Do the Sandbar Shuttle with Capt. Carlton
The coolest thing on Chincoteague this season is taking the Sandbar Shuttle out to the mini barrier island and spending the day (you can spend an hour or spend the day) on the beach or in the water or fishing or playing with your dog (DON’T FORGET WATER AND A BOWL) or sometimes listening to a band that hops the shuttle, sets up and plays.
No, I haven’t been in the sun too long. Actually, out there it isn’t long enough. It’s idyllic – parking isn’t an issue because the water bus drops you off, crowds aren’t an issue because frankly, it’s not crowded, rough waves aren’t an issue because it’s warm water shallows. You need to bring food, you need to bring beverages, you need to bring your chairs and beach gear but is that really an issue?
So head down to Curtis Merritt Marina and go see Capt. Carlton Leonard, Island Cruises at Slip #53. Shuttles depart 10:00 a.m. , 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The last pickup from the Sandbar is at 5:00. Cost is $10.00 Adult, $5.00 for children 12 and under or $25.00 Family. Tickets are purchased at the dock – cash only.
About Capt. Carlton Leonard and Island Cruises: Carlton Leonard is a Chincoteague native with over 35 years of experience on the water. Island Cruises was started by Captain Carlton’s dad, Donald Leonard and George Taylor. It was the original boat tour company of Chincoteague Island and remains a family owned business to this day.
Island Cruises is also available for specialty cruises including dinner cruises and the Annual Pony Swim.
Reservations aren’t required for the Sandbar Shuttle but other activities require that you contact Island Cruises at 757-336-1796. You can visit their website at: CaptainCarlton.com