Assateague Island

OC’s Hidden Gem: Assateague Island

Escape to Island Life at Assateague

Looking to leave bustling Ocean City for the day? Take a trip across the Sinepuxent Bay Bridge and enjoy the island life! Just 10 miles south of Ocean City lays Assateague Island. At a quick glance, Assateague seems like any other state park with beautiful nature trails and an impressive nature center. However, this Island’s beaches are home to over 80 wild horses. While no one knows the true history of the “Assateague Ponies,” many myths have circulated – from being ship wrecked on the island to colonial farmers hiding the ponies from tax collectors. Yet, these ponies are just the beginning of the adventures in store at Assateague Island.

Delightful Day Trips

Just visiting the island for a day?  Stop by Assateague’s “Day‐Use” beach to enjoy pristine natural beauty and a variety of wildlife such as sika deer and waterfowl.  But a fair warning: with a full concession stand, qualified beach patrol, warm showers and bathrooms, you will never want to leave! Additionally, the state park offers 3 miles of multi-recreational beach that not only allows but encourages surfing, kayaking, and fishing. Open from 7:00 a.m. until sunset, in-state visitors pay $4 a person and out-of‐state visitors pay $6 a person for a day of fun.

Outstanding Overnight Stays

If one day is not enough for your family, check out the park’s 350 campsites, including pet-friendly areas.  Advanced reservations for campsites at ParkReservations.Maryland.gov are highly recommended, as these spots fill up fast.   In addition, Vantage has just added a new rental property to its inventory that is located directly across the Sinepuxent Bay from the island called Assateague Bay Retreat.  This expansive 4-BR, 4-BA, 5,000-SqFt, home is located on a beautifully-manicured 3-acre waterfront lot in the renowned golf community of Rum Pointe.  Completely luxurious inside and out, this pet-friendly property sleeps 14 and comes with lots of little extras such as kayaks, media room with gaming center, and beautiful views of the bay (and even the ocean from the top floor!)  While you’re here, be sure to check out all the wonderful activities available through the Assateague Island Visitor Center and the National Park Service that the whole family will enjoy:

  • Information sessions, including animal interactions
  • Kayaking tours
  • Paddleboard tours
  • Bird watching
  • Clamming, crabbing and fishing in the marina
  • Biking trails
  • Off‐road vehicle use
  • Junior beach patrol programs

So leave your worries behind and take a short drive from Ocean City to Assateague Island (10 miles) to see the wild ponies and enjoy a relaxing and adventurous island getaway.  Speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 or search over 500 vacation rentals of every size and budget at VantageOceanCity.com to reserve your perfect spot!