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4 Beaches to Visit Near Chincoteague Island KOA

4 Beaches to Visit Near Chincoteague Island KOA

Chincoteague Island KOA is just a short drive from so many beautiful beaches. There are secluded shores on the Chesapeake Bay and pristine barrier islands on the Atlantic for lots of fun in the sun.

Next time you visit Chincoteague Island KOA make sure you pack your beach gear! 

Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge  is the gateway to the wild, sandy beach of Assateague Island National Seashore, which stretches on for miles across both Maryland and Virginia. Located just a few miles from Chincoteague Island KOA, this beach is one of only 10 National Seashores in America.

In Virginia, the section of the beach that is staffed with lifeguards is popular with families, while the unguarded section is less busy and is popular with surfers and skimboarders.

There are tons of fun things you can do in the park including surf fishing, four-wheel driving, clamming, crabbing biking and horseback riding. 

Visit the Tom's Cove Visitors Center to learn more about the ecology of the island or stop by the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center to learn more about Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge and its famous residents, the Chincoteague ponies. 

 Learn More about Chincoteague with our Ultimate Guide to Chincoteague

Ocean City

If you prefer the kind of beach that comes with a boardwalk, restaurants and amusement parks take a day trip to Ocean City, Maryland. This bustling beach town is just over an hour from Chincoteague Island KOA. There are miles of wide, sandy beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing and playing games. Once you've had your fill of sun and surf, stroll the boardwalk and check out the shops, attractions and restaurants. 

Tangier Island

If you're looking for a fun day trip in Virginia head to Tangier. This tiny island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is known for the unique dialect residents speak, bu it also has a beautiful stretch of beach this is one of the Eastern Shore's best kept secrets.

It takes some work to get there, you first have to drive to 45 minutes south to Onancock and then take a ferry to Tangier before walking to the beach on Hog Ridge Road, but this secluded beach is worth the effort.

There are very few cars on Tangier, but there are locals who operate golf cart tours. If you want to cut down on your travel time to the beach take a ride with one of the guides. You'll learn a lot about the island along the way. 

Barrier Islands

Like visiting Tangier, it takes a bit of work to get to Virginia's barrier islands, but your efforts will be rewarded. The 14 barrier islands off the coast of Virginia's Eastern Shore are the longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline on the East Coast. 

If you've always dreamed of relaxing on a deserted island then this is the beach experience you've been looking for. You can stroll for miles along empty beach, stretch out your towel and soak up the sun or photograph the beautiful wildlife that make their homes on the islands. Just stay below the high tide line to protect nesting birds. 

Assateague is the only Virginia barrier island that is accessible by car. Otherwise, you can get to the islands by paddling the Seaside Water Trail, hopping in your own boat and navigating your way out there or by booking a boat tour with a guide.  

Book a stay at Chincoteague Island KOA so you can explore all of these beautiful beaches. 

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