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10 Emerald Isle Activities for a Fall Getaway

Photo of a dock on the water in Emerald Isle with the blog title over it

10 Emerald Isle Activities for a Fall Getaway

Although summer is technically over, the warm temperatures remain on the Crystal Coast. Are you looking to extend your summer vacation just a bit longer? Then you’ve come to the right place! 

As seasonal beachgoers pack their bags, mild fall days welcome those looking to beat the summer heat of North Carolina. Take a break from the ordinary and join us at one of our charming beach communities on the Crystal Coast. Here are 10 Emerald Isle activities you can do while you’re visiting our slice of paradise this fall. 

Check Out These Emerald Isle Activities:

1. Go For a Hike

Experience the sights and sounds of nature on a scenic hike at Emerald Isle Woods Park. This 41-acre park includes walking and natural birding trails where you can spot osprey, egrets, wading birds, woodpeckers, and other shorebirds. Or choose to play disc golf with the family on the 9-hole course at the park. 

2. Relax at the Beach

Summer lasts a bit longer on the Crystal Coast, and so does relaxing on the beach. On the westernmost section of Emerald Isle, you can find the local’s favorite beach at The Point. Relax in the sand for incredible fall sunsets or bring your camera and snap some excellent photos at the beach. 

3. Spend Time on the Water

It wouldn’t be a trip to Emerald Isle without spending time on the water. We recommend checking out Hot Wax Surf Shop if you are interested in renting a surfboard, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. They also offer a guided excursion to Cedar Point Recreation Area, surf lessons, and kayak fishing. This surf shop is a one-stop destination for anything water-related. 

4. Activities for Kids

Emerald Isle is a popular destination for families and has several activities the kids will love. Play a round of miniature golf together at Emerald Forest Golf, and then head inside for ice cream afterward. Or see who will win a go-kart race at Fun World Motorsports

5. Fishing, Fishing, and More Fishing

The fishing heats up in Emerald Isle as temperatures cool down and anglers flock to the shores. Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier is an excellent spot for in-shore fishing when you purchase their daily fishing pass. You can also choose a guided fishing charter with Capt. Stacy Fishing Center. Adults and kids alike will love spending a day fishing when vacationing to North Carolina.

6. Stop for Delicious Seafood

North Carolina has a rich culinary tradition revolving around seafood, and the cuisine is an essential part of the Crystal Coast lifestyle. Stop for a romantic dinner and enjoy locally sourced seafood at Caribsea. Or visit Flipperz Family Bar and Grill if you are visiting Emerald Isle on a family vacation. 

7. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Are you looking for some retail therapy or a great souvenir to bring home with you? Stop by Emerald Plantation Shopping Center and browse the gift shop and homemade fudge at Elly’s Gifts. Fall in love with surfing during your trip? Bring home your very own surfboard from South Swell Surf Shop

8. Plan a Picnic in the Park

The mild temperatures this time of year provide the perfect setting for a picnic in the park. Blue Heron Park includes a picnic pavilion and gazebo for the perfect picnic setting. And after lunch, the kids can play on the playground or basketball court here. 

9. Rejuvenate at the Spa

Spend an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation at a local spa. Nurture your mind, body, and soul at Wellness Massage and Yoga with a therapeutic massage or relaxing yoga class. Leave your vacation feeling refreshed and ready for anything when you visit this day spa. 

10. End the Day with a Drink

Looking for a great spot to end the day? Why not check out The Growler Bar for craft beer and fine wine in Emerald Isle. Sip on a craft brew and listen to live music on Saturdays and Sundays. This bar is a great place to wrap up an afternoon of Emerald Isle activities before heading back to your Bluewater vacation rental.

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Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Now that you’ve read about all of the Emerald Isle activities you can do on the Crystal Coast, it’s time to start thinking about where to stay. When you choose Bluewater Vacation Rentals to host your vacation, you will be within close proximity to the area’s shops, restaurants, and activities. 

Our Pebble Beach vacation rentals include direct access to the Atlantic Ocean and incredible views from inside the condos. Browse all of our Emerald Isle vacation rentals, and we’ll see you at the beach!

What Emerald Isle activity would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

man swinging a golf club on the crystal coast of nc

Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

If you love golf, I bet when you think of a golf vacation, places like California or Florida are probably the first places that come to mind. But, if you haven’t considered North Carolina’s Crystal Coast as a golf destination, put it on your list, now.

North Carolina has been a golf destination since the 1890s, and the legendary Pinehurst course has been dubbed the “Home of American Golf.” There are hundreds of golf courses in the state, but one of the most underrated places to play is on the Crystal Coast. The breathtaking coastal landscapes combined with the excellent beaches and mild weather truly make it a golfer’s paradise.

Golf vacations have become a popular way for tourists to unwind and experience new places. And, golf is much more than just a fun activity; it has excellent mental and physical health benefits. These benefits include reducing stress, maintaining mental alertness, and exercise. We’re sharing a few reasons why you should plan a golf vacation in North Carolina, specifically on the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Golf Courses

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Golf lovers, put the Crystal Coast on your radar. There are dozens of golf courses, both on the coast and within short driving distance, you can choose from, ranging from beginner to championship courses. We invite you to explore our scenic courses and experience everything our slice of paradise has to offer. So why not start planning a Crystal Coast golf vacation? It’s good for your health!

Crystal Coast Country Club

The Crystal Coast Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course in Pine Knoll Shores. The beautiful rolling terrain here provides a picturesque background for your day at the course. You can play on the newly renovated championship golf course, fit with new tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, and more. And when you’re ready to play, you can book your tee time at Crystal Coast Country Club here.

Star Hill Golf Club

The fairways of Star Hill Golf Club have been a favorite spot to golf on the Crystal Coast for over 50 years. This challenging golf course in Cape Carteret features 27 holes on beautiful greens. All rates include a golf cart, and the course is open, rain or shine. Call (252) 393-8111 to reserve your tee time at Star Hill Golf Club, a favorite among locals. 

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

Golfers of any skill level will love playing a round of golf at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. There are even junior holes perfect for beginners or young children, so you could even make your golf vacation a family golf vacation! The newly renovated greens recently reopened so now you can play the entire course once again. If you’re interested, you can find the Brandywine Bay Golf Club rates here. 

Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

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Now that you’ve read about a few of the Crystal Coast’s golf courses, it’s time to start planning your North Carolina vacation. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting for your getaway. Whether you’re visiting the Crystal Coast on your own, as a couple, or if you’re traveling with a bigger group, you’ll find something everyone can enjoy! Browse all of our properties here, and we’ll see you on the golf course!

Have you been golfing on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite courses in the comments below!