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Popular amenities for Chincoteague vacation rentals

Stay near Chincoteague's top sights

Island Creamery35 locals recommend
Assateague Lighthouse14 locals recommend
Ropewalk Restaurant - Chincoteague24 locals recommend
Bill's PRIME Seafood & Steaks30 locals recommend
Veterans Memorial Park4 locals recommend
Don's Seafood Restaurant27 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Chincoteague

  • Total rentals

    630 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $40 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    13K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    560 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    180 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    150 properties have a pool

Your guide to Chincoteague

All About Chincoteague

Seven miles long and half as wide, Chincoteague Island is located at the north end of the chain of barrier islands that hug Virginia’s coastline. It’s a popular getaway for visitors from up and down the Eastern Seaboard. You can relax on the seashore, take a boat cruise to scout for the area’s famous wild ponies, or ride a bike around town and across the bridge to Assateague Island. Clamming and crabbing are favorite local activities: You can buy the equipment to catch your own seafood or gorge on blue crabs at one of the local restaurants, finishing up with a trip to the island’s beloved ice cream shop.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Chincoteague

Not surprisingly, peak travel season in Chincoteague coincides with the hottest months of the year: June through September. Temperatures then average in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. The humidity spikes in July and August, with regular showers, so you’ll want to pack light, breathable clothes and umbrellas. Winds blowing off the Atlantic Ocean do help to relieve the mugginess — and you can always jump in the water to cool off. A gentle autumn gives way to a mild winter. Snow is rare, but the temperatures regularly dip into the 30s Fahrenheit, and the winds can be brisk. Bring lined waterproof outerwear and good boots, and you’re set to wander on the beach no matter what month you visit.

Top things to do in Chincoteague

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

This 14,000-acre refuge was founded in the 1940s to protect the wildfowl who migrate here during the winters. Its beaches, marshes, and dunes stretch across the southern end of Assateague and onto surrounding islands. More than 300 species of birds nest here, including bald eagles, making this a paradise for birders. Short, accessible trails for walking and biking snake through the wetlands, including one that leads to the 19th-century Assateague Lighthouse.

Wallops Flight Facility

Five miles east of Chincoteague is NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, which the agency uses to launch research rockets and balloons. The garden at the Visitor Center will appeal to anyone who’s dreamed of escaping the Earth’s atmosphere, with spacecraft and airplanes on display. You can sign up for a guided tour of the center’s displays, or consult the schedule to see if a launch will be taking place.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Hop east from Chincoteague over a small stretch of water, and you’ve arrived at the Atlantic Ocean. The southernmost beach of 37-mile-long Assateague Island is a skinny isthmus covered in soft sands and, in the summer, beach towels. There are lifeguard-monitored swimming zones, as well as spots ideal for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and surf fishing. If you drive to the beach you’ll need to buy a daily or weekly pass.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Chincoteague?

    Chincoteague typically enjoys a mild climate. Summer temperatures average around 85°F (29°C), while winter can dip to around 37°F (3°C). Spring and fall are quite pleasant with temperatures usually between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Chincoteague?

    Chincoteague has a variety of enjoyable activities. You could explore Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, go on a boat tour, or visit the Chincoteague Island Waterman's Memorial. Seafood lovers might enjoy a clamming or crabbing experience.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Chincoteague?

    The most popular time to visit Chincoteague is summer, particularly in July during the annual Pony Swim and Auction, a local tradition where wild ponies swim across the channel from Assateague Island.

  • What are the best places to stay in Chincoteague?

    Popular areas to stay in Chincoteague include Main Street for its local charm, Maddox Boulevard for proximity to the beach, and the tranquil Piney Island area for its stunning views.

  • What are the best places to visit in Chincoteague?

    Popular places to visit in Chincoteague include the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Assateague Lighthouse, and the Museum of Chincoteague Island. These sites offer insights into the area's natural beauty and history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Chincoteague?

    Explore the scenic hiking trails in Chincoteague such as the Wildlife Loop in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Woodland Trail highlighting the island's varied flora and fauna, and the Swan Cove Trail leading to an idyllic beach.

  • What are some family activities to do in Chincoteague?

    Families in Chincoteague can enjoy a trip to the Chincoteague Pony Centre, a day of bird watching at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, or a visit to the Chincoteague Island Library for a variety of children's programs.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Chincoteague?

    Chincoteague is known for its diversity of day trips. Explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, a 14,000-acre (5,665 hectare) habitat home to the famous wild Chincoteague ponies. Visit the Assateague Lighthouse, a historic 142-foot (43-meter) tall lighthouse offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Learn about the island's oyster farming at the Chincoteague Oyster & Maritime Museum, or take a boat tour to get up close to the island's marine life. Also, don't miss the Wallops Flight Facility, NASA's primary facility for suborbital missions, located just 10 miles (16 km) north of Chincoteague.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Chincoteague?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Chincoteague. From over 380 house rentals to over 40 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Chincoteague?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 450 vacation rentals in Chincoteague featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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