Welcome to another throwback travel post. As I’ve mentioned before, I started traveling more after I graduated from College (2012-13is). But Is started this blog a little later so there’s a lot I haven’t told you about — a week in Chincoteague Island is one of them.
What is Chinoteague Island
Chincoteague Island is part of Virgnia. It was about a 10 hour drive from upstate New York. If you]’re a horse lover, Chincoteague is the place for you. While its beaches are gorgeous and large, it’s main attraction is the wild ponies that live on the Island. When I say wild, I mean Wild — there a some places where a pony could walk right up to your car (which means drive carefully!)
When to go:
Honestly, you can go in the Summer but that’s peak season which means it’s going to be expensive. We went the week before peak season started and found a 4 bedroom home with a view of the water for like half the price — and the weather was still amazing! It was the perfect way to experience th Island without the cost or the people .
Where to Stay:
There aren’t a lot of hotels on the island, so if youre looking to stay close by, I would rent a home through either airbnb or a travl agency. It’s really easy and there are lot of options so you won’t have to worry about finding a place to stay as long as you book well in advance, especially during peak season.
What to do
There is, obviously a lot to do in Chingoteague, other than the fact that you are going to see Wild ponies. you are at a National Seashore, which means lots of beaches, and lots of trails that you can explore. We spent an entire day just exploring the beaches and landscape and of course a lighthouse. You can’t go on a beach vacation without seeing a lighthouse.
But there a lot of other fun things you can do on the Island– like rent some kayaks to get up close to the ponies from a different viewpoint. Or take a boat cruise around the Island to see the ponies. We also rented some bikes and just biked around one day.
PS the national seashore is really cheap. When we went think we spent a total of $40 for the week for entry everyday. You will spend roughly $20 a day in a place like Cape Cod and Miami.
Don’t forget about the sunsets either. Definitely one of the best I have ever seen, while you’re waiting to see it, rent a spot on the beach for a BBQ and fire — we went the day of and they had plenty of space. Its definitely worth it, it had always been a bucket list type goal of mine.
Its really not that bad in Chincoteague, we cooked quite a few nights but even food was reasonable and fun southern food. You can go to a restaurant or just grab some food at a food truck, either works!
Chincotegaue is definitely one of those destinations if you’re looking for a relaxing week away but with ample activities so you don’t get bored. If you have an interest in that and horses, its a must.