Part of the US Park Service National Seashore, this stretch of beach along the Atlantic Ocean is part of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. (See other journal entry in this section.)
As with many other national seashore areas on the Atlantic Coast, the shoreline is well-maintained, has no property abutted the beach and is flanked by marshes and sand dunes, both patrolled by Park Rangers to ensure compliance with the wildlife regulations. Accordingly, the beach is very pristine and beautiful. On summer weekends, be sure to arrive early to get a parking spot before the lot reaches capacity. Environmentally friendly bathroom stations, changing areas and outdoor showers are placed along the edge of the lot.
In the summer there are several lifeguards along the seashore. On the ocean side, the waves can sometimes be strong, so exercise caution. Most of the time however, it is perfect for body surfing. In the summer, water temperature is perfect, and a lot warmer than New England beaches. The bayside is ideal for folks with little kids to splash in the water.
The wildlife on the seashore is equally impressive. It is not unusual, even on a summer day to see a school of bottlenose dolphin swimming not too far off shore. Birds are everywhere, from the ubiquitous sea gull to pelicans and sand plovers. Entertaining ghost crabs and fiddler crabs are prevalent. Watch out for horseflies on wind-less days.
The beach is great for long walks, in fact you can walk the whole way north to Ocean City Maryland if you give yourself plenty of time! There are plenty of times you can walk and not pass a single person.
Camping permits are also available for overnight beach camping, as are permits for beach bonfires!
The Coast Guard lighthouse, still in use, is a definite attraction.
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June 27, 2010
From journal Ocean City, MD, with the Grandkids
May 15, 2009
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July 19, 2007
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July 4, 2007
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April 26, 2007
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March 17, 2006
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December 4, 2004
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February 28, 2004
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February 23, 2003
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