Discover More of North Carolina on Fantastic Day Trips


One of the best parts of a vacation is exploring a new destination. Emerald Isle is full of unique activities and attractions to explore. Spend the day on the beach looking for shells or riding the waves on a boat rental. When you rent from Sun-Surf Realty, you'll have the perfect home base for your adventures. See all the North Carolina coast has to offer by embarking on day trips that are just a quick drive away from your rental. You'll be able to see the sites before returning to Emerald Isle for the night.

Emerald Isle to Pine Knoll Shores: 14 Minutes

Roughly 15 minutes from your vacation rental sits Pine Knoll Shores. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium to discover a variety of sea creatures like a white sea turtle or stingray. Walk along the trails throughout the area, like the Roosevelt Nature Trail or Alice Hoffman Nature Trail. Leave plenty of time to explore the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, one of the few maritime forests left on North Carolina's barrier islands.

Emerald Isle to Beaufort: 35 Minutes

Get on Highway 58 North and drive to Beaufort to visit the third-oldest town in the state. There's plenty to explore, like the North Carolina Maritime Museum or the two-acre historic site, which features six authentically restored buildings. If you're planning to visit on a Saturday, stop by the farmers market on the courthouse lawn to grab snacks for the day or local produce to use when making dinner back at your rental.

Emerald Isle to Jacksonville: 45 Minutes

Drive west from Emerald Isle, and you'll hit Jacksonville. Home to Camp Lejeune, this town is full of fun places to explore. Stop by Freedom Fountain or the Lejeune Memorial Gardens. See the oldest home in Jacksonville, the Pelletier House. If kids are part of the group, be sure to stop by Zing Zumm Children's Museum. There's plenty to explore by just wandering around town, so it's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.

Relax Back at Your Rental from Sun-Surf Realty

After a day exploring the towns around Emerald Isle, rest easy back at your cozy rental from Sun-Surf Realty. With over 100 vacation rentals to pick from, we have a rental that's perfect for your North Carolina getaway. You'll have all the comforts of home while relaxing along the water. Learn more about reserving your stay at one of our Crystal Coast accommodations by calling 800-553-7873.



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