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Spring on the crystal coast

Why Spring is a Great Time to Visit the Crystal Coast

Spring on the crystal coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast is the perfect way to have fun in the sun on an early getaway! 

Are you planning a trip to the Crystal Coast during Spring? Here are a few reasons why the Spring on the Crystal Coast is a great time to visit!

  • Warmer Temps Mean An Abundance of Wildlife – As the water and the salty air warms up, the local birds and dolphins return to our coast. Pods of dolphins arrive and even a whale or two are known to skirt the coast in the spring. You may also see fawns on Coast Guard Road.
  • Warmer Temps Also Mean More Fun Outside – Warmer weather and waters mean comfortable weather for fishing. If you enjoy laying out in the sun with a nice cool breeze running across you, this is the time of year for you! Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are finally reasonable activities for those of us who like a little sun on an outing. Walking along the waterfronts of Beaufort, Swansboro, and Morehead City becomes a relaxing way to spend a day of sunshine in the Spring.
  • Everything Is Open – All the shops, stores, and restaurants that closed for the Winter are back open in the Spring. The piers open, flowers bloom, and you can beat the Summer rush of crowds during a spring trip! 

Which town is your favorite to visit in the Spring? 

Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you! 

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WATER TEMPERATURE

Average High 71F | Average Low 65F

AIR TEMPERATURE

Average High 70F | Average Low 55F

Be sure to check out the many budget friendly activities to do this Spring while visiting the Crystal Coast.


Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest


Beaufort Food & Wine Festival


100 Free Things To Do

Fall Events on the Crystal Coast

As the sweltering heat of summer changes over to breezy days and crisp nights, all living things who dwell on the Crystal Coast will notice and emerge from their hiding. Including fish, you may not see during the summer and other wildlife. Gorgeous pink, purple and orange sunsets paint the sky making it easy to have lazy late afternoons. These are just some of the few reasons many call Fall their favorite season on the Crystal Coast. 

Although we have been in the midst of a pandemic, life seems to still go on in the Crystal Coast.

Many events have been scheduled for the fall such as Fishing and Golf Tournaments, Highland Games, Fall Festivals and much more. You will also find that towards the end of the summer the wild horses that roam some of the islands of the Crystal Coast will have foals. This is the perfect time to take the ferry over to Shackleford Banks to see the horses or find shells on the shore of Cape Lookout. The crowds are gone and the beach is yours for the taking. Even your dog will be able to enjoy the beach! Enjoy a morning stroll on the beach or even relax with a book in the afternoon. After your time on the beach be sure to grab dinner with the sunset at one of the many waterfront restaurant locations such as Southern Salt Seafood, Sanitary, 34 North, and many more. 

Here are just a list of a few events happening this fall!

25th Annual Transportation Impact and Carteret Community College Golf Tournament- October 23,2020| 1:00pm-6:30pm

1st Annual Carteret Cancer Crew Fishing Tournament- October 24, 2020 |8:00am-6:00pm

For all additional information please visit our website www.carteretcancercrew.com.

Car Cruise-In and Fall Vendor Fair-October 24, 2020| 8:00 am – 2:00pm

If you are a fan of old cars, shopping, and food this is the event for you!

Halloween Candy Cruise- October 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cars will be stationed around the Atlantic Beach Circle to provide a safe environment for trick or treating! For more information visit, http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/candycruise/.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Dinner at  34º North Restaurant- October 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

34° North Restaurant at the Beaufort Hotel will host a four-course Maker’s Mark Bourbon Dinner on Friday, October 30 from 6 – 8:30 pm. Sarah Poole, Maker’s Mark Diplomat, will be on hand to lead us through this special tasting dinner. Dinner will include a welcome cocktail, tastings from the Maker’s Mark Bourbon family – including our Beaufort Hotel’s Maker’s Mark Private Select and Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series Limited Release Bourbon. Please call the restaurant regarding reservations and pricing. Overnight accommodations are also available at the Beaufort Hotel.

First Annual Fall Festival at Camp Albemarle-October 31, 2020 | 4pm – 8pm

Local businesses will be sponsoring this event that will be held outside at Camp Albemarle with plenty of space to social distance. Along with the vendors there will be trick-or-treating, s’mores, food trucks as well as games and other activities.

Slime Time Challenge – Raising Money for Local Organizations

Take a Kid Fishing Recap

Take a Kid Fishing 2019

Every summer, hundreds of volunteers gather up along The Crystal Coast for Take a Kid Fishing Day. This year, a handful of our Real Estate Agents teamed up alongside other Real Estate Professionals within the County to partake in the day of fun in the sun.

Sharon Salmon, who has been an active supporter of the program said, “The agents came together and worked as a team.  Captain Stacy was wonderful to try to assure that fish would be caught.  They pulled up anchor many times to move to another spot. Lots of different species were caught and the children were so excited.  Just to see the smiles and happiness this event produced can hardly be described.  It was truly heart warming! I’m proud to help with such a great cause!”

“This was my first year helping out and what a success! Kids were all so well mannered and so excited to catch anything- whether it was small pin fish, small sharks and even crabs that latched onto the baits! Captain Stacy did an awesome job!” – Kathy Furtner

To learn more about this great organization, and how to get involved for next year- Please click the button below to be directed to the Take a Kid Fishing Website.


2019 Big Rock Tournament

The 61st Annual Big Rock Tournament took  place June 7-15, 2019 in Morehead City. This being one of  largest and oldest fishing tournaments, The Big Rock brings expert deep-sea fishermen to take part in such an amazing event.

“The beauty of the Big Rock is in how it captures a snapshot of the community it thrives in. For the people of Carolina’s Crystal Coast and the greater sport fishing world in general, the Big Rock represents everything we value most, namely:

  1. Family – People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the Big Rock for a variety of reasons, all of which help us realize the importance of family and the joy of spending special time with loved ones.
  2. Community – Morehead City and the surrounding area has supported the Big Rock for 60 years! Without the enthusiasm and effort of all community members, the tournament would not be what it is.
  3. Charity – Doing our part to stand by friends, family, and neighbors is rewarding and gratifying, especially when we see the positive impact it has locally. We consider it an honor to team up with some truly remarkable charities.

To all the participants and spectators who take time out of their lives to enjoy all the Big Rock has to offer, thank you! Your interest, dedication, and presence is never overlooked. We will continue working to improve the tournament you love while maintaining the historic tradition it will always carry”

Who Won?

“Top Dog” was the big winner of the tournament with a 914.0 lbs Blue Marlin. The prize money was $793,187.50 and major bragging rights. Second place in the blue marlin division was boat “Wolverine”, with a 588.9 lbs catch and prize money of $289,862.50. Then, in a close 3rd, was “Donna Mae” with a 569.9 lbs catch and a prize of $192,575.

Join Bluewater for Happy Hour

Come Join Bluewater for Happy Hour!

It’s always Happy Hour when you vacation with Bluewater!

Come out and meet the Bluewater Crew! 
Join our Bluewater staff for Happy Hour every Thursday this summer at our Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach offices from 4-5 PM. Kickback and enjoy a cold beverage on us!  We would love to personally welcome you to “Island Time!” Come as you are – all vacationers and locals are more than welcome along with the whole family! PLUS – When you attend our Happy Hour, you have a chance to enter to win an awesome prize pack!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Happy Hour has been canceled at this time! We will continue to update this page. Stay Safe and Healthy!

Emerald Isle Office

200 Mangrove Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC

Join us behind the big green chair! Hosted on the deck under the Oak Tree.

Bring the family for a round of cornhole and other yard games.
*Four legged friends are welcome!

Atlantic Beach Office

407 Atlantic Beach Cswy. Suite 6F
Atlantic Beach, NC

Join us for a cold beverage inside our Atlantic Beach Sales office!

We just moved locations and we would love for you to come and check out our new space!

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

Big Fish, Big Fun, & Big Money Are Coming To Downtown Morehead City

Catch All The Action At Big Rock Landing for the 61st Big Rock Tournament on June 8- 15

A Little Bit of Fishistory

See what we did there? Hey- At least we tried


Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC – The year was 1956, and fishing for Billfish was simply something people did not do off the coast of North Carolina. Still, time and time again, crews from cargo ships would come back to the port at Morehead City with those age old tales about the biggest things you’ve ever seen flying through the air as they passed through the Gulf Stream. A group of local men, decided to see for themselves whether or not these stories of Blue Marlin off the NC Coast were true, and set out to local businesses in order to generate a size-able prize for the first person to bring one back in the boat. And so, the Fabulous Fisherman Club was started, and the Charter Fishing businesses thrived with folks who wanted to be a part of the chance to make history.

A Raleigh angler by the name of Jimmy Croy, fishing about a vessel by the name of Mary Z, was the lucky one to strike first. After relaying the message that they had ‘boated a blue’ word spread around town and they were greeted at the docks with great fanfare and police sirens. In impromptu parade ensued, and a little red wagon filled with silver dollars was pulled in and delivered to Mr. Croy. It’s worth noting that the fish weighed-in at 143 pounds.

After about 40 years of hard work and dedication of providing a family-friendly, enjoyable experience for fishermen all across the country- the Big Rock Blue Marlin has become the highest pay-out Blue Marlin tournament in the world.

For some ‘Blast from the Past’ photos- check out the Photo Gallery History on the official Big Rock Website! https://www.thebigrock.com/gallery/history/


Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

Mahi Mahi, a popular staple among our favorite local fish tacos, is a colorful dolphin that amounts to one of the biggest prize winnings for the Annual Big Rock Tournament. The fish varies in weight, up to about 40 pounds.


Big Rock Landing in downtown Morehead City is the place to be in the early afternoons of the second weekend in June. If you’re not able to attend, you can usually catch a live broadcast on The Big Rock website, and follow along the action for projected weigh-in times.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

It’s All About The Money

Or The Biggest Fish, First Blue Marlin, Or Number Of Fish You Catch- Depending On How You Look At It


This year’s total tournament purse will likely amount to the highest winnings in the rich history of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. With over $2.5 Million in prize money awarded in 2018, some fabulous fishermen will be riding off into the sunset with a little more than a wagon full of silver dollars. There are several different categories that each boat can enter and the check for each varies depending on a few different factors. The kicker- you’ve got to pay to enter the category to receive the money. Some boats miss out on big pay-days by not entering all categories, which makes this tournament unique in the fact that there’s a little strategy involved with the signups. This year’s Dolphin ‘Winner Take All’ category has increased it’s earnings, with more than $350,000 projected to be awarded to the boat that brings in the biggest dolphin, based off last year’s number of participants. The Fabulous Fisherman prize is always a highly sought-after award, based off the tradition from the first tournament and the $500,000 payday- The first boat to weigh in a 500 pound Blue Marlin takes the cake. Now try to imagine weighing in the first fish, and having it hold out to be the heaviest throughout the entire week. You’re probably heading home with a 7 figure check, and your named etched in history at Big Rock Landing. It’s truly a sight to see the strength it takes to raise one of these oceanic beasts up on to the scale, and you can only imagine trying to get one safely onto the boat. Make sure to tune in to the hookup schedule, to see one of these massive fish weighed in for yourself!


Good Fun, All For Good Cause

Family, Community & Charity Drives The Big Rock Foundation To Grow Every Year


The Official Mission Statement for the Big Rock Foundation Board includes:

  1. To promote sport fishing throughout Carteret County and the state of North Carolina
  2. To promote conservation among sport fisherman
  3. To raise money for Charities and Worth Community Projects
  4. To preserve Maritime Culture & Heritage
  5. To promote Marine Education

Of these goals, one of the most enjoyable experiences the board members have (other than Big Rock week) is giving back to local charities and community projects. In 2018, the board was able to fund their annual core donations, and also contribute $150,000 to the Morehead City Little League and $50,000 to help fund electric bills for locals affected from Hurricane Florence. In total, from the 2018 event alone, the Big Rock Foundation donated a total of $458,000 back into our community! The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC Foundation boasts a total of $5 million to charitable donations and goodwill back to our company over the course of its existence.

New Initiatives

One of our favorite new initiatives that started last year is the ‘Big Rock, Big Hero’ campaign. Through a corporate sponsorship with Salt Life, active duty military are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to fish aboard a boat in The Big Rock Tournament.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC has obviously become a tremendous success story, not only for the fishermen, or donation recipients, but for all of Carteret County and the businesses that call it home. One of the busiest weeks of the year, and traditionally the first full week that NC Public Schools let out for Summer Vacation, there is a lot riding on a great kickoff to the Summertime. The Big Rock fills the void, not only for fishing supply stores, marinas, restaurants & bars, but also lodging accommodations (like us!), the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park, and the NC Maritime Museum.


Big Rock Landing in downtown Morehead City is the place to be in the early afternoons of the second weekend in June. If you’re not able to attend, you can usually catch a live broadcast on The Big Rock website, and follow along the action for projected weigh-in times.


Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC: The Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament is a fun and unique way to start the Big Rock Week off!

Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament

A Kickoff To Big Rock Week, A Chance For The Ladies To Shine, & A Beautiful Tribute To A Wonderful Woman


The Saturday before boats start their engines for the official Big Rock Tournament, most participate in the Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament, also known as the KWLA. It is a one-day event for the ladies to showcase their fishing skills, hopefully win some money, and again- all for a good cause. One of the highlights of the entire week, is the Friday night Captain’s Party- featuring the Best Dressed Competition for Lady Angler Tournament participating teams. It’s truly a site to see, and a great chance for all fishermen and fisher women to get together and celebrate what they all hope to be a successful week of ‘Tight Lines’. Last year, the KWLA resulted in another record purse, with nearly $150,000 dollars awarded to winners, and $25,000 presented to the Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.

A Nod To One Of Our Own

Jim Bailey deserves a ton of credit for helping The Big Rock Become What It Is Today


Jim Bailey, one of our Atlantic Beach Real Estate Agents, has proudly served on The Big Rock Board of Directors for 27 years. He was named the President of the Board from 1997-1999 and championed the efforts to make Big Rock Landing a reality. The Big Rock Landing has played a huge part in revitalizing the downtown Morehead City business district, while allowing boats to weigh-in safely and spectators to view all the action first-hand. Just across Evans Street from Big Rock Landing, hosts the Big Rock headquarters, which serves as the supply store and board member meeting area.


Jim Bailey- Wearer of many hats (Including, but Not Limited to) Broker/REALTOR® at our Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach Office, Owner/Operator of Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, and Big Rock Foundation Board Member


The 61st Annual Big Rock T-Shirt comes in a wide variety of coastal colors, and features a Marlin similar to the statue located at Big Rock Landing, with a classic Sport fishing vessel backed-in to the official weigh-in station in the background.

How Many Big Rock Tees Do You Have?

If the answer is 0- Order one today from The Big Rock Online Store!


Did you know- The Big Rock sells about 30,000 T-Shirts each year?! Chances are if you’ve lived or visited along The Crystal Coast, you’ve got one somewhere, but if you don’t- There’s no need to panic! You can visit The Big Rock Store in Downtown Morehead at 710 Evans Street, or you can order all of their products online from The Big Rock Webstore. They offer a variety of products showcasing the different logos and artwork for the KWLA and Big Rock Tournaments, almost always mentioning ‘The Fisherman’s Paradise’ where it all started, Morehead City, NC. You’ll be able to find everything you need including the famous T-Shirts, hats, towels, buckets, cups, koozies & more!

To learn more about Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC, who’s in the lead, and attend some of the events, click the button below!


Carteret Big Sweep Weekend Cleanups

You Can Help Clean Up The Crystal Coast This Weekend

The Carteret County Government is committed to doing their part to help make a difference in the eradication of litter in our communities. Through the Carteret Big Sweep initiative, they’re also going to be educating the public on the negative impacts of litter in our communities and what citizens can do to prevent the problem from growing out of control. It’s no surprise that roadside trash and debris makes its way into our local waterways and can harm humans and wildlife alike. This weekend, Carteret County Towns are taking a stand and organizing community cleanups to help keep our communities as naturally beautiful as possible. See the photo below to figure out which event you’ll plan to attend. These cleanups are open to all ages. Participants shouldn’t need to bring anything but are encouraged to dress appropriately. It looks like some nice weather is in the forecast, but temperatures will be climbing into the lower 80’s so be mindful of the heat and be sure to apply sunscreen throughout the day.




We want to make sure our beaches are clean and our oceans are healthy!

Take the steps to help cleanup the Crystal Coast the next time you’re out in nature.


If you’re free this Saturday- please consider stopping by one of these cleanup efforts. The more we do as a group, the bigger difference we will make!

Emerald Isle & Sufrider Bogue Banks Chapter Teaming Up


The Bogue Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will coordinate the cleanup efforts for the Emerald Isle area this Saturday. Everyone interested in being involved can meet at the parking lot in Emerald Isle Woods at 9:30 AM. The local non-profit organization cleans the beaches once a month, and organizes other various events to help spread the word of reducing, reusing and recycling.

Sea Turtle Protection Along the Crystal Coast

Join your local Sea Turtle Protection Crew!

Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol


The Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol group has played an active role in protecting Turtle hatchlings along our coast for many years. The EI Sea Turtle Patrol is made up of around 250 volunteers, all working in specific capacities to help ensure that baby turtles make it down to the water safely at birth. They cover 13 miles of beach, split into 1 mile zones. During nesting season, walkers in each zone are out at dawn to look for tracks left by nesting mothers. When a nest is discovered, other members come out to stake it off. If it is in a precarious location, volunteers will move the nest, but only if it is absolutely necessary. The goal is always to keep things as natural as possible. Once a nest is close to hatching, also known as a boil- nest sitters keep a vigil through the night to ensure that the hatchlings make it out to the water. During the summer, the sitters often have plenty of company; visitors pull up their beach chairs and settle in to watch the nest and ask questions, this draws in more people, and before you know it, it’s a turtle party. The fall boils tend to be more quiet, intimate affairs with just the sitters and hatchlings. A few days after a boil, the patrol excavates the nest and takes an inventory, which gets turned over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.


For more information about the EI Sea Turtle Patrol, or if you have any questions- please reach out to Program Coordinator Dale Baquer at eiseaturtlepatrol@gmail.com



The Annual EI Sea Turtle Patrol Meeting will be held

Saturday, April 6th from 10 AM-1 PM

at the Emerald Isle Rec Center (7500 Emerald Drive)

Come out to learn more about the program, meet the zone coordinators,

and sign up to become part of the Sea Turtle Patrol team!

Atlantic Beach Sea Turtle Program


Each summer in Atlantic Beach, and all along Bogue Banks, Sea Turtle Nesting season is from May 1 through October. Of the seven sea turtle species, five are found in NC waters and loggerheads are the most common turtle nesting on NC beaches. These amazing animals need to be protected.

To help protect these endangered animals, NC Wildlife Resources Commission has volunteers that walk the beaches every morning looking for sea turtle crawls that indicate a nest has been laid. The nest is then roped off until it hatches, 50-60 days later. Before the nests hatch, volunteers watch the nests in the evening to help ensure the hatchlings make it to the ocean.

Help protect sea turtle nests by volunteering with the North Carolina Sea Turtle Project. Contact the Atlantic Beach Sea Turtle Volunteer Coordinator: Michele Lamping        ABseaturtlecoordinator@hotmail.com 


For more information about the EI Sea Turtle Patrol, or if you have any questions- please reach out to Program Coordinator Dale Baquer at eiseaturtlepatrol@gmail.com


Even if you’re not living full-time along The Crystal Coast, here are some ways to help promote sustainable sea turtle nests!

  • Turn off or shield bright oceanside lights during nesting season so turtles don’t get confused when trying to reach the ocean.
  • When walking the beach at night, use flashlights with a red filter. The red light will not distract or deter the turtles.
  • Take care of your trash and pick up litter so sea turtles and other animals don’t choke or become entangled.
  • Remove all chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and other obstacles overnight to help provide safe movement for and prevent obstructions to, nesting sea turtles during Summer-Fall nesting season. They may block nesting females and new hatchlings.
  • Fill in any holes you find dug on the beach. People and nesting females can fall into holes and injure themselves.
  • Keep your pets and children away from designated nest sites on the beach.
  • Report any nesting activity or injured and dead turtles you encounter to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, 252-247-4003.

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Fest and Swansboro Rotary Oyster Roast

28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday, March 16th | 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Get ready for a great time at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival! The annual event includes a great lineup of live music, an impressive amount of local arts and crafts vendors, plus a wide variety of food and drinks the whole family can enjoy. The little ones will especially enjoy the amusement rides setup in the parking lot behind Ace Hardware. The always popular Beer Garden will be open from 10 AM- 5 PM, and will host the Gold Stage under a large tent. The final band of the night, Spare Change is always a crowdpleaser and will take the stage at 4 in the afternoon. Make sure to bring your ID’s if you plan on entering the tent area. Parking diagonally along Hwy 58 is permitted for the town-sponsored festival and any other questions regarding the event should be directed to EI Parks & Recreation department at (252) 354-6350.




Be sure to bring the family over to our Emerald Isle office at the corner of Mangrove Drive & Hwy 58

& pose for a photo-op in your festive outfits on our Big Green Beach Chair!

We will have an Agent on Duty all day, if you have any questions Real Estate related questions.

Swansboro Rotary Club 40th Annual Oyster Roast & Pig Out


For those folks who want to keep the party going throughout the evening, the Swansboro Rotary Club is cookin’ up quite the festival of their own. The 40th Annual Oyster Roast & Pig Out will start up around 5:00 PM, although some folks do gather ’round before to try and make their way to the front of the line. The cost to enter is $60 at the door, or $50 if you buy a ticket before. Rotary members have tickets available for purchase, and they can be found at participating local businesses. A ticket to the event includes all the oysters you can eat, plenty of barbeque, fried fish and sides, plus free beer to wash it all down. Chances are they’ll have your favorite college basketball team on the big screen and the band will play a few tunes you know. There’s always a good crowd so have fun & be safe getting home!