Tangier Island Travel Guide

Tangier Island

Crab traps stacked 10 feet high, watermen's shanties on the water, and a landscape virtually devoid of modern commercialization characterize this Virginia island fishing community. Visitors love the unique dialect of English spoken here—a British drawl with some island-specific vocabulary, which resulted from historic isolation from the mainland. An overnight on Tangier Island is an experience. Ferry service to Tangier operates from Reedfield or Onancock, Virginia, or from Crisfield, Maryland. Note that Tangier Island is "dry"; you may bring your own alcohol for personal use, but you must use discretion.


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