Shad Landing State ParkMD13.8 mi. 
Milburn Landing State ParkMD15.0 mi. 
Assateague State ParkMD22.9 mi. 
Janes Island State ParkMD27.0 mi. 
Oyster & Maritime MuseumChincoteagueVA1.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Ward Museum of Wildfowl ArtSalisburyMD31.9 mi.(Art)
DiscoverSea Shipwreck MuseumFenwick IslandDE39.9 mi.(History)
Nutter D. Marvel Carriage MuseumGeorgetownDE52.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD31.9 mi.
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ73.2 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA90.9 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC112.2 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD115.3 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD115.3 mi.

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