Beach + Island

Car-Free Destinations for Your Big Summer Trip

by Marisa Lascala

Tangier Island
Virginia

Virginia's Tangier Island has been a small fishing community for ages, going all the way back to when John Smith first noticed it in the early 1600s. The water is still the main draw here, and visitors take advantage, either by kayaking through the nature trails, heading out on a fishing boat, or touring the local crab shanties. Tangier Sound is the home of the soft-shell crab, and it's been reported that all but five percent of the nation's soft-shell crabs come from here. When you've worked up an appetite, you try some for yourself at the Fisherman's Corner Restaurant.

Getting Around: While you can rent a golf cart or take a buggy tour, Tangier Island's narrow streets and overall compactnessit's only about one mile wide and three miles longmake bicycling the perfect option for touring the island (particularly at sunset). You can reserve bikes ahead of time at Four Brothers Crab House & Ice Cream Deck.

Getting There: Though Tangier Island has its own airport for small aircraft (757-891-2496), you're better off sailing across the Chesapeake Bay on Ferry. The Chesapeake Breeze leaves from Reedville, Virginia, every day from May 4 to October 19, while the Steven Thomas makes the trip from Crisfield, Maryland.

FYI: Can't quite place that accent? It's been said that you can still hear Elizabethan English mixed into the native accent.

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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