We're putting the spotlight on summer on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina where beautiful beaches abound, the Atlantic Ocean is your constant companion, and the smell of the salty air makes you feel right at home on the Southern Outer Banks. We're featuring the highlights of summer in Emerald Isle and beyond its borders into the neighboring coastal towns, all which are primed and ready for the summer beach season.
Here's the best of the Crystal Coast with summer highlights you won't want to miss. Hope to see you soon!
Emerald Isle Beach Report
During the summer months, the average air temperatures are in the mid to high 80s (Fahrenheit) during the day and 60s-70s at night.
During the summer months, the average water temperatures are in the upper 70s to low 80s.
What are the best beach activities for low tide? How about high tide? Follow the link to find everything you need to know about the tides in Emerald Isle.
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10a.m. to 5p.m. from late May through early September at the Western and Eastern beach access points.
Sea turtle nesting and hatching season runs from May 1 through October 31 in Emerald Isle.
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier is conveniently located in Emerald Isle and offers fishing and so much more. Bogue Inlet Pier starts the 2017 summer season with a complete reset. Experience the completely new pier house with the latest convenience items, improved rest room facilities, and walkways. Check it out!
Emerald Isle beaches are pet-friendly and dog-approved. Just remember to adhere to the leash laws and to pick up after your pet.
Big Events on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina
Kick off the summer beach season with us and enjoy some quality family time, rest and relaxation, plus all of the fun in the sun your heart desires. Put aside some time to attend a Memorial Day ceremony and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Swansboro, NC is a short drive across the bridge from Emerald Isle and annually holds it Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Fishing Tournament on Memorial Day weekend. They've been hosting it for many years. Come see the reel fun that's in store for you this year.
This is a fairly new event on the Crystal Coast of NC, but one that is quickly gaining traction and popularity. It's held in nearby Atlantic Beach and an event you'll want to put on your calendar for sure.
Two free summer concert series where you can enjoy the best local and regional live music by the sea. It's the perfect way to spend your coastal evenings. SwanFest happens seasonally throughout the summer months on Sunday evenings and EmeraldFest runs on Thursday evenings during the summer months.
Enjoy live musical concerts in a scenic and historic setting. Fort Macon hosts the Summer Concerts in the Fort series every summer on select evenings beginning at 6:30p.m.
Give dad the gift of the beach this year. Father's Day will be here before you know it. Why not plan something extra special this year?
June on the Crystal Coast means it's time for Big Rock. Approaching its 60th year, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a local and visitor favorite event. Come on down to the weigh station in Morehead City and see what the boats bring in. Big fish, big fun, big excitement!
This annual walking tour of private historic homes, gardens, churches and historic places is the last full weekend in June. Private homes, Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, music concerts and an antique car show are all highlights of this signature event. Also make time for the Antiques Show going on the same weekend at the Civic Center in Morehead City.
Fourth of July fireworks and festivities take place throughout the Crystal Coast. Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Swansboro and Emerald Isle regularly have evening fireworks, and Beaufort has a great "small-town" morning parade that is followed by a community picnic on the courthouse lawn with free ice cream and live music.
Since its inaugural year in 1989, the NCDU Billfish Tournament has produced some memorable and enviable results within the communities of both N.C. Ducks Unlimited and the avid tournament sportfishermen in the state.
Come join in the fun at the annual CedarFest event. Crafts, music, food, and more!
The Beaufort Pirate Invasion is a reenactment of an event that happened in Beaufort in 1747, when the town was caught up in a battle to defend itself from Spanish privateers. This favorite annual event highlights this unique and historical event of victory. The story unfolds on the waterfront at Taylor’s Creek, throughout town and around a pirate encampment located on the Beaufort Historical Grounds. Professional pirate re-enactors, villagers and merchants roam throughout town creating a historical and piratical presence for pirate enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy.
Celebrate the symbolic end of summer in the best way possible—on the beach, of course! Enjoy Labor Day in Emerald Isle and savor the last drops of the summer season.
Summer Activities & Things To Do on the Crystal Coast
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the area is to hop aboard a sightseeing or dinner cruise or take a tour of the Crystal Coast. There are plenty to choose from and each offers its own unique flair when it comes to showing you the coastal highlights.
You can shop 'til you drop at all of the one-of-kind beach shops that dot our coastline. Each town has something interesting to offer and you'll find everything you need from gifts and mementos to local artwork and clothing.
So many amazing restaurants, so little time! The Crystal Coast offers up some of the most delicious local bounty and fresh seafood, along with farm fresh goodness right to your table. Visit your favorite Crystal Coast restaurant or try something new.
From hiking and biking to walking and paddling, there are so many wonderful ways to explore Emerald Isle and the surrounding Crystal Coast region.
Surfing, charter fishing, kayaking, canoeing, SUP-ing, water skiing, jet skiing and more—you name the watersport and we've got! Which one are you going to do this time?
If you have the time to venture a little farther out and explore the towns and sights beyond the immediate area, please do! The Crystal Coast offers many day trips that can be easily done in a day's time from your accommodations in Emerald Isle.
Best Beach Accommodations
Awesome Atlantic Ocean views, the best vacation amenities and the beach right outside your door. What more could you want?
Enjoy the calm soundside waters, have access to your own boat dock, and still be close enough to the beach and ocean. It's the best of both worlds in an Emerald Isle soundside rental.
Take full advantage of the perks of an Emerald Isle condo like pool access, all of the amenities you need, and all of the best locations on the island.
Don't leave your dog behind as you leave to enjoy an Emerald Isle vacation. Bring him along and stay in a place where both you and your pooch are welcome and can feel right at home.
You don't have to break the budget on a beach vacation! Check out our ongoing vacation rental specials and find the right one for you.
It's never too early or too late to start planning your next summer beach vacation on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Happy Summer!
Cheers to the best of what the Crystal Coast has to offer you this summer. What's your favorite thing about the summer beach season? We want to know!