Assateague is a skinny island just south of Ocean City in Maryland. Where Ocean City was all tourist attractions and (probably) trucked-in sand, the beaches along Assateague are natural and wild. The northern part of Assateague Island is in Maryland and hosts both Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore. The southern end of the island is in Virginia and hosts the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Assateague is perhaps best known for the wild ponies that roam it. I’ll share some pony photos soon, but for now, just enjoy the beach.

The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park

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12 responses to “The beach at Assateague”

  1. DougD Avatar

    Brrr, looks cold..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It was!

  2. Dan James Avatar

    Beautiful beach! Is it always that deserted or were you just there at an off peak time? If only British beaches were so unpopulated…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      This was our first time so I don’t know how busy it can get. We did visit in the off season and while we were here only one other car with 2-3 people was present. Perfect!

  3. Heide Avatar

    What a stunning set of images, Jim. I love the strong horizontal lines in your compositions — such a clear demarcation between land and sea. And I echo Dan James’ curiosity: It the beach always this quiet? It looks like heaven …

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! Horizontal likes make me 😀. I have to think this beach gets full in the summer. But on this chilly early April day it was almost deserted.

  4. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Beautiful photos – loved the one with the fence.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! The fence shot seems to be the winner of the set.

  5. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Beautiful series here Jim!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you!

  6. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I also like the one with the fence, but I think my favorite is the one with the two people, because you can see them leaning into the wind just a little.

    I’ve been to the beach on Lake Michigan a couple of times in the winter, and these remind me of that. Beautiful, but too cold to stay long.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh yes Lake Michigan. I grew up within reasonable driving distance of its beaches. Takes forever in season for the water to warm up!

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