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Emerald Isle Voted Best Beach in North Carolina!

Celebrating Emerald Isle – Voted Best Beach in North Carolina

In a recent poll from USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards – Emerald Isle was voted best beach in North Carolina. This is a great achievement and recognizes the beauty and serenity that our coastal town offers. It’s clear to see that locals take pride in keeping their beach clean, with organizations like the Surfrider Foundation organizing monthly ‘Beach Sweeps’ to pick up litter and spread the word to visitors about ‘Leaving Only Footprints.’

Points of Interest While Visiting Emerald Isle

The beach is obviously a hot spot for travelers and residents alike, but there are plenty of other amenities to take advantage of – whether you’re here for a week or a lifetime.

The 12-mile Multi-Use Path is a great way for families to get around town without loading up the car. For those dedicated individuals who can’t miss a run- it’s also a great way to burn some calories.  Even if you’re just cruising on a bike to a local restaurant, or walking to your favorite bar- there’s always a reason to take advantage of the bike path!

The multiple access points to the marshlands and Intracoastal Waterway also make Emerald Isle a great destination for water-sports enthusiasts. With the largest public boat ramp in the state- boaters can spend a relaxing day on the water, without the hassle of wondering if a parking spot will be available for their trailer. If you prefer a more laid-back experience on the water- kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding are very popular and easy to rent. You can even schedule a guided tour if you’d prefer to be joined by someone with some local knowledge and experience.

For those searching for kid-friendly options, the Jean Preston Memorial Playground is adjacent to the NC Wildlife Boat Ramp at 6800 Emerald Drive. As an all-inclusive playground, there is specialized equipment designed for all types of children, including those with disabilities.

Atlantic Beach Ranked Fourth Best Beach

EI isn’t the only Crystal Coast community recognized for its beauty, Atlantic Beach was ranked fourth best beach in the same poll. With a town-sanctioned skate park, mini-golf course, and children’s splash pad, Atlantic Beach has an abundance of fun offerings for the whole family! You can also check out the new hot spots at The Circle, or explore the history and walking trials at Fort Macon.

We’re proud to have an office presence in both of these beautiful North Carolina beach communities – Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. If you’re interested in relocating to or investing in a property at one of the top beaches in North Carolina, or a surrounding area- come see us and we’ll be happy to work with you!

To see who else made the list, you can view the Top 10 rankings at: Best North Carolina Beach 2018  

What’s your favorite Crystal Coast Beach? Let us know in the comments.

Fort Macon Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts in the Fort

Fort Macon summer concerts are a great way to enjoy some local music while exploring a piece of history. Every Friday during the summer you can find local bands performing in the fort. Locals and vacationers both enjoy these relaxing events. Many bring food and drinks to enjoy during the performances. Be sure to check out the below schedule and find the perfect evening to explore the fort and enjoy some music.

All concerts are free although donations are welcomed to help maintain the fort. Currently donations are being used for repairs due to Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Doors open early for picnickers. Just in case it rains the concerts will be held inside the Visitor Center at the Fort. Don’t forget to bring folding chairs or a blanket to relax on and enjoy the music!

FRIDAYS — 6:30 to 8 PM

Jun 28     Telluride, Beach, Bluegrass, Country
Jul 12       Saltwater Gold, Favorite dance music
Jul 26       Fab – The Band, Beach, Classic Motown
Aug  2       Wild Honey, Country Rock & Blues

2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Swansboro touch a truck event

Swansboro 2018 Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck in Swansboro, NC happens every year and is a FREE event you won’t want to miss. Trucks, Bubbles, Games, Giveaways, and all kinds of child-friendly activities.

My 10-month-old was more than visually stimulated and EXHAUSTED by the time we walked to the Mexican restaurant next to the park for lunch. And my two-year-old did EVERYTHING. He was so excited to be out on such a beautiful day and see excavators up close and play on the playground in Swansboro. The Touch a Truck event is a must-do and hands down the best family fun during the Spring in Swansboro, NC.

Side note: Did you see those little ones in the bubble machine. I was so happy Jett was happy with just running through up to his knees. HA!

From the town –

The Swansboro Parks and Recreation Department will host its 7th Annual Touch a Truck event on April 18, 2020, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Swansboro Municipal Park (830 Main St Ext.) Touch a Truck. This event provides a unique opportunity for those young and young at heart to explore, climb, touch, learn what the trucks do, how they work, and how they benefit our community. This is your chance to climb in, take a seat behind the steering wheel and imagine being the driver of a fire engine, ambulance, bobcat, and many, many more! Bring out the entire family for a day of fun and hands-on vehicle exploration. We will have TapSnap on-site for photos!

Bring your vehicle to the event:

Do you or your company have a unique vehicle that you would like to share with the community at the Touch a Truck event? If so, contact the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Department for more information. (910) 326-2600.