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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

man dressed in blue golfing on a beautiful, lush, green golf course with vivid green trees in the background.

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

crystal coast golf enthusiast getting ready to tee off

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!

a boat sitting off the coast of cape lookout with the cape lookout lighthouse in the background

Southern Outer Banks North Carolina Things to Do

a boat sitting off the coast of cape lookout with the cape lookout lighthouse in the background

Southern Outer Banks North Carolina Things to Do

Along the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina is a stretch of 85 miles of breathtaking sandy shores. The crystalline blue water of this region is why it is often referred to as the Crystal Coast. There are several beach towns here that have distinct histories, natural areas, and activities to enjoy. No matter what beach town you’re looking to visit, we here at Bluewater Vacation Rentals offer a wide variety of vacation homes all along the Crystal Coast. 

Nature enthusiasts will fall in love with the area’s numerous state parks, kayaking, boating, biking, hiking, and beachcombing opportunities. Additionally, history-buffs can spend their time on the Coast exploring museums and historic sites. There are so many things to do on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, so read on for the best ways to explore this beautiful slice of paradise. 

Boat Rentals and Tours on the Crystal Coast

men on a crystal coast fishing charter boat with fishing poles cast into the water

One of our favorite ways to experience the Crystal Coast is on the water. Rent a boat for the day from Crystal Coast Boat Charters and Rentals and traverse the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, NC. Take the boat out island hopping to the uninhabited barrier islands along the Crystal Coast or spend the day fishing. 

If you want to experience the best fishing spots with a local expert, take a fishing charter with  Capt. Stacy Fishing Center in Atlantic Beach, NC. From shark fishing to full-day fishing trips, Capt. Stacy has a trip for anyone to enjoy. For a customized and private excursion, book a tour with Crystal Coast Ecotours. Take a boat tour and see salt marshes, birds, ponies, and maritime forests along the way. The other tours include dolphin watching, fishing, wild horse watching, surf fishing, and more. Check out all of the exciting trips with Crystal Coast Ecotours here.

Bike Rentals and Tours on the Crystal Coast

an assortment of pastel colored bikes with baskets along the beaufort nc waterfront

The best way to explore the Crystal Coast on land is on a bike or beach cruiser. Beachside Bikes have locations in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Rent a bicycle for the day and cycle to the best sites and things to do on the Crystal Coast. Hwy 58 Bikes offers rentals for electric and cruiser bikes on the Crystal Coast. A bike rental is an exceptional way to experience and explore the breathtaking beauty of Emerald Isle. 

You can find a unique selection of biking tours at Hungry Town Tours in Beaufort. The Beaufort culinary bike tour includes three stops for appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The tour works with restaurants that offer fresh and local products. Peddle through history on the hidden Beaufort tour. See hundreds of historic homes while learning the significant history of this port town.

Spacious Vacation Rentals with Bluewater 

the interior of a beautiful bluewater vacation rental home with a relaxing color scheme and wood floors and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen

After a day exploring the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina and the things to do, you’ll be more than ready to unwind. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting to relax during your getaway. Take in a spectacular sunset from the porch of one of our Emerald Cottages, ideal for families. Browse our complete collection of vacation rentals here and call us at 866-231-5892 if you have any questions!

What’s Your Favorite Thing to Do?

What was your favorite thing to do on the Crystal Coast? Have you heard the Crystal Coast referred to as the Southern Outer Banks before? We’d love to know. Kick off the conversation in the comments below! 

Inside Look: Knot A Care

Inside Look: Coastal Love

Inside Look: Bliss By The Beach

Bliss By The Beach

Bliss by the Beach is a stunning 6-Bedroom, 8.5 Bath Oceanfront Beauty, with expansive windows and three levels of outdoor space located in Beautiful Emerald Isle! Come relax by the beach and let your worries drift away in this blissful escape. This home boasts breathtaking ocean views, a private pool, and even an in-home exercise room. Your entertainment dreams will come true in the spacious ground level Game Room with Flat Screen TV and Pool Table and a plush 15 seat Theater!

Bliss by the Beach offered the perfect location for a wonderful family beach week! The home had beautiful views of both the ocean and sound! The rooms were all beautifully finished and each with its own full bath which was a plus. The living space was ample and we were all able to sit comfortably and enjoy the views. It was nice to have all we needed in on place–so no need to venture out.

Beautiful home. Spacious for large families. Comfortable beds. Well stocked kitchen. The house left nothing to want for. Enjoyed movies with family in the theater room. The privacy of the pool and deck area was fabulous. It was an overall excellent vacation for our family and we hope to return soon.

“Beautiful home, very well decorated, kitchen is well appointed with almost anything you would need to prepare any dish that you can imagine.”

A Look At: Chateau of the Isle

This one-of-a-kind contemporary estate Chateau of the Isle is nestled in a secluded oceanfront bluff in the beautiful Sea Isle Plantation subdivision located in Indian Beach, North Carolina. Surrounded by an inviting series of terraces with unobstructed views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this truly magnificent home encompasses approximately 11,616 square feet of living space and offers 8 bedrooms and 8 and 3 1/2 baths. Privacy, peace, and quiet run abound here, as this vacation home spans 3 oceanfront lots of land.

Ground Level: Entering at ground level You have elevator access from the ground to level two in the main residence, covered parking, 2 over-sized enclosed showers offering both hot and cold. On the street side of the home, you’ll find covered and uncovered carport areas and 2 additional entrances. Enjoy a relaxing movie in the 15 seating theater room with a 150″ projector Screen.

Unique to Chateau of the Isle, this oceanfront beach home boasts three separate living areas, the Main Residence, the Second Residence, and the Third Residence. All three are connected by breezeways and terraces, but not by interior space. To access the Second and Third Residences of Chateau of the Isle, you must exit the Main Residence or use one of the exterior stairs or terraces.

Chateau of the Isle’s Main Residence begins with a spacious foyer with garage access and a grand spiral staircase and generous open living room with a 55″ TV, 75″ TV with Blu-Ray, multiple sitting areas, a game table, and a full wet bar with a sink, ice maker and fridge. Gather your entire family around the dining table or head out to the terrace to eat in the salt air. Flowing from the living space, you’ll find a Full Gourmet Kitchen, abundant with counter space, storage space, and featuring a professional Thermador cooktop with 6 gas burners and an electric griddle. Completing the gourmet kitchen is an island with a prep sink, a large Sub-Zero fridge, and a pair of freezer drawers. Attached to the kitchen is a breakfast nook with a breath-taking unobstructed ocean view, which has a wine cooler, drink fridge, and two more pairs of freezer drawers, to give your family plenty of space for wine, beer, soft drinks, and frozen food. There is an extra sink and dishwasher in the breakfast nook (to compliment the one nearby in the kitchen), along with an ice maker. Topping off the area are two 32″ TVs, one facing the breakfast nook and one facing the main kitchen. You’ll love to whip up a meal in the double convection ovens or use the microwave/convection combo, keeping your meal warm in the warming drawer if you can’t immediately gather your guests to eat. Beside the kitchen is a half-bath and laundry room. Adjacent to the gourmet kitchen, you can retire to a north-facing front outdoor terrace, from where you can enjoy the summer sunset over the trees, surrounded by lush greenery.

Passing by the elevator, which accesses all levels (from the garage to the top floor) enter into the king oceanfront suite Master Bedroom #1. It is a perfect retreat with a king-sized bed, grand walk-in closet, and private mini-fridge. Soothe your worries away in the large tiled ocean-view shower or from the jetted Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. With the press of a button, from the bed, you can enjoy a flat-screen TV that emerges mid-room as well as a picturesque view of the ocean from your terrace. Just two steps from your terrace, you can enter into the large outdoor jetted spa for a relaxing soak outside.

Heading up the grand spiral staircase, take in the lushness of Bogue Banks from the floor to ceiling windows. At the top of the stairway, you are led to Level Two of the Main Residence and the second bedroom. There you’ll find tucked behind the pocket doors, Master Bedroom #2, a cozy oceanfront king bedroom with a 55″ TV. The large, private, covered terrace directly off the second bedroom is perfect for an airy retreat. There is a pass way to the bath that also opens up to the hallway, for a shared bath with upstairs living areas. Outside Master Bedroom #2, you will find a large bonus area with a kitchenette. This adaptable space provides options for multiple uses including seclusion for games, reading, and puzzles, conferences and meetings, floor space for children to play, and plenty of storage space for event rental needs, such as tables and chairs. The elevator from the garage terminates here, allowing access to this beautiful level for guests with limited mobility.

The Second Residence is connected to the main residence by a breezeway and oceanfront terrace as well as from the lower covered parking level. Within this residence, you will find 3 king masters and a sitting area. The king oceanfront Master Suite #3 is on Level One and overlooks the pool and ocean. This suite has a king bed, 2 closets, and a sitting area. The sitting area and the bedroom each have a 50″ television. There is a full private bathroom with a tub/shower, double vanities. This floor has its own laundry area and kitchenette tucked behind Bedroom #3. Level Two is completed with two King Masters and a cozy sitting area with a sofa. The Oceanfront Master Bedroom #4 has a king bed, private terrace with raised seating overlooking the infinity pool and ocean, 50″ Television, private bath with shower stall and double sink. Overlooking the lush views of Bogue Banks sits Master Suite Bedroom #5, boasting a king bed, private bath with shower stall and double sink, 50″ Television, and an additional seating area with 2 cozy chairs and ottomans perfect for an afternoon date with your favorite book while peeking at the ocean.

The Third Residence on the eastern end of the property has its own living area with a 75″ Television connected to a Blu-Ray player above and a 50″ Television below it, a pool table, a full kitchen, a laundry room, and a half bath on Level One. This Cabana area is perfect for games and gatherings. Settle in to view some sports and shows on TV or exit to the cabana seating area under the covered terrace and enjoy views of the ocean and pool.

Level Two has a king oceanfront Master Bedroom #6, with a king-sized bed, walk-in closet, full private bath with shower stall, 43″ Television, and lots of large windows to enhance the view of your oceanfront beach retreat! Bedroom #7 is the Bunk room and features 2 twin triple bunk beds with trundles, a full bathroom with shower stall, walk-in closet, 55″ Television, and ocean views. Rounding out this level is a king suite Bedroom #8, featuring a king bed and a private bath with shower stall, 50″ Television, and walk-in closet. Windows lace the back of this master suite allowing you to take in flourishing, dense greenery of the Crystal Coast that border this secluded estate as well as a view of the ocean from the east-facing window.

Amenities included at Chateau of the Isle: Two living rooms, expansive loft, full kitchen, Gourmet Kitchen, five kitchenettes, Coffee Makers, three ovens, warming oven, two refrigerators, three icemakers, three microwaves, three dishwashers three laundry rooms with washer and dryers, High Speed Wireless Internet, 16 large flatscreen Smart TVs total with two being in both living rooms and at least one in every bedroom, Pool Table, Card/Game/Poker Table, Wet Bar, Elevator, 15 seating Theater with a 150″ Projector Screen, Ping Pong Table, Basketball Goal with Glass Backboard, Whirlpool Tub, Radiant Gas Grill, Ceiling Fans, expansive covered terrace along the entire oceanside of the estate, outdoor seating and lounge furnishings, covered showers with hot water, sand removal shower on walkway to the ocean, Private Infinity Pool (May be heated May-September for an additional $650 per week, custom quotes available for cooler weeks), Hot Tub, ocean walk with 10’x22′ deck at the dune line, perfect for small, ocean front weddings or lounging in the sun.

Bluewater Real Estate Sales Agents Swearing into Oath to serve on the CCAR Board of Directors

Bluewater Agents Join Local Boards

Embracing the Call to Serve


Every year, a ‘Changing of the Guard’ occurs during the 4 Quarter Membership Meeting for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®. The CCAR Board of Directors and the Crystal Coast MLS Board of Directors help steer the Real Estate Industry for our area over the course of the year. We’re always extremely proud when our Bluewater agents volunteer their time to serve in this capacity, and this year we are excited to have three members of our organization at the helm to help set the standard for excellence in our area. Check out the newest members below and be sure to wish them the best of luck with their new commitment!


Jim Bailey


Jim Bailey, of our Atlantic Beach Office, has proven his passion to our community through multiple avenues and will continue to use his unique perspective for the betterment of all as a Director for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS® in 2020.


Pat Copeland


Pat Copeland, Broker-In-Charge of our Atlantic Beach office, will also serve as a Director for the CCAR Board. Pat plans to use his experience as a leader to help the board in the decision making and goal setting process.

Alison Jaeger- Crystal Coast Realtor with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Alison Jaeger


Alison Jaeger, of our Emerald Isle office, will serve as a Director for the Carteret County Multiple List Service. Through this endeavor, Alison will assist the board in ensuring that the information secured in the MLS is accurate, up-to-date, and always accessible to participating members.

A Special Thanks to

Stephanie Ross


Stephanie Ross- Bluewater Real Estate Broker/REALTOR- Atlantic Beach, NC

We also want to give a quick shout out to Stephanie Ross, who has served as a Director at Large for the CCAR Board over the last year. Stephanie has done an amazing job to make sure that all area REALTORS® are benefiting from their membership through the local organization.

Thank you for serving, Stephanie!

All Other Agents


There are plenty of other Bluewater agents and staff members who have served on the local boards in previous terms, and countless others who have and volunteered and continue to contribute their time and efforts for subcommittees including:

  • Awards Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Professional Standards Committee
  • Property Management Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • RPAC Committee
  • Scholarship Committee

Thank You!

The Nautilus

The Nautilus is a 10-Bedroom, 11.5-Bath Newly built Oceanfront Pet friendly Home located in Emerald Isle!

This home is the perfect entertaining destination, with an outdoor living space just as grand as the interior. After visiting the beach you can wash off in the outdoor shower and then take a dip in the private pool. There is also a cabana with outdoor pool bathroom. And truly enjoy your outdoor experience with a full gourmet outdoor cooking area by the pool and Tiki Bar. The Nautilus also has a Rec Room with Pool TablePoker TableShuffle Board & a Arcade Games. It also has 3 TVs to entertain everyone!

Ground Level: Parking and Watersport storage. Sauna and 12×15 gym. There is also an elevator
Level One: Recreation/Gameroom with Pool Table, Poker Table, Shuffle Board, 2 Side By Side Driving Game, Golden Tee Arcade Game, and Ping Pong Table. 3 TVs. Media Room & Full Kitchen with surfboard bar.
You will also find 3 bedrooms on this level. Bedroom #1 King master oceanfront room with TV. Bedroom #2 King master streetside with balcony and TV. Bedroom #3 Twin Double bunk and Twin bunk room on the streetside with TV.

Level Two: Bedrooms #4 #5 and #6 are all King master oceanfront rooms with TV and balconies. Bedroom #7 has 2 Queen bedroom with double vanity and TV. Bedrooms #8 and #9 are both streetside King bedrooms balconies TV. The Laundry Room is also on this level.

Level Three: Fully equipped Kitchen with 2 Refrigerators, 2 double sinks, 2 ovens and 2 dishwashers. Dining Area that seats 25, Horse shoe Bar that has a wet bar icemaker and wet bar. Bar tables seat 7. Bar space in kitchen seats 5. Walk in Pantry. Wine Cooler. Enjoy the Ocean Views from the living room, which has barn ceilings and seats 10. As well as a large flat screen TV. Bedroom #10 has a King Bed a Private Bath with easily accessible shower and balcony.

Peek Inside 2 Step

2 Step is a 3-Bedroom 2-Bath Oceanview Ranch Style home just a few steps away from the beach. 2 Step is equipped with High Speed Internet for your convenience. Don’t forget your four-legged friend, this home is also pet friendly.

Level One: Bedroom #1 has a King Bed and TV. Bedroom #2 has a Queen Bed. Bedroom #3 has a Queen Bed, Twin Bunk and TV. There are ceiling fans in all the bedrooms. Kitchen has stainless steel Refrigerator, Microwave and Dishwasher. There is also a Washer and Dryer.

Sea Turtle Tracker 2019


It’s sea turtle season again on the Crystal Coast! We’ve got you covered with this Sea Turtle Tracker for 2019 to keep up to date on how many nests and eggs are laid on our local beaches. Check out the counts in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Cape Lookout, and Fort Macon below!



Nest and Egg Count on Our Local Beaches Emerald Isle Nests: 43 Eggs: 3916 Atlantic Beach Nests: 7 Eggs: 472 Indian Beach Nests: 6 Eggs: 579 Cape Lookout Nests: 526 Eggs: 20189 Fort Macon Nests: 3 Eggs: 3

Sea Turtles Native to North Carolina Beaches

Did you know there are only seven species of sea turtles worldwide, and six are listed as threatened or endangered in the United States?

Although the most common species in North Carolina is the Loggerhead sea turtle, five sea turtle species regularly visit North Carolina waters: the Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, Green, and Hawksbill. However, only Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on North Carolina beaches. These species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered in the United States.

POPULATION DECLINE

Many sea turtle populations worldwide are declining. The existing seven species face different dangers, both on nesting beaches and in the ocean. Some of the threats that turtles face in North Carolina include

  • development and heavy traffic on beaches that can disrupt adults or destroy incubating eggs
  • indirect capture by fishing nets, which can lead to injury or death
  • accidental collisions with boats
  • beach renourishment activities that can uncover or compact sea turtle nests
  • general ocean pollution – especially plastic bags. Sea turtles can confuse these plastic bags with one of their main food sources – jellyfish.

What You Can Do to Help

Because our native sea turtles are endangered, it is important to do our best to preserve their natural habitat. For the health and well-being of our sea turtles, please make sure to take these tips seriously when vacationing on the Crystal Coast with us.

  • Use red filters on flashlights when walking on the beach at night
  • Do not disturb turtle nests or nesting sea turtles
  • Turn off all outside lights facing the beachfront during the nesting season
  • Keep dogs on a leash
  • Fill in all the holes you dig
  • Remove all tents, toys, and beach gear overnight
  • Reduce beach traffic around sea turtle nests to prevent nest compaction
  • Dispose of trash in an appropriate manner
  • Be careful when navigating watercraft to prevent turtle collisions and injuries
  • Join a conservation organization to remain updated on current sea turtle conservation efforts.
  • Donate to the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol

Call the Emerald Isle Police non-emergency number at (252) 354-2021 or the Atlantic Beach Police non-emergency number at (252) 726-2523 if you see an injured, nesting, or hatching turtle  – OR if you see anyone disturbing a marked turtle nest area