Emerald Isle, North Carolina, United States
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Emerald Isle Information

About Emerald Isle

The westernmost thirteen miles of the Bogue Banks barrier island of the Southern Outer Banks is where you’ll find Emerald Isle. The population (in 2010) was around 3,600, but during the summer season, that number can balloon to over 50,000. Instead of building ocean-front resorts and skyscrapers, though, Emerald Isle has remained fairly family-oriented and has kept its neighborhood-feel in tact.

Emerald Isle is a beach-lover’s paradise. With stretches of wide shoreline and plenty of activities to do at the beach, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself here. The island is the perfect getaway for the family, a group of friends, or even a solo trip.

Things to do in Emerald Isle

If you’ve ever wanted to try paddle boarding but haven’t found the time, Emerald Isle is the place to do it. Through Flatwater Paddling, you can rent paddleboards and get a quick 15-minute guided instruction to teach you everything you need to know before heading out to uninhabited Wood Island. The island served as a target for bomb practice in the early 1930s, and a paddle board ride out to explore it is a great way to start your day. Through Carolina Kitesurfing, you can also take kitesurfing lessons, rent paddle boards, or take a group tour on either.

Water Boggan of Emerald Isle is a great place for the whole family, offering tube and mat water slides for the kids and a deck lounge area for adults. Head to The Point, where the ocean and the Bogue Sound meet. Visitors love to lounge on the beach, bike along the road, and collect shells here. The view, though, is what brings most people. Come at sunrise or sunset for an incredible view.

Day Trips from Emerald Isle

Just under an hour’s drive from Emerald Isle lies Croatan National Forest. The nearly 160,000 acres that comprise this forest make it the only true coastal forest eat of the Mississippi River. Developed hiking trails, long stretches of sandy swimming beaches, marshes, fishing areas, and a variety of wildlife make the Croatan National Forest a perfect day trip.

A bit longer to travel, Bald Head Island is home to the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. The island is about a 3-hour drive from Emerald Isle and the is accessible only by ferry. Once you’ve stepped off the ferry, though, you’ll have plenty of history to explore. The island has the Smith Island Museum of History which provides visitors with the history of lighthouse keeping, pirates, and more. The lighthouse itself is 108 steps high. Climb to the top and up a ship’s ladder into the lanthorn, or lantern, room for a unique view of the island.

Transportation in Emerald Isle

If you’re traveling from out-of-state, fly into Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville, North Carolina and rent a car. From the airport, it’s just a 45-minute drive to Emerald Isle. If you’d rather not rent a car, you could also take a taxi or shuttle service from the airport.

Once you’re in Emerald Isle, you’ll often see locals and visitors on bikes cruising around the town. Bike rental shops are easy enough to find, but you can always go to Highway 58 Bicycles if you have trouble finding one. Paddle boarding is another way to travel here, as you can get almost anywhere on the shoreline via paddleboard. Kayaking and canoeing remain another option, as well as some good, old-fashioned walking.

Emerald Isle Accommodations

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Between the southern charm and beach town atmosphere, Emerald Isle seems to have it all. For food and entertainment, the same is true. On a hot, summer day, head to Sweet Spot and try some homemade ice cream. With flavors like Oatmeal Cookie and Moose Tracks, this place has people of all ages coming back time and again. The Banks Grill, short bike ride away in Morehead City is a crowd pleaser. They make everything from fried chicken and waffles to some of the best seafood in the Outer Banks. For some shopping, stop by the Emerald Plantation and check out the gifts and souvenirs each shop has to offer.

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Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle

Looking for a vacation rental in Emerald Isle? Tripping.com has 588 vacation rental homes available in Emerald Isle. You'll find 1 studios, 39 1-bedroom, 78 2-bedroom and 470 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $50 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.

The average price of a nightly rental in Emerald Isle is $328 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Emerald Isle home is $25.

Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 167 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Emerald Isle. In addition to accommodating pets, Emerald Isle rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 564 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 574 have TV and/or cable and 191 have a pool or hot tub.

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