Welcome to Virginia's Eastern Shore
This long, flat peninsula is separated geographically by the Chesapeake Bay, but is also quite removed from the rest of Virginia in terms of its culture, which is slow-paced and distinctively maritime. The main pleasure on the Shore is exploring the backroads leading to the waterfront(s) – either the rough Atlantic or placid Chesapeake Bay. Sampling the fresh harvest from local oyster beds and clam shoals is a highlight.
The entire peninsula is known as Chincoteague, as is its main town, which is close to adjoining Assateague Island in Maryland. Tiny Tangier Island is in Chesapeake Bay, off Chincoteague's west shore.