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“My kind of beach: just a beach!”
Review of Assateague Beach

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

If you hate boardwalks, concessions, and noise . . . if you check tide tables and choose your beach time for the best low-tide boogie boarding and sandbar access . . . if you love dolphins, pelicans, coquinas, moon shells, skate and whelk egg cases . . . if you've got a kite (or if not, grab one from the Kite Koop on Main Street) . . . if you fancy the occasional ranger-guided nature talk/walk . . . if you've got a good book (or if not, hit Sundial Books on Main Street on your way): THIS IS THE PLACE. We're not supposed to build on barrier islands, and who knows how long direct beach access will last. If/when they start bussing folks over, that'll be it for us, with regret. But I've been frolicking here for 44 years and each year I am more in love with the place. Leave your drugs at home--there's a drug-sniffing dog, and while ranger Jim is delightful, that dog is fierce. Wish they'd provide receptacles for cigarettes, since smokers don't seem to know how to stash their own trash. When the winds are west, biting flies can be painful, so either stay in the water or stay home. Mornings are best and least crowded. Last week I was treading water out over the sandbar while a dolphin pod played and butted and tussled all of 15 yards away. Then one jumped totally out of the water and landed with a splat on its back. My moment of the year! The guarded beach can get crowded, but since you can't use flotation devices or swim out to the bar there, we go elsewhere. Take a long walk northward--only 30 miles or so to Ocean City, all of it National Seashore and undeveloped. Lovely.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Crowded beach. Too crowded in water for body surfing. Good parking. Pretty drive to beach - saw 2 bands of wild ponies. Went back in evening. Still plenty of people, some fishing, some surfing. Pleasant in evening

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Have been going regularly since the late 70's ....It's about 1.5 hours from home so we typicaly go several times per year - Big clean beaches, water for the mid-atlantic area is very nice and as clean as you are going to get it. Water is a little rough for the younger children - but there is plenty of area that they can play in the water before it gets deep. Take what you want with you - snacks, beverages, coolers as you will be about 8 miles from the main highway. There is a snack bar but haven't eatten there in many years. Very scenic, the ponies are a plus (except when they invade your camp and eat your food - which can even happen on the beach). This is actually and Island and in the area that you cross the mainland over there are two bridges, one for cars and the other for bikes and walkers. Take the time to walk or bike over the small bridge - more time to enjoy the scenic area and with the strong breeze in the water way it would be cool even on a hot day. The bathrooms and changing rooms are nice - spacious and as clean as you are going to find anywhere. Families, couples, big kids, little kids, groups, lots of variety and everyone seems to respect that it is a "park". We don't go to the state park when you first enter - hang a right go down a few miles and go into the Federal Park area. $15.00 for the car (no matter how many in the car) for a week - and only $30.00 for an annual pass - you can't beat that. Always a breeze, plenty of parking but it is a little hike to the beach so don't carry full coolers. Most people bring beach umbrellas for some shade. Great place to go, even if you can only visit once if you are in the area you should check it out and plan to stay for a few hours. Beats any of the beaches on the Delaware shoreline or the beach in Ocean City MD which is only 10 miles away by car. Please note: Assateague is actaully in Maryland by car.

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Reviewed 18 July 2013

We drove to Assateague beach, Virginia while we were staying in Bethany Beach, Delaware. It was actually a lovely, scenic drive- only took us about 1 1/2 hours to get there. We traveled with 4 teenage girls, who really enjoyed it too! When we first approached the white beach and looked across to the gorgeous ocean, it was breathtaking! Words cannot describe this lovely stretch of beach. There isn't a lot of beach but what's there is very clean, white sand, clean, blue green water. In fact if I didn't know better, I'd say we were at a Florida beach! The waves were perfect the day we were there, great for body surfing, boogie boards or surfing. There were quite a few surfers there that day! It was quiet, and peaceful- the only sounds were the crashing of the waves! Lots of shells to pick up too! I would highly recommend this beach if you like clean, white sand and that lovely blue green water! You can walk out a fair way into the ocean too before it gets deep, so perfect for riding those waves! There are bathroom/changing rooms nearby too. We brought a cooler with sandwiches and drinks as there is nothing nearby. I would recommend bringing this if you plan to stay for any length of time. Also it was over 90 degrees the day we were there so it helped to have a cold drink. Unfortunately we didn't spend enough time the day we visited to see the ponies- which we would have loved to have seen!

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Reviewed 18 July 2013

We have been visiting Chincoteague and Assateague since 1973. We happened to be there on Independence Day this year, with our daughter and her family, and our son, when NASA, from nearby Wallops Island launched a rocket toward the ocean. It was a rare treat, though their reason was scientific, not about celebrating. The ponies, the wildlife, the beautiful beach, wonderful Chincoteague, the whole National Park system, make this our favorite summer destination.

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