EI mini-libraries 2022

Explore Emerald Isle’s Mini-Libraries

Emerald Isle Mini-Libraries Created as a project through the Friends of Western Carteret Public Library, ten Emerald Isle mini-libraries were installed across the island in 2022. Each structure is uniquely designed and donated by a local resident and maintained by a personal volunteer. These volunteers ensure the libraries are always clean and stocked with books. […]

Travel + Leisure Magazine Named Emerald Isle Best Beach

Emerald Isle Named Best Beach by Travel + Leisure Magazine

Emerald Isle Named Best Beach by Travel + Leisure Magazine Here’s one more reason to come and vacation with us! In a recent article by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Emerald Isle was selected as one of the 28 best beaches on the East Coast. Emerald Isle was recognized as one of the best two beaches […]

New Bern Mum Fest 2022

Don’t Miss MumFest 2022

Don’t miss this year’s MumFest in New Bern, NC, from October 8th through October 9th, 2022. MumFest is an award-winning festival held annually in the beautiful historic downtown of New Bern.

Outside view of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort

Enjoy the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort for Free

Did you know you could visit the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort for free? The NC Museum is the official repository for artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the Pirate’s ship, which ran aground close to Beaufort in 1718.

Beacon Advertisers, Partners & Supporters for 2022

2022 Beacon Advertisers, Partners and Supporters

We can’t say enough good things about our 2022 Beacon advertisers, partners, and supporters. Supporting local businesses is an important part of keeping the hometown feel of our Crystal Coast alive.

An NC antique with a collection of beautiful items in Beaufort.

3 Must-Stop Antique Stores in Beaufort, NC

Antique shopping is about more than just going store to store in search of relics of the past. Don’t miss these 3 must-stop antique stores in Beaufort, NC

A group of Crystal Coast anglers stand aboard an Emerald Isle fishing charter in search of marlin.

Coastal Angling | Emerald Isle Fishing Charters

Whether you’re seeking inshore or offshore experience, Emerald Isle is teeming with top-tier fishing charters to show you the ropes. To give you some ideas on who to hire, we put together a trio of services that are sure to impart their knowledge and help you create unforgettable memories on the water.

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Spotlight on our Favorite Parks Along The Crystal Coast

We all know that location plays a major part in your search for the perfect home. Parks are not only a great place to meet new neighbors, but they can also increase property value in the long run.

A young vacationer smiles as she cruises aboard the Morehead City Ferry.

What to Know About the Morehead City Ferry Service

Part of what makes a memorable vacation is “living like a local,” and hitching a ride on the Morehead City Ferry Service is your ticket to an immersive experience rife with gorgeous scenery and unwavering charm.