Frequently Asked Questions
How are we responding to Covid-19?
ALL tours will be private for just you and your group/family and will not include any other guests! During transportation in the vehicle, Andrew will be wearing a mask, with the vehicle being disinfected and cleaned before and after each tour. We do not require but recommend face coverings while inside the vehicle if you feel that is best. Our beach day and experience has always been away from the crowds and other people, which will continue to be the case. We greatly appreciate your understanding during these ever-changing times, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Why Assateague Island Tours?
It's all about the experience. Assateague Island has become a very popular destination, and for good reason. But that also means long lines, crowded beaches and full parking lots. You're on vacation, which is the time to relax, escape, and turn off your mind. Leave the planning and packing to us, reenergize, adventure, and enjoy your time with family and friends. We are with you the entire trip to make your experience fun, special, and unforgettable.
At least 10% of all proceeds go directly back to the National Park Service and Assateague Island. We are the only provider of recreational activities via private vehicle for Assateague Island National Seashore and the OSV.
Will we see the Assateague Island horses?
Throughout our years of traveling to Assateague Island we have seen the horses on each and every trip, and we will do our best to ensure that you see the horses while visiting. However, they are wild and unpredictable animals, and we cannot guarantee seeing them during the day.
Are the tours good for children / What about car seats?
Absolutely! Children ages 2-5 are free. Please bring your child's car or booster seat and arrive 10 minutes early so we can install the seat in our vehicle for the duration of the tour. Please remember that we will be doing off-roading at a slow pace, and there will be some bumps involved. Please call us to discuss if you have any concerns or questions.
Children 15 & under get 25% off all tours. Apart from the wild horses, all our tours include beach games and beach supplies for your children to have an amazing experience. They can build a sandcastle, swim, boogie board, surf, roast marshmallows for s'mores, and play frisbee, bocce, paddleball, football, and more!
Can we bring dogs?
Dogs are permitted in certain parts of Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland) and are welcome on custom tours. Please contact us first to let us know the size of your group and the breed / size of your pet. Dogs must remain on a six-foot leash at all times.
Is the tour safe?
Yes! We have the properly equipped vehicle and equipment, and maintain a slow speed while driving on the beach. Please check out the link below from the National Park Service for more information about visiting Assateague Island National Seashore.
Do you provide surf lessons?
If you are interested in learning how to surf, please let us know before booking! Also check out our link to custom guided surf trips.
What vehicle does the tour use and how many people can it hold?
We use a Toyota Sequoia that is properly insured and equipped to drive the beach. Maximum occupancy is 7, where each passenger will be in a seat with a seatbelt.
Will there be other people in the vehicle?
Due to Covid-19, ALL tours are now private for just you and your family/group.
Do you offer custom tours?
Yes! We offer custom Assateague Island day tours where you can book out the entire day for you and your group. We also provide tours for horse photographers, birders, and more. Give us a call, shoot us a text or send us an email to discuss what you'd like to do on Assateague.
How many people can join the tour?
We currently offer day trips for groups up to 7. For larger groups, please call or text us!
What is Assateague Island OSV?
OSV is an acronym for “Over Sand Vehicle”. It is an area of miles of untouched beach on Assateague Island where properly equipped and permitted vehicles can operate. Extra fees and equipment are required to access this part of Assateague Island. It also has vehicle limits at all times, which allows for a more tranquil and truly unique experience for those who visit.
What if the OSV is closed?
The National Park Service occasionally closes the OSV zone due to over wash or hazardous conditions. If this is the case, we can still visit Assateague Island or reschedule the tour.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please understand that we make many financial and scheduling commitments to run the tour. We offer full refunds if cancelled more than 5 days prior to the start date. Within 5 days, we are unable to offer refunds.
What if Assateague Island Tours cancels?
If the tour is cancelled due to weather or OSV closures, we will reschedule the tour or offer a refund. Scattered storms during the summer can be forecasted, but often don't come or pass through quickly. We watch the weather and radar closely. For a morning or midday tour we will make the call the night before, with our sunset tour being decided the day of.
What if I need to use the restroom?
There are restroom facilities throughout the park, however once we enter the OSV it is true nature. If you have concerns about the availability of restroom facilities during the tour, please speak to Andrew privately before you depart. There are porta potties available.
When is the best time to visit Assateague Island National Seashore?
Assateague is open year round! Most visitors come in the summer, but the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) and even winter can be better times to visit to escape the heat, bugs, and crowds.
Spring: Sunny, cool temperatures, light crowds, little to no bugs, wetsuit needed to enter water (we can provide).
Summer: Sunny, hotter temperatures, bigger crowds (especially holidays and weekends).
Fall: Sunny and sometimes cloudy with cool temperatures ranging from the 50s to 70s. Great surf, no bugs, light crowds.
Winter: Cool to cold with temperatures ranging from the 20s to the 40s. Great surf, no bugs, little to no crowds.