If you're looking for an amazing Virginia getaway, you need to check out these five islands. Each one offers its own unique set of activities and attractions that are sure to please everyone in your group. From history and nature to beaches and restaurants, these islands have it all. So pack your bags and get ready for some fun in the sun. Here are five Virginia islands you have to visit.
5. Chincoteague Island
Chincoteague is one of the most popular Virginia islands, and for good reason. This island is home to some of the best beaches on the east coast, as well as a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Assateague National Seashore, where you can see wild horses roaming the beaches. Visitors enjoy programs offered by the national park service and refuge rangers so that they can learn about the unknown and undeveloped wilderness world. According to VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS, the island is seven miles long and one and a half miles wide but full of fun. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, biking, and ecotours on the island. Art galleries are all over the local shops, showcasing the unique talents on the island.
4. Tangier Island
Best known as the soft crab capital of the nation, this island is a waterman’s paradise. It is home to the world’s largest commercial crabbing operation and, you can find soft-shell crabs on just about every menu. Tangier Island is isolated and located about twelve miles out in the Chesapeake Bay. It has no bridges and is only accessible by ferry or air. The residents are used to slower pace living and are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. You will be amazed to find out that most traffic is the bicycle, foot, and golf carts. The island is only about three miles long and a half-mile wide, but there is plenty to do. There are charter fishing boats, crabbing boats, and kayak rentals. You can also enjoy fresh seafood at any of the restaurants on the island. There are several bed and breakfasts on the island as well as a few hotels. You can also enjoy the Tangier island museum and learn the local history of the island.
3. Assateague Island
This island is best known for its wild ponies. These ponies are feral horses that have lived on the island for centuries. They are protected and roam freely on the island. The ponies are not the only animals that call this island home, you can also find deer, rabbits, raccoons, and foxes. The island is a nature lover’s dream with over 37 miles of hiking trails and is along the coasts of Virginia and Maryland. This island is also a great place for bird watching as different species of birds have been spotted on the island. It is also a stopover for many migrating birds giving the visitors a chance to see some rare birds. To learn more about the wildlife island, there are guided tours offered to visitors. There are two ways to access Assateague island national seashore. The north entrance end of route 611 which is eight miles south of Ocean City MD. The other way at the end of 175. Cars cannot access the two entrances. Cars must go back to the mainland to access either route. If you are looking for a place to stay, there are several campgrounds on the island, as well as a few hotels. You can also enjoy the beach that stretches for over seven miles.
2. Brown's Island
This island is located in the James River and is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. There are several walking and biking trails as well as a playground and a dog park. The island is also home to the Virginia Bluebells, which bloom in the springtime. Brown's Island is the most urban of the five islands and is a great place to enjoy the city views. It is best for gatherings, concerts, and festivals as it's just a short walk from Richmond downtown. There are several restaurants and bars located on the island as well as a few hotels for visitors to enjoy. Enjoy the Friday cheers concerts held on the island each week. You can also make use of the Arboretum and the Nature Center to learn about the wildlife on the island. You can hire a boat or use a kayak to explore the waterways and access the James River. Most activities and guided tours start at around 9:00 am so plan accordingly.
1. Gwynn's Island
Gwynn's Island is located in the northeastern part of Mathew's county and on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Being about four miles long and a mile wide, this island is a great place to enjoy the beach. There are also several golf courses and tennis courts for visitors to enjoy. Gwynn's Island is also home to the Gwynn's Island Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of the island and the people who have called it home. Gwynn's Island festival is held every summer on the last Saturday of June and is a great way to get to know the community. This festival attracts thousands of visitors each year and is one of the best-known festivals on the island. A simple swing bridge connects the island to the mainland. These islands may be small, but it sure has a lot to offer. It is a great place for enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and getting away from it all for a day or two.
Written by Liz Flynn
Read more posts by Liz Flynn