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Emerald Isle Condos & Vacation Rentals

Emerald Island Travel Guide

For a beach getaway that is unforgettable, head to Emerald Island. This town in North Carolina is part of the Crystal Coast and tourists flock here during the spring and summer to enjoy the oceanfront and beautiful beaches. But it is more than just beach paradise; there is also everything from fishing piers and parks. There are unique shopping opportunities, with fun local shops and souvenir stores. When it comes to dining, seafood is high on the menu, but there is also a range of local cafes and BBQ restaurants.

Things to Do in Emerald Island

The Point is a beautiful place to relax and watch the sunset. With a sandy white beach and turquoise blue sea, there is nowhere else vacationers want to be! Of course, there is also the opportunity to get out into the water and enjoy paddle boarding, kitesurfing, and swimming. To see what visitors can catch, head to the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. This extends out into the ocean and fishers love to gather here. For some fun with all of the family, head to Salty Pirate Water Park of Emerald Isle, which has wading pools and exciting slides. For walking and wildlife spotting, head to Emerald Isle Woods Park and Cedar Street Park.

Best Time to Visit Emerald Island

The most popular time to visit Emerald Island is during the summer months. But fall and spring are also pleasant times of the year for a vacation.

A Local's Guide to Emerald Isle

The vacation resort of Emerald Isle is on Bogue Banks Island and forms part of the North Carolina Crystal Coast. Here is the perfect place for a family friendly vacation, as Emerald Isle has fishing, water sports and miles of beautiful shoreline.

Once owned by Henry Fort, Emerald Isle was planned to be a summer tourist attraction and ocean resort. The plans never came to be and his daughter inherited the area then sold it in 1951 to seven investors.

A ferry service along the beaches began in 1960 and the in 1971 the Cameron Langston Bridge was opened which improved transport links from Cedar Point to the Emerald Isle. This bridge stretched over the Intracoastal Waterway and brought more investment, and people, to the isle. Nowadays, vacationers flock to this area to fish and spot marine life. There is also a disc golf course at Emerald Isle Woods Park and a host of birdlife can be spotted as part of the North Caroline Birding Trail. Sea turtles come to the island every year to nest and these creatures are protected by federal law.

While taking a vacation in Emerald Isle, visitors can take a trip to the nearby Cape Lookout National Seashore. This is a preserved section of the Southern Outer Banks which stretches from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. It's a great day out and families can enjoy fishing, camping and birding as well as learning about the Cape Lookout Light Station. From the top of the lighthouse, brave climbers can enjoy wide-reaching views and watch sailboats on the water.

To get up-close to birdlife, kayakers can paddle along some of the 112 miles of shoreline.

Take a trip to Pine Knoll Shores for some more unspoilt coastline and the North Carolina Aquarium. There are sand tiger sharks, a 6ft green moray eel and other sharks and large fish. The biggest exhibit at the aquarium is the 306,000 gallon Living Shipwrek. There is a replica German submarine which was sunk off the North Carolina coast which has been made into an incredible tank and the tidal touch pool allows children to hold and touch some aquatic animals. Visitors should also check out Nimbus, the rare white sand turtle who was found on Pine Knoll shores.

Stop off at the village of Salter Path in the middle of Bogue Banks and see some of the families who were original residents of the area. Indian Beach is also worth a visit to sample some of the incredible, fresh fish caught the same day.

Once a year the EmeraldFest Concert Series runs a program of free events for families and friends. The summer season allows visitors to bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoor performances.

For cyclists, there is an 11-mile bike path which runs from the Indian Beach town limits all the way to Bogue Inlet. The cycle path goes along Coast Guard Road and Loon Drive. This is a great way for visitors to see the island at a slower pace and passes all the main destinations.

There are also a lot of stores to pick up souvenirs, homewares or clothing in Emerald Isle.

There are lots of beach rentals in Emerald Isle which to suit a single family, large groups of friends or extended families. A beach house is a perfect place to stay for a beach vacation and choosing one with a covered porch means it can be enjoyed even if the weather changes. Properties managed by an agent or real estate offer can take the pressure off and allow visitors to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach.

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Emerald Isle is in July, while the cheapest month is in March. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Emerald Isle is in the high season in July. Emerald Isle has its low season in December, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.
The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Emerald Isle tends to be Sunday, while the most expensive day tends to be Wednesday. Vacation homes in Emerald Isle tend to be busiest on Fridays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Emerald Isle. The hottest month in Emerald Isle is April, when temperatures peak at 91 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to 0 ˚F. The wettest month in Emerald Isle is April with 9.77 inches of rain, while the driest month is November with 1.07 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle

Browse accommodations from all the best providers including VRBO, Airbnb, Homeaway and more at AllTheRooms.com. AllTheRooms has 1628 vacation rentals, hotels and other great places to stay during your time in Emerald Isle, with everything from cheap hostels and homestays to luxury Airbnbs and hotels. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Emerald Isle is available at $39 per night. The average price of accommodation in is $312 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 512 accommodations in Emerald Isle that have WiFi. We have 10 accommodations that come with a breakfast included. Fitness addicts can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 32 accommodations that have gym facilities. Driving to Emerald Isle? Then choose one of the 506 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included. 40 hotels and vacation rentals have a pool or jacuzzi.

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We combine a wide variety of Emerald Isle accommodations including vacation rentals, homestays, hostels and other unique places to stay into one easy search. We show results from more than 3 providers, including 304 places to stay from VRBO, 160 accommodations from Airbnb and 58 places to stay from Homeaway.

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