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Tangier-Island is a tiny island that sits in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Accomack County, Virginia. The island is about one mile wide and three miles long and has about 700 residents. Captain John Smith first visited Tangier Island in 1608 and in 1620 settlers arrived from Cornwall, England. Tangier Island has long attracted the attention of linguists because its people speak a unique dialect said to resemble Elizabethan English, and hypothesized to be nearly unchanged since the days of its first occupation by English colonists. Most of the residents of Tangier rely on crabbing to earn a living and the island is often called the Soft Shell Crab Capital of the World.The only other industry on the island is tourism. Few cars are present because they are not able to get over the small wooden bridges, so tourists and islanders get around on golf carts, boats, mopeds, and bikes. Today, the island is home to a close knit community, many of whom are related and have the last name of either Crockett, Parks, Pruitt, or Thomas. Tangier Island has one school, a post office, two grocery stores, several restaurants and lodging establishments. The island is isolated and the lifestyle is definitely laid-back and folksy,and there is also a large population of stray cats on the island. Things to do besides enjoy the delicious, fresh seafood, includes walking the deserted beaches looking for sea glass, visit the marshes to watch for egrets, take a nap, relax. From Onancock, Virginia, the ferry makes two round trips from Tangier a day, leaving Onancock at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Tangier from Onancock.

Surrounding areas: Onancock, Virginia (15.5 mi), Exmore, Virginia (22.5 mi), Quinby, Virginia (23.6 mi), Hartfield, Virginia (31.5 mi), Mathews, Virginia (32.5 mi), Urbanna, Virginia (34.5 mi), Chincoteague Island, Virginia (35.2 mi)

Tangier Island Vacation Rentals

Tangier Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn25297 Lankford HwyOnley, VA17.5 mi.(757) 787-7787
Anchor MotelOnley, VA17.8 mi.(804) 787-8000
Best Western Eastern Shore2543 Lakeford Hwy PO 1327Exmore, VA22.5 mi.(757) 442-7378
Holiday Inn Express Kilmarnock599 N Main StKilmarnock, VA22.6 mi.(804) 436-1500
The Tides InnKings Charter DrIrvington, VA26.0 mi.(804) 438-5000
The Tides Lodge1 St Andrews LnIrvington, VA26.0 mi.(804) 438-6000
Quality Inn825 Ocean HwyPocomoke, MD28.0 mi.(410) 957-1300
Days Inn1540 Ocean HwyPocomoke City, MD28.9 mi.(410) 957-3000
Econo Lodge Princess Anne10936 Market LnPrincess Anne, MD29.0 mi.(410) 651-9400
Holiday Inn Express125 Newtowne BlvdPocomoke, MD29.4 mi.(410) 957-6444

Tangier 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 31°F 3.14 in. 36°F
February 46°F 32°F 3.18 in. 39°F
March 54°F 38°F 4.54 in. 46°F
April 64°F 47°F 2.79 in. 53°F
May 74°F 56°F 3.64 in. 63°F
June 82°F 66°F 2.87 in. 70°F
July 87°F 71°F 3.96 in. 77°F
August 86°F 70°F 3.74 in. 78°F
September 80°F 65°F 3.56 in. 75°F
October 69°F 54°F 3.08 in. 63°F
November 59°F 44°F 2.96 in. 54°F
December 49°F 35°F 3.21 in. 44°F

Tangier Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Salisbury Ocean City Wicomico Regional airport (SBY) located about 44 miles northeast of Tangier Island in Salisbury, Maryland, the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located approximately 55 miles southwest of Tangier Island in Newport News, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located roughly 65 miles south of Tangier Island in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, Easton Newnam Field (ESN) located around 67 miles north of Tangier Island in Easton, Maryland, and finally the Richmond International airport (RIC) located about 75 miles west of Tangier Island in Richmond, Virginia.

Tangier Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD47.4 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA55.0 mi.
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD60.5 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD60.5 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD60.5 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD60.5 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA67.4 mi.
FunderlandRehoboth BeachDE79.2 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD79.7 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA80.4 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD81.4 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD86.0 mi.
Water Parks
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA55.0 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD66.2 mi.
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA67.4 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE84.6 mi.
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ102.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Great Hope Golf CourseWestoverMD25.7 mi.
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf CoursePocomoke CityMD28.9 mi.
State Parks
Janes Island State ParkMD14.8 mi. 
Point Lookout State ParkMD23.9 mi. 
Milburn Landing State ParkMD34.4 mi. 
Shad Landing State ParkMD37.0 mi. 
Oyster & Maritime MuseumChincoteagueVA34.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Ward Museum of Wildfowl ArtSalisburyMD42.5 mi.(Art)
Muscarelle Museum of ArtWilliamsburgVA55.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD42.5 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA69.7 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC92.9 mi.
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ96.5 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD106.4 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD106.4 mi.

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