Is it better to go to Assateague or Chincoteague?

Go to the Beach One of the best reasons to visit Chincoteague is to go to the beach! Assateague Island National Seashore is 37 miles long and renowned for its wild horses and sandy beaches while Chincoteague is only 7 miles long and better known for its marshes, dunes, forests, and more.

Is Chincoteague Island worth visiting?

Visiting Chincoteague Island is a must – it truly is a hidden gem. At just over three hours from the Washington DC metro area, Chincoteague makes for the perfect weekend getaway or an epic day trip – making you feel worlds away from the craziness of the city.

Can you get to Assateague Island from Chincoteague?

A short bridge connects Chincoteague Island to Assateague Island. Entering Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, visitors are immediately surrounded by the splendor of unspoiled nature.

What is the difference between Assateague Island and Chincoteague Island?

While Assateague is protected as a National Seashore (on the Maryland side) and National Wildlife Refuge (on the Virginia portion of the island), Chincoteague Island is developed, including a town with the island’s name.

How far apart is Assateague and Chincoteague?

about 56 miles
You have to drive back to the mainland to go between Assateague National Seashore and Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge which is about 56 miles.

Is Assateague Island better in Maryland or Virginia?

Some say Virginia is the best side because it has about 70 newborn ponies on that end each summer, unspoiled beaches, a lighthouse and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Close by is Chincoteague Island (home of the pony swim).

Does it cost to go to Chincoteague beach?

Your fee dollars help us provide a memorable visitor experience. They fund lifeguard and safety services, beach parking and trail maintenance….Pass options.

Pedestrians and bicyclists Free
Weekly Pass Valid for seven days $25.00
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass Valid for one year $45.00