Tangier Island is a romantic destination for those
who would see a largely unspoiled fishing village with
its quaint narrow streets. Come take a step back in time and visit Tangier Island today!
Tangier Island is dubbed the "soft crab capital" of the nation,
it has the best seafood available. Although modernization
has come to the Island, it still has not lost its charm.
The people of Tangier, who speak with a lingering trace
of Elizabethan accent, are warm, friendly and proud
of their Island. They live here because they like the
lifestyle of Tangier and have no desire to live on the
In 1608 Capt. John Smith sailed up the Chesapeake Bay
and landed at a small island he named Tangier Islands. For many
years Tangier was the hunting and fishing grounds of
the Pocomoke Indians, but in 1666 a Mr. West bought
the island from the Indians for two overcoats. He sold
part of it to John Crockett who settled there in 1686
with his family. The rich oyster and crab grounds surrounding
the Island drew early settlers to this remote spot.
Tangier Island is located in Accomack County. It is currently
populated by 650 people. It has its own school system,
kindergarten through 12th grade. It can even generate
it own electricity, even though is still has an underwater
cable from the mainland for emergencies. The tallest
structure on the island is its water tower, which is
feed from 12 artesian wells dug around the island. The
island is on average about 5 feet above sea level. There
is no doctor on the island, but a large medical center
is now being built, opening in later 09’. Tangier Island
even has its own airport that we renovated in 2000.
Read a deatailed history about the Tangier
On your visit to Tangier Island you can enjoy one of the many award winning Tangier Island Resturants, or spend the night in some of the oldest homes on the Island by booking a room in a Bed and Breakfast. Their are numerous gift shops and craft stores to make your visit memoriable. You can also explore the Tangier Island museum to take a step back in time and relish in the diverse history of hard work that comes from living on a remote Island.
2013 Schedule and Rates:
• May 4th - October 12th everyday
• Cruise leaves Reedville at 10 am and returns
at approximately 4:00 pm
• Cruises are $27.00 for adults, $15.00 for children
for same day return
• Cruises are $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for children
for overnight stays.
Group rates are also available
Please note that any trip to
the island may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions
or due to a lack of participation.
Book your reservations to Tangier Island today!
Or call us at 804-453-BOAT(2628)