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New Check-In Procedures

check-in procedures for vacation rentals

We now have new check-in procedures for the safety and protection of our guests, homeowners, and staff. We hope you are ready for your Bluewater Vacation on the Crystal Coast!

We are taking extra precautions by assuring that each property is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by using top-of-the-line cleaning supplies and following strict protocols to ensure all rental units are safe and clean. We are ensuring our staff is staying well-informed and updated with any changes, taking guidance from the CDC toward our next steps, and asking our guests, owners, and third-party vendors to limit foot-traffic in both our Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach offices.

No New Check-In Procedures Keyless Check-Ins:

If you are checking into a keyless property, your check-in procedures have NOT changed. Please go directly to your vacation rental and use your keyless code to access your vacation rental property beginning at 3:00 PM on your check-in date.

Important Changes for Keyed Check-In Procedures:

If you are checking into a Keyed property, you will still arrive at our offices during normal check-in time starting at 3:00 PM. Please do not enter our office to pick up your keys. Instead, your key packet will be located in the lockbox to the right or left of the front door. Use the lock code for your designated check-in office to unlock the box and find your property’s key packet. Please close the lockbox afterward. 

Emerald Isle Check-Ins:

The lockbox is located to the RIGHT of the front door. 

Atlantic Beach Check-Ins:

The lockbox is located to the LEFT of the front door. 

Don’t forget to bring toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, and bed linens (if your rental property does not already provide linens). 

For After-Hours Arrival Emergencies: Please call (252) 354-2323 and follow the prompts to reach our on-call team. 

Important Changes for Keyed Check-Out Procedures:

Please do not come into the lobby to drop off your keys. There is a slot at the front door on the right for you to drop your key packet off upon Check-Out. 

If there is anything we can help you with in preparation for your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Stay healthy, safe travels, and we will see you at the beach!

Bluewater Vacation Rentals

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Crystal Coast vacation ideas

200 Things to Do on your Crystal Coast Vacation

Crystal Coast vacation ideas

200 Things to Do on your Crystal Coast Vacation (While Staying Safe)

Whether you’re a first-time vacationer or you’ve been vacationing with us for years, you won’t run out of things to do on the Crystal Coast. And to make sure you don’t miss a minute of fun, we’ve come up with 200 things to do on your Crystal Coast vacation. Go ahead, build your best itinerary and make the most of your time off! 

1 – Take an Eco-Tour with H20 Captain

2 – Search for the beach for shark teeth

3 – Fly a kite

4 – Watch for dolphins playing in the surf

5 – Build a sandcastle

6 – Explore historic Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach

7 – Look for the biggest seashell at low tide

8 – Take a tour of scenic Beaufort 

9 – Scuba the Graveyard of the Atlantic

10 – Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches

11 – Start a body surfing or boogie boarding competition with your friends

12 – Order curbside pickup from our local restaurants

13 – Experience the Oxygen Bar at Infuse Wellness

14 – Strawberry picking at  Garner Farms

15 – Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Fort Macon State Park

16 – Have a cup of coffee with your pup at Muttigans in Emerald Isle

17 – Visit the local book store on Emerald Isle

18 – Search for murals in downtown Morehead City

19 – Try an online yoga or workout video on the beach

20 – Feed the turtles at Emerald Plantation

21 – Walk the trails in the Emerald Forest Park off of Coast Guard Road

22 – Play a round of golf at Star Hill

23 – Go bowling or play arcade games at MacDaddys

24 – Book a fishing charter with Capt Stacy

25 – Have an in-home scavenger hunt with the kids in your vacation home

26 – Bike the Emerald Isle Bike Trail

27 – Go to a Marlins’ baseball game 

28 – Watch the fishing charters unload the daily catch on the Morehead City waterfront

29 – Take lots of photos to enter into our annual Bluewater Photo Contest

30 – Load up on some of the state’s best wine at the Wine Market in Emerald Isle

31 – Take a moonlight cruise

32 – Wade offshore of Bogue Sound to clam or cast a net

33 – Walk to the end of the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier for a wonderful view

34 – Get a fishing license 

35 – Witness the baby sea turtles hatch and make a run for the ocean in the early summer evenings

36 – Drop a crab pot off your sound front pier and check it daily for fresh crabs

37 – Surf-fish from the beach and see what you can catch 

38 – Bask in the sun at Hammocks Beach State Park

39 – Host an evening beach party 

40 – Take a step back in history on a self-walking tour of the Beaufort Historic Site

41 – Play a game of beach Ultimate Frisbee

42 – Have family ice cream sundae night with all the toppings

43 – Hunt for sea glass along the shore; blue and purple are rare finds

44 – Stroll down the docks at the Morehead City waterfront

45 – Interact with the marine life in tidal pools along the coast

46 – Search for sand dollars in the surf

47 –  Watch the military planes fly down the coast

48 – Take a walk through the shops in historic downtown Swansboro

49 – Pick up a few comic books at Book Beach Mart

50 – Whale watch at Cape Lookout and the Bogue Inlet Pier

51 – Take a selfie at The Point in Emerald Isle

52 – Check out the local catch on the Bogue Inlet Pier

53 – Go bird watching in Emerald Woods

54 – Learn about and go clamming from local experts

55 – Spark some romance with a walk on the beach at sunset

56 – Launch your kayak at the Emerald Isle boat ramp and explore the sound

57 – Start a game of beach football

58 – See what gets washed up on shore after a big storm

59 – Take a sequence of photos of the sunrises and sunsets

60 – Watch the big ships dock at the State Port in Morehead City

61 – Chase Ghost Crabs along the shore after dark; they’re pretty fast and tricky

62 – Play volleyball at the Atlantic Beach Circle or the Emerald Isle Beach Access

63 – Rent a jet ski and explore

64 – Spend the day exploring the many islands along the Crystal Coast

65 – Try your hand at paddle boarding

66 – Pick up the Crystal Coast Series by author Chrissy Lessey

67 – Draw pictures in the sand

68 – Shop til you drop at Island Clothing

69 – Go for a ride on an authentic Banana Boat

70 –  Walk under the Bogue Inlet Pier and take a family picture

71 – Count the seconds between waves breaking on the beach; you will notice a pattern

72 – Look for shapes in the clouds as they blow in the breeze

73 – Watch the windsurfers battle the ocean’s current

74 – Charter a cruise for your whole party with Waterbug Tours

75 – Play a game of Bocce Ball with those around you

76 – Dig a hole and bury someone to their waist

77 – Grab the Geneva Chase Mystery Series and get them autographed by local author, Tom Kies

78 – Bury your toes in the warm sand

79 – Take a trip to Shark Tooth Island

80 – Take a walk along the Emerald Isle Bike Path

81 – Play a game of Horseshoes on the beach

82 – Catch Sandfiddler crabs in the surf 

83 – Throw a cast net into the sound to see what you catch

84 – Walk the path through Emerald Isle and visit the shops along the way

85 – Look for starfish in the surf

86 – Go to an event featured on our event calendar

87 – Visit Blu Sail Golitz Pottery in Downtown Morehead

88 – Create your very own treasure adventure – bury treasures for your friends and family to find

89 – Skip cooking and grab some BBQ at Moore’s Barbeque

90 – Order your “Bring the party home” paint kit from Wine and Design in Morehead City

91 – Rent bikes and enjoy the outdoors like a local

92 – Or, try an electric bike rental from Pedego Electric Bikes 

93 – Enjoy the outdoors by bike on Swansboro’s 25-mile bike trail along the water and through the Croatan National Forest

94 – Take your dog on a tour of all the local dog-friendly spots 

95 – Enjoy a nature tour on Taylor’s Creek ending at Carrot Island through The Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research office

96 – Put on your bathing suit and hit the Salty Pirate Water Park

97 – Paddleboard the Bogue Sound

98 – Sample locally brewed beer from Crystal Coast Brewing in Atlantic Beach

99 – Visit the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and explore all the exhibits indoors and out

100 – Get breakfast or lunch catered to you by The Village Market

101 – Plan some playtime at the Splash Pad in the Atlantic Beach Park

102 – Watch the Musket firing at Fort Macon

103 – Walk through the gardens at Tryon Palace

104 – Visit the birthplace of Pepsi

105 – See how many bears you can count in Downtown New Bern

106 – Go to a race at the Carteret Speedway

107 – Visit the Civil War Memorial Park in Newport

108 – Ride the double-decker bus in Beaufort

109 – Have a front porch photo shoot done by a local photographer

110 – Explore the Boathouse Creek Walking Trails in Cedar Point

111 – Play a round of frisbee golf in the Emerald Forest Park

112 – Have a self-care day with an in-home facial mask, massage, or yoga session

113 – Donate snacks and food at the Emerald Isle Food Lion for Backpack for Kids

114 – Have dinner and drinks outdoors at RuckerJohns

115 – Take a tour of Bogue Sound Distillery

116 – Pick up brunch to go at 34 Degrees North in Beaufort, NC

117 – Or have brunch outdoors at Boro in Swansboro

118 – Beaufort Grocery offers daily specials with curbside pickup – including brunch

119 – Enjoy coffee outdoors at Reeds Coffee in Morehead City

120 – Grab some fresh produce at The Market at Cedar Point

121 – Try making a local favorite, Tomato Pie, with a recipe from local blogger, The Blond Cook

122 – Create a hand-drawn beach scene with items you find in the sand

123 – Plan a day in Swansboro with our guide to the best things to do in Swansboro

124 – Grab a Liege Waffle or Hibiscus Iced Tea at Milk Road

125 – Have an at-home movie night filled with popcorn, candy, snacks, and the latest premier

126 – Comb the beach for sea glass to make a one-of-a-kind bracelet

127 – Tour the local historic sites

128 – Taking the boat out for the day? Promise Land Market in Morehead City offers boat snacks to go

129 – Ride the ferry to Ocracoke and take the kids to see the Ocracoke Banker Ponies

130 – Go on a Hungry Town Bike Tour

131 – Have a quiet dinner for two on Intercoastal at Amos Mosquitos in Atlantic Beach

132 – ake the Wild Horse and Dolphin Sunset Cruise with Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

133  – Go hang gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites 

134 – Go skydiving

135 – Grab cupcakes or a coke float at Happy Cakes in MHC

136 – Visit the Maritime Museum in Beaufort

137 – Gather unique rocks, paint them and place them around town

138 – Try your hand at Axe Throwing or a Rage Room

139 – Go-kart race at Fun World Motorsports

140 – Order fresh local produce, shrimp, and eggs through our VSA program  

141 – Play Pokemon Go all around the coast

142 – Make fresh fruit popsicles to enjoy with family and friends

143 – Pick up one of our local versions of Monopoly and other board games for hours of fun

144 – Visit Beaufort’s Old Burial Grounds dating as far back as the 1700s

145 – Take your four-legged friend on a walk on the bike path or beach

146 – Complete a puzzle or two

147 – Make a Pandora or Spotify playlist for the beach

148 – Play your favorite music and have a dance party in your vacation rental

149 – Learn a TikTok dance

150 – Watch the wild horses run on Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island

151 – Go Geo Cashing around town. It’s like a giant treasure hunt. See

152 – Learn to surf or stand up paddleboard

153 – Visit Tryon Palace, explore on your own or take a guided tour

154 – Create new family traditions

155 – Have a free taste of Ice Cream or a free piece of Salt Water Taffy at Sweet Spot in Emerald Isle

156 – Pick up some local postcards and mail them to friends back home

157 – Catch a ferry from Morehead City, Beaufort, or Harkers Island and explore to your heart’s content

158  – Gather the family and make homemade pizzas

159 – Plan a Taco Tuesday night with fresh local ingredients

160 – Double kayak with the one you love most

161 – Make a beach bucket list for your next vacation

162 – Wander through the Carteret County Curb Market in Morehead City

163 – Visit Blackbeard’s House in Beaufort to hear some spooky tales

164 – Enjoy the Summer Concert Series at Fort Macon

165 – Camp out at Hammocks Beach State Park

166 –  Take part in the traditional cannon firing at Fort Macon State Park

167  – Explore Down East heritage at the Core Sound Museum in Harkers Island

168 – Pick up a plain dozen of donuts and have a donut decorating competition

169 – If the rain rolls in, do the rain clouds in a jar science project with your kids

170 – Spend the day exploring the many islands along the Crystal Coast

171 – DIY candles with a large shell from the beach

172 – Watch the experts slow cook a feast at the Newport Pig Pickin’

173 – Catch the fast boat races in the Crystal Coast Grand Prix in September

174 – Watch a free outdoor movie in Atlantic Beach every Wednesday night starting at dusk in the Circle

175 – Super glue small shells to the end of bobby pins to make a cute new hair clip

176 – Go live online from your vacation home

177 – Try your hand at the Morehead City Seafood Festival Flounder Fling during the festival

178 – Play a game of beach soccer

179 – Plan a sunrise walk on the beach

180 – Skate the bike path

181 – Grab some flashlights and tell ghost stories all night long

182 – Plan a trip to Sunset Slush for classic Italian Ice

183 – Hit up a local wine shop and have a wine and cheese pairing

184 – Paint and design your own Oyster Shell ring dish

185 – Grab dessert or a fancy shake at Dinis Martinis

186 – Try some authentic Atlantic Beach Pie

187 – Build a pillow fort with your kids in a common room of your vacation rental

188 – Use #BluewaterNC on social media to share your photos and videos

189 – Blog your Crystal Coast vacation and add to it each year

190 – Play a game of cards with your family or friends

191 – Take your own culinary tour and try these local seafood and southern cuisine favorites

192 – Plan a pop-up picnic 

193 – Have morning mimosas on the beach

194 – Make and enjoy a charcuterie board

195 – Spend the day exploring Village West on Emerald Isle 

196 – Explore Rocket Fizz on Emerald Isle and grab a cold specialty soda

197 – Take your boat out to a sandbar island in the middle of Bogue Sound for a beach day all to yourself

198 – Take a sketch pad and pencil and sketch your family playing on the beach

199 – Want to move here? Start virtually house hunting with one of our agents!

200 – Have a blast and make memories that will last a lifetime!


Which one of these is your favorite idea? What did we miss? What would you add to this list? 

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Spring Gardening Tips

With all that is going on in our world right now, we sincerely hope that you are healthy and practicing the recommended social distancing strategies.  With so many staying at home right now and the beautiful weather of Spring in the air, we thought this would be a good time to share some helpful gardening tips. Cathy Sheaffer, our Emerald Isle Broker in Charge took some time to share the secrets she’s used to helping her plants live their best lives!

Spring Gardening Tips

Many of my friends and family are amazing gardeners and have shared tips with me over the years.  My husband got his love of gardening from his mother, who is 94 and still producing the most beautiful flower gardens ever!

spring gardening

I started composting last year by putting most food scraps, peels, newspaper, cardboard, non-colored paper, dried leaves, etc into a big container outside and toss it around occasionally. It takes time to break down to usable dirt but really helps the quality of the soil. Did you know that you can add dryer lint and hair to your compost?  Read this for more tips on composting:

If you don’t compost, I’ve been told that Black Kow is one of the best to buy.  It is organic composted cow manure and helps hold moisture and nutrients around the roots.

I try to plant seeds inside to get a head start and add some outside later as well.

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Some of my favorite flowers that do well here along the Crystal Coast are zinnias, sunflowers, impatiens, (annuals), Shasta daisies, lantana, verbena, hydrangea, knock out roses, Mexican sage (salvia), Mexican petunia, muhly grass, Vitex (Chaste tree) and spiraea bush. My most favorite, but a little tough to grow here, is statice, which is used as a filler in flower arrangements.  It also dries and keeps its color extremely well. Some statice flowers are perennials and come back heartier each year (unless you have a hurricane- which is what unfortunately killed mine after 4 years). I just ordered more seeds to start a new batch this season and look forward to seeing which colors I end up with. The purple seems to be the hardiest, although I had a couple of white, pink, and yellow that showed up the first year.

It is recommended to put mulch on top of your soil to hold the moisture in and prevent weeds from sprouting up.  The soil here is sandy, so in the summer you will most likely need to water your plants daily to keep the flowers at their best.  Fertilize your plants with Miracle Grow or Triple 20 once a month and get the container that you can put on your hose to make it easier, but be careful if you use 10-10-10 or 8-8-8 because it can burn your plants if you use too much!

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Of course, you’ll be able to enjoy the sights and smells of your flowers, but one of the best things about having a healthy garden is noticing how quickly the butterflies, bees (some can come from up to 5 miles away), dragonflies, hummingbirds, and more come to enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Hopefully, you won’t have problems with grasshoppers- as they can chew through leaves, stems, and petals. One summer my grandson and I grabbed 90 grasshoppers of all sizes from two of my flower beds in two days! Our chickens were so excited when we emptied each jar-full into their area. Only a few escaped and probably made their way back to my flowers.

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With that being said, patience is probably the most important thing to remember when finding your green thumb. Be open to explore a few different options before figuring out exactly what plants work best in your area. If something is not working in a specific area of your yard, remember that it can usually be replanted somewhere else. With so many local landscaping experts and Garden Centers in our area, it’s easy to maintain a beautiful garden throughout the Spring and Summer months!


I love growing flowers that you can pick and really enjoy making arrangements for my home or better yet, for giving away to someone to brighten their day!

Here are some simple and quick arrangements that I’ve put together over the years.

Thank you for reading! – Cathy Sheaffer

Bluewater Cathy Sheaffer


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Ways to Be Safe While Vacationing on the Crystal Coast

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Ways to Be Safe While Vacationing on the Crystal Coast

The state of North Carolina is currently operating under a three-stage phase to lift the restrictions across our state to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Like other towns and cities across the nation, restaurants, bars, and non-essential shops are not open for normal business. Restaurants offer curbside pick-up and delivery, and some non-essential shops offer pickup for online and Facebook purchases. In the past 30+ days, Bluewater has worked hard to adjust our business practices to protect our guests, owners, and staff.

How this Vacation Might be Different

Our local stores are experiencing shortages just like other stores nationwide.

It would be best to bring the following items with you:

  • Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
  • Cleaning supplies you might need during your stay
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Non-perishable food from home you would like to enjoy on vacation like pasta noodles, pasta sauce, rice, etc.

If you feel more comfortable with your own bedding, we invite you to bring your personal comforters, blankets, and pillows.

Ways to Maximize Your Crystal Coast Vacation

Bring plenty of games and toys for extra entertainment, such as: 

  • Board Games, Deck of Cards, Arts and Crafts
  • Video Games and Movies
  • A new book or an old favorite
  • Yoga Mats, tennis shoes & workout gear for online classes 
  • Become an amateur photographer by packing a camera! 
  • Fishing Rods 
  • Binoculars for some dolphin spotting
  • Download Tik Tok & go viral 

Get as much exercise and Vitamin D while on vacation. Don’t forget, when setting up at the beach, ensure that you are keeping a safe distance from the people around you. We suggest 20 feet apart from each other to allow yourself plenty of space. We have provided you with a list of 200 ways to enjoy your Crystal Coast vacation while social distancing You can still enjoy the coastal fare! Here are local restaurants that are offering curbside pick-up and or delivery.  Host an indoor Scavenger Hunt from your vacation rental! Participate in our Coloring Contest and email your submissions!

How Bluewater is Helping Stop the Spread

We have adjusted our business’s operations to protect our most valuable assets – our guests, our owners, and our staff.

We have changed our check-in and check-out procedures to eliminate the foot traffic in our offices. We are offering keyed check-ins pickup outside of our offices. You will not need to leave your car when picking up your key packet. We have drop boxes at each office to drop your key packets off when you depart. Keyless check-ins will continue directly to your vacation rental property and bypass the office. Keyless check-ins will continue directly to your vacation rental, and use your keyless code to access your vacation rental property beginning at your check-in time.

We continue to provide bed linens and bath towels that have been laundered in our linen facility, and our staff continues to follow CDC guidelines.

Our housekeeping staff is taking extra precautions by assuring that each property is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by using top-of-the-line cleaning supplies and following strict protocols to ensure all rental units are safe and clean. We are ensuring our staff stays well-informed and updated with any changes and follows all CDC guidelines.

How You Can Help Stop the Spread

Try to stay in your vacation rental home, enjoy the beach, partake in outdoor activities, ride bikes on the bike path, and pick up food from the local restaurants, all while avoiding the public and practicing social distance. 

Order your groceries ahead of time and choose pickup instead of going inside the grocery store. These local grocery stores offer grocery pickup: Walmart in Swansboro and Morehead City, Harris Teeter in Morehead City, and Lowes Foods in Cape Carteret.

If you have any questions or concerns during your stay – please contact our offices by phone, email, and/or text. While our offices remain open, we ask everyone not to physically come into our offices so that our employees and other guests can remain healthy. 

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Get in Touch With us Without Coming to the Office

Email Us: 

Call Us:  (877) 684-9921

Text Us: 

Reservations: 252-429-5447 

Linens: 252-429-5494

Housekeeping: 252-429-5464

Maintenance: 252-429-5441

Please note that these numbers are text-only numbers and can’t accept calls.

Please reach out if you have additional questions.

Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School's Closed

Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School’s Closed

Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School’s Closed for COVID-19

Carteret County Schools Deliver Meals

While Carteret County schools have been closed due to the worldwide concern of COVID-19, school cafeterias have not closed. Carteret County Schools are delivering meals, wellbalanced breakfast, and lunch for county kids. In an initiative to ensure all schoolaged kids are provided their school meals each day – elementary schools across Carteret County are providing meals and meal deliveries.

Meals have been served and will continue to be served at Beaufort Middle, Bogue Sound Elementary, Morehead Primary, Newport Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, and White Oak Elementary from 11 AM to 1 PM on weekdays.

In addition to the meals being served at the schools, they are enlisting the elementary buses to deliver 2 meals on weekdays and 6 meals on Fridays. The elementary buses will be driving their normal routes delivering both lunch and breakfast at each stop on weekdays.

Parents are encouraged to use the “Here Comes the Bus” app to view the bus schedule and know when the bus will be arriving to their neighborhood stop for meal delivery. Parents of Middle and High School students will need to partner with an elementary neighbor to learn the bus delivery time as the “Here Come the Bus” app will only report to the elementary routes.

The Carteret County public schools announced they served over 4,800 meals on Friday, March 20, 2020.

A special thanks to all those teachers, bus drivers, and Child Nutrition Staff for all your hard work to reach these children, some of them who rely on their school-provided lunch each day. This is an incredible thing for our kids to look forward to each day!

The Carteret County Public Schools System will continue to monitor and adjust plans accordingly to continue improving the process. Carteret County schools have been providing meals while the schools are closed. Schools are not planned to open until mid-May at this time. 

Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School's Closed

Here comes the bus app

Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch
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a note to our valued guests

To Our Valued Guests Regarding COVID-19

a note to our valued guests

A Note To Our Valued Guests

To our valued guests,

Taking into consideration the heightened concern with coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that many of you may be experiencing stress with rapidly changing information on travel restrictions and public event cancellations.

Here at Bluewater, your health and safety are always top-of-mind and our first priority. We are diligently monitoring the situation, operating our business as usual, and doing everything in our power to ensure that the last thing you need to worry about is your vacation on the Crystal Coast.

We are taking extra precautions by ensuring that each property is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Bluewater Housekeeping Specialists are using top-of-the-line cleaning supplies and following strict protocols to ensure all rental units are safe, clean, and welcoming for all guests.

In addition to our cleaning and sanitizing efforts, we are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are feeling ill regardless of what symptoms they may be experiencing. We are ensuring that our staff is staying well-informed and updated with any changes as well as taking guidance from the CDC for our next steps. We are also asking our guests, owners, and third-party vendors to limit foot traffic in both our Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach offices.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your rental property or upcoming reservation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone at  (252) 354-2323 or by email at

Best regards,

Amanda Gray
General Manager

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DIY Face Masks Provided by a Local Teacher

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DIY Face Masks

A local art teacher Janesa White, has been quite busy over these last few weeks. While Mrs. White is not chasing after 2 young boys, running a thriving Etsy shop, and virtually teaching her art students during the day – she has been taking some of her “quaran-time” to create a DIY Face Mask Tutorial. She has also dedicated a great deal of her time to making these DIY face masks for others on the front lines and in desperate need of protection from the public, they serve each and every day. She has made over 185 masks for others thus far and isn’t stopping there!

Mrs. White says this DIY face mask is a “10-minute project with stuff around your house! It is fashionable and helps you not touch your face a bajillion times an hour.”

Please visit her site for the FREE printable DIY face mask pattern.

If you do not feel comfortable making your own, she is making them and shipping them to those in need for just $1 each and asking for donations to continue making more.

Thank you so much, Mrs. White, for this fabulous way of giving back to your local community as well as supporting those in need during these difficult and uncertain times!


  • Fabric (You Can Even Recycle from Items Around Your Home)

  • Sewing Machine or Sewing Needle With Thread

  • Headband (Hair Ties/Scrunchies May Work As Well)

DIY face masks provided by a local teacher

Meet Janesa White

DIY face masks provided by a local teacher

“Burning the midnight oil on a rush order for a family who needs to spend these precious moments with their loved one. So blessed to be able to help.” – Janesa White

DIY face masks provided by a local teacher

Face mask cut from her template and waiting to be sewn.

DIY face masks provided by a local teacher

Janesa’s assistant and husband Derrick

10 Reasons to Spend Spring Break on the Crystal Coast

10 Reasons to Spend Spring Break on the Crystal Coast

Spring break on the Crystal Coast is the perfect time to vacation with us. The air is a bit cooler, vacation season isn’t in full swing, and everything is available to you without much of a wait. It is one of the best times to spend time on the southern Outer Banks. That said, we’re sharing 10 reasons you should spend your Spring break with us on the Crystal Coast.

10 Reasons for a Spring Vacation on the Crystal Coast

Here are 10 Reasons to Spend Spring Break on the Crystal Coast

  1. Lower vacation rental prices – beat the peak season prices!
  2. We have several vacation rental discounts and specials you can take advantage of to save BIG! 
  3. No need to make reservations for outdoor activities such as Jet Skiing, Parasailing, or Eco Tours.
  4. Fewer crowds on the beach ensure you will have your sandy spot on the beach! 
  5. It may be warm, but not blazing hot!
  6. Taste local restaurants at “Bites and Blues” in Morehead City! Be sure to get your tickets early! 
  7. If you are here celebrating Easter, there are plenty of local churches to choose from and even more Easter egg hunts to enjoy. 
  8. Enjoy a movie most towns host FREE Flicks on Fridays. 
  9. Don’t want to go to the beach? Enjoy the many local festivals taking place. Check out our Events Calendar for more.
  10. No need to plan for an additional 30 minutes to get somewhere; tourist season begins a bit later in the year.

ALSO SEE: Fun Things to Do on the Crystal Coast this Spring

Did we miss anything? What would you include on this list? Let us know in the comments below.  Know someone who should spend Spring break on the Crystal Coast? Share this blog post with them.



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A Valentine’s Day Getaway on the Crystal Coast

Romantic getaway for valentine's day on the crystal coast

A Valentine’s Day Getaway on the Crystal Coast

Looking to add a bit more romance to your relationship this year? How about a Valentine’s Day getaway on the Crystal Coast? The Crystal Coast is the perfect place to spend this heart-filled holiday with the one you love! We’re sharing some ideas to make your romantic beach getaway one to remember.

Let’s face it, gifts are great but making memories with a shared experience is even better! With unique south-facing beaches and breathtaking sunsets, the Crystal Coast stretches over 85 miles of sand and sun along the coast of North Carolina, making it the perfect setting for making memories that last a lifetime. Plan a long weekend romantic getaway starting on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and enjoy an entire week with your sweetheart. 

What to do on Your Valentine’s Day Getaway on the Crystal Coast

Take that romantic walk on the beach to the next level with a surprise picnic. Local companies like Carolina Picnic Co. will set up a luxury picnic with just about anything your heart desires. Sip champagne, nibble on chocolate, and, most importantly, get cozy with your cutie. You can put a twist on this idea and have a picnic in your private vacation rental vs. the beach, too. Let your imagination run wild.

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How about enjoying conversation and charcuterie with your beach babe while you’re both snuggled up watching a long list of romcoms? The good folks at TheGrazingTray can make all your charcuterie dreams come true. If you’re a foodie this will delight you! 

If you prefer to spend the night out, why not dine at one of the incredible restaurants in the area? We love the ambiance at Table 9, Bahia House and Surf Bar, or even Caribsea, right in Emerald Isle. 

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Adventures and Activities During Your Getaway

Experience a thrilling adventure together with a fun day on the water with Island Water Sports. Rent jet skis and ride the waves, or enjoy the excitement of a Banana Boat ride! They even have kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for even more fun. Doesn’t that sound like the makings of a fun-filled Valentine’s Day getaway on the Crystal Coast?

Another idea for the brave and bold might be to try hang gliding together. That’s definitely an exhilarating experience you won’t soon forget.

Biking along the Crystal Coast is another nice option for two. You can peddle your way through paradise or try an eclectic bike and enjoy the ride. Either way, you’ll be doing it together and having fun.

A few other options to consider – Bowling, racing, or putt-putt gold at MacDaddys, feeding the sharks at the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores during their behind-the-scenes tour, or take an EcoTour with Crystal Coast Ecotours.

Shopping During Your Valentine’s Day Getaway on the Crystal Coast

If you’re interested in a bit of shopping for your sweetheart while you’re visiting with us, you’ll love our newest shopping community at Village West. There you’ll find all the makings for a great shipping day and plenty of options to create the ultimate gift basket, too. Start your day with coffee and a Liege Waffle at Milk Road, then look through their shop for local goodies. Next, head over to EJW Outdoors for all the beach essentials and more. Don’t miss Style the Day Boutique for the latest fashions for her and Enchanted Interiors for a unique way to bring a bit of the coast home with you! Before you head out, grab some lunch at No Name Pizza and Subs, then some sweet treats at Rocket Fizz! 

Haven’t got your fill of retail therapy? Emerald Plantation shopping plaza should be your next stop. There’s a wide variety of shops, and you’ll find everything from jewelry to fresh premium olive oils. You’re sure to find something perfect for the one you love. 

Ready to spend a long romantic week with us on the Crystal Coast? Learn about our vacation specials, promotions, and discounts, and get ready to plan a Valentine’s Day getaway on the Crystal Coast!