10 Reasons Why Emerald Isle is the Perfect Place to Vacation




*UPDATED AUGUST 2018

There are so many things to be grateful for, but one of the things we're most grateful for is the opportunity to live in such a beautiful, fun, and perfect area. Why is it so perfect, you ask? Well, we have listed just 10 (of the hundreds) of reasons why Emerald Isle is so wonderful. These are our reasons why, what are yours?


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1. Take a Walk to Remember

Do you love North Carolina author Nicholas Sparks and his books? Did you know you are so close to many of the beautiful coastal settings he writes about in many of those novels? You are! You can have a Walk to Remember of your very own with a Nicholas Sparks inspired trip of a lifetime. Emerald Isle is the best place to take a stroll along the coast. The sunny days fade into beautiful sunsets and the temperature always feels perfect. There are also some wonderful walking tours and trails that you can take in the surrounding Crystal Coast area while you are here on vacation in Emerald Isle.


2. Stay Healthy

Though vacation time is always a good excuse to splurge, it’s also a good time to think about your health. There are some great ways to stay healthy while on vacation. From checking out the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation center to trying out some healthy seafood, what better place to kick-start your healthy habits than at the beach? Get started off on the right foot with these best beach walking workouts.


3. Relax

The beach really is the best place to relax. From the soothing sound of the waves on the shore to the calming effects of the sand between your toes, the beaches of Emerald Isle will have you feeling relaxed in no time at all. Sun, sand, salt, and sea—is there really any better place to be? Nope! Put relaxation at the top of your beach vacation bucket list.


4. Fish

Fishing in Emerald Isle is one of the best things you can do while on vacation. The perfect combination of fun and relaxation, you can fish on the Bogue Inlet Pier, from a boat, or right from the shore. The sky (or rather the ocean) is the limit. Read up on all you need to know about fishing in Emerald Isle here.


5. Dine

From delicious local seafood to scrumptious bakeries, Emerald Isle has the best food around. Try something new while on your vacation, or take a suggestion from the locals on their favorite seafood dinner, but rest assured that it’s going to be delicious! Check out these Emerald Isle restaurants and good eats.






6. Hike

Hiking may not be something you associate with a beach location. But you should! It's not just for the mountains, you know. Walking along the beaches in Emerald Isle is a beautiful experience that you probably already do while on vacation, but did you know that there are also plenty of great hiking trails through some of the marshes and woods in the area? Well, there are and they are simply breathtaking! Read up on 8 of the best hiking trails on the Crystal Coast of NC.


7. Learn Something New

Though vacation time is usually the time to forget about school and work, there are some fun and interactive ways to learn something new while in Emerald Isle. With the Maritime Museum close by and the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, you can learn all about local sea life and history. You can also check out our slideshow: Betcha Didn't Know These 10 Things about Emerald Isle to learn more about local history.


8. Shop

If you need retail therapy, there are wonderful places to get your fix while in Emerald Isle. You can search through local treasures at antique shops or head over to Emerald Plantation for a fun day of shopping. We also have some exciting craft shows and exhibits pretty regularly in Emerald Isle, so stay tuned into our blog to keep updated!


9. Adventure

For all of the adventure lovers out there, Emerald Isle is the perfect place to satisfy your craving for some "daring do.” From kite surfing to paddle-boarding to epic biking trails, there are plenty of awesome adventures to be had while on your vacation. Take a look at these epic adventures on the Crystal Coast that are not for the faint of heart.


10. Take the Kids

If you are looking for the perfect place for the kids to have fun, explore, learn, and create, then Emerald Isle is the place to be. There are so many fun beach activities for kids while you are here that will keep your kids happy and healthy while on vacation. And as everyone knows, the beach is the best playground ever!



These are our reasons why Emerald Isle is the perfect place to vacation. Now we'd love to hear from you!



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