A Week in Chincoteague

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!)

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Expenses

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.

3 thoughts on “A Week in Chincoteague

  1. Nicole Anderson says:

    This looks a fantastic place for a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle of life. I would love to spend a day or two with the ponies, and at the beach, cooking a bbq. Sleep out under the stars would be awesome. Do you know if camping is allowed?

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