Assateague Island is a short drive from the beach fronts of Ocean City, Maryland where ponies roam free!


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Five and a half hours away from NYC is Ocean City, Maryland – a family-friendly version of Atlantic City. Nearby is Assateague Island, a 37-mile long national seashore known for its wild ponies. I spent the day napping on the beach and watching the ponies roam right by me. I made a mental note to come back again and pitch a tent so I could sleep under the stars. It saves on hotel fees and it’s romantic. Plus, I can wake up to wild ponies on the beach!

There’s also camping, fishing, biking, crabbing, kayak tours and sightseeing cruises. Assateague Island is perfect for fresh air and outdoor activities. There are beaches with dunes that protect the marshes along the Chincoteague Bay and if you’re lucky, you just might catch sight of wild horses, deers, herons and so many other wildlife animals roaming free.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.