Lifeguarded beaches are available on both the Virginia and Maryland portions of Assateague Island.  Visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore for more information.  

At all other sites that are open for recreational use on Virginia’s seaside, visitors can swim along the shorelines AT THEIR OWN RISK. Most of Virginia’s barrier islands are remote with dynamic coastlines and inlets that are subject to quickly changing conditions including tides, winds, currents and fast changing weather.  Additionally, the majority of Virginia’s seaside has no facilities, amenities, or emergency services. When planning a trip, visit specific Site Pages to learn more about visitation policies.