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Tangier Island

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Address: Tangier Island, VA
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An island located in the Chesapeake where families make living by...

An island located in the Chesapeake where families make living by oystering; unpretentious and away-from-it-all.

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Better than Smith Island

We visited Tangier Island a week after going over to Smith Island. This is a different and more rewarding experience. Visitors are welcomed, the island has a vibrant community... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
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Bristol, England
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé and I visited the island on the recommendation of a friend. I have since reconsidered my friendship with this person. The island has a unique history that is fun to learn about but after the 15 minutes it takes to learn the history there is literally nothing to do. We didn't even have the option to ply ourselves... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tangier Island has gotten a lot of hype because it is disappearing. However, don't bother putting it on your list of places to visit. There's nothing there but annoying flies that sting. It's '2/3 marshland and nothing to write home about. The ferry ride is nice but there's no there there.

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Thank DeeDeeO727
Livingston, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I loved visiting this place, so much history so much to see. Wished we had just another hour so I can see a bit more.

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Thank Yindella
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great walk to stretch. Bike and carts for rent. You must must must come hungry...Excellent restaurant called Lorraines

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1 Thank Ginger W
Quantico, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The folks at Tangier Island Cruises were very friendly and casual. Our boat wasn't running that day but they made sure we got on the Mail boat The Courtney Thomas. Allen was as friendly as can be and very attentive to his passengers and their safety.:) Great experience and got to ride over with all the goods! Fun time!!

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Thank Stacy C
Bristol, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We visited Tangier Island a week after going over to Smith Island. This is a different and more rewarding experience. Visitors are welcomed, the island has a vibrant community and the experience is rewarding. When we were there (on a day trip) some of the island was under water due to unusually high tides and heavy rain during the preceding... More 

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Thank Chris H
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I don't think I've been anywhere in this world where people were so friendly, happy and laid back. It was awesome. I felt like we made friends for life. They will always be in my heart and prayers. My husband and I joked that there were more dead people on the island than living and my husband said it's because... More 

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Thank Sharon C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Tangier Island may produce some of the first refugees from climate change in the USA. The island is slowly disappearing, and with it, the way of life in this unique community. It is completely worth spending a day to explore it if you are in the area (Chincoteague/Eastern Shore). I wasn't sure about going here but I really enjoyed my... More 

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

A very quaint island full of history! Bicycles and golf carts available but not a lot to do after a day or so. Efforts are being made to save the Island.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I have always wanted to visit, so this weekend we took a boat from Reedville, VA. We went to walk, so we skipped the golf cart tours. Walked down one side of the island to the beach and back up the other on the main road. Nice shops, good restaurants. Lots of history here. Also geocaching available for those inclined.

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