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Chincoteague Island voted Best Coastal Small Town by USA TODAY

Chincoteague Chamber of CommerceChincoteague Island is the winner of USA Today‘s 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Coastal Small Town.

Top 10

  1. Chincoteague Island- Virginia
  2. Bayfield – Wisconsin
  3. Venice – Florida
  4. Rockport, Texas
  5. Bay Saint Louis – Mississippi
  6. Southport – North Carolina
  7. Georgetown – South Carolina
  8. Marys – Georgia
  9. Gulf Shores – Alabama
  10. Sandusky – Ohio

From quaint boutiques and art galleries to delectable cuisine caught fresh from local waters, Chincoteague Island is bursting with coastal charm. A thriving artisans community blends with local flavor and the result is purely captivating.

Wild ponies roam on neighboring Assateague Island where the Atlantic Ocean beckons one to explore, relax, and recharge. Boat tours and walking history tours offer glimpses into our past while enjoying the present. Waterfront parks offer sunset or sunrise views over channels surrounding Chincoteague Island; sightings of the Chincoteague wild ponies; delightful sounds of herons, egrets, seagulls and terns as they fish for the night’s dinner; and peaceful moments to simply watch the sparkling water.

Small town coastal charm is waiting for you. Begin your planning today at

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Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.