Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful for Emerald Isle

Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful for Emerald Isle 

The month of November is always a good time to remind ourselves to be more thankful for the good things we get to enjoy in this life and to cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long. That is the intent of this week's blog post. Whether you live in Emerald Isle or vacation on our beaches, there's a lot to be thankful for either way. We've compiled our top ten list of reasons we are thankful for this beautiful barrier island that we are lucky enough to call home. See what's on our list and then let us know what's on yours.

1. All beach all the time.

Beach access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. What's not to love about that? There's loveliness to behold all year long on Emerald Isle and each season displays its unique coastal qualities: the busy summer beach vibe, the colorful fall splendor, the stark peace and quiet of winter, and the blossoming beauty of spring. Be thankful anytime you can be here on our beautiful shoreline. And if you're anything like us, you'll be wistful for Emerald Isle during the times you're not here.


2. Outdoor fun for everyone.

Outdoor Fun

 It may sound cliche, but there really is a little something for everyone on our North Carolina barrier island paradise. In addition to the inherent coastal beauty of Emerald Isle, the outdoor fun is limitless. Whether it's on the water, on the beach, on a fishing pier, on a boat, on a golf course, on a hiking trail, on a bikeā€”or whatever means get you outside to have fun in the fresh salty air, there are great outdoor adventures to be had. Choose your favorite or try something new!

3. History around every turn. 

We love our rich local history and maritime heritage found here. From our NC highway historical markers to historic Fort Macon, and everything in between, we're proud of our past. Interested in delving into more of our local history? Check out the Categories sidebar to the right of this blog page and click on our Crystal Coast History 101 section for all of our history-related posts. 

4. Coastal beauty as far as the eye can see.

Stroll the beach, go shelling, catch a sunrise and sunset over the water, or just step right outside your Emerald Isle vacation rental and you're guaranteed to see breathtaking coastal splendor as far as the eye can see. We love where we live! 

5. Warm, welcoming community.


The Town of Emerald Isle, its residents and its local businesses are happy to share their piece of island paradise with you. We welcome visitors and vacationers to our beaches year round and with open arms. Good ol' fashioned Southern hospitality is what you can expect to find with friendly faces, sincere smiles and everything you'd desire from a top North Carolina beach vacation destination. Our town motto is "Nice Matters", so that should tell you something. We truly believe that!

6. The best local events and festivals.

If you follow our Sun-Surf Realty blog on a weekly basis, and we sure hope you do, you already know that there are a lot of local events, festivals and family-friendly activities that are a perfect reflection of what Emerald Isle and the surrounding Crystal Coast region are all about. From the North Carolina Seafood Festival and the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival to the fishing tournaments, beach music festivals and more, there are always exciting local events to attend during your stay. 

7. Delicious local seafood.


From the boat to your plate, our fresh and delicious seafood is served up with some of the best scenery around. If you're dining out, don't be afraid to ask the question: Is the seafood local? If you prefer to catch the fish yourself, by all means go for it! Drop a line off the pier, from the beach, or off a boat and then bring your catch of the day back to your Emerald Isle rental and cook up a fabulous meal. You can read more about fishing in Emerald Isle here.

8. Amazing attractions.

Your Emerald Isle beach vacation puts you in right near some of the Crystal Coast's most amazing attractions. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon, the NC Maritime Museum, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and the wild horses of Shackleford Banks are some of the local favorites, but there are plenty more to discover during your Crystal Coast vacation.

9. Awesome day trips.

In addition to the amazing attractions, you are close and convenient to nearby towns, waterfronts and sightseeing you won't want to miss while you're here. The Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts, Swansboro-by-the-Sea, Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, and historic New Bern are only a few of the many day trip options that are easily reachable in under an hour from Emerald Isle. Seize the day and get out and explore the Crystal Coast of North Carolina while you're here. We'd also suggest reading about our Crystal Coast Bucket List items while you're at it. You won't want to miss these once-in-a-lifetime adventures! 

Beautiful Places

10. Beautiful places to stay.

We love our beach houses and Emerald Isle vacation rentals. They give you close and convenient beach and sound access without taking away from the natural coastal beauty of our shoreline. Whatever amenities you desire, you'll be able to have them.

Sun-Surf Realty makes sure that your vacation rental is the perfect blend of the comforts of home and the luxuries of a vacation. That equals the best Emerald Isle accommodations for you to enjoy. It's your vacation, you deserve it! You can find our complete list of Emerald Isle rentals here or search rentals by amenities to narrow down your options. Let us know if we can help!



Do you live or vacation in Emerald Isle, North Carolina? What are you most thankful for?


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