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Emerald Isle Activities

Emerald Isle Restaurants

Emerald Isle Restaurants

Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast are home to many exciting dining opportunities. Click for some of our favorite options!
Emerald Isle Beaches

Emerald Isle Beaches

The focal point of any vacation to Emerald Isle are the miles of pristine beaches along our gentle coastline. Locals will tell you that The Point is a spectacular beach not to be missed!
Emerald Isle Boating

Marinas & Boat Rentals

Emerald Isle is truly a water lovers paradise, and one of the best ways to experience the area is from the water. Whether you own a boat or need to rent one, Emerald Isle has what you need.
Emerald Isle Jet Skis & Wave Runners

Jet Skis and Wave Runners

Emerald Isle is the ultimate playground for personal watercraft, with miles upon miles of flat water exploration among the tidal islands of Bogue Sound or out in the open waters of the Atlantic.
Emerald Isle Kayaking


Whether it's kayaking in the ocean, paddling the tidal estuaries, going upriver into black water, or catching the thrill of wave surfing, Emerald Isle offers a lifetime of kayaking possibilities.
Emerald Isle Golfing

Golfing the Crystal Coast

If no vacation is complete without a trip to the links, Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast have several outstanding courses to test your golfing skills.
Emerald Isle scuba

Crystal Coast Scuba Diving

The Outer Banks are world renowned for some of the finest wreck diving opportunities available. If you like life under the water, then Emerald Isle should be your next destination.
Emerald Isle para-sailing


For the thrill seekers, parasailing above Emerald Isle is one of the most extraordinary ways to see the area at it's maximum advantage.
Emerald Isle Miniature Golf and Go Karts

Miniature Golf and Go Karts

How can you make a beach vacation without at least one trip to the mini-links for some golfing and karting fun? Emerald Isle has several destinations to choose from, so pack your A game!
Emerald Isle fishing


Off shore? Shore casting? Trolling? Charter? Black water? Pier? Just tell us what you'd like to catch and we'll tell you where to go to hook your dinner!
Emerald Isle surfing

Surfing & Paddleboarding

Emerald Isle routinely offers great conditions for surfing, especially in the off season months. There's even a summer surf camp to help newcomers discover the sport of surfing.
Emerald Isle cruises


There are several types of cruises to get you out on the water and see the sites of Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast.
Emerald Isle biking

Bicycling and Rentals

Whether you're looking to ride from one end of the island to the other, or just enjoy a pedal on the beach, Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast has great biking opportunities.
Day Spas and Massage

Spa Information

Great day spas and massage therapy.

Emerald Isle Area Attractions & Day Trips

Historic Swansboro


Historic Swansboro is an idyllic fishing village filled with great seafood restaurants, quaint shops and plenty of local charm. Make time to discover a classic Outer Banks community.
Beaufort, NC


Another classic Outer Banks village, Beaufort is home to several great festivals and numerous shops, museums and restaurants. Steeped in history and local lore, a visit to Beaufort is a must.
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

North Carolina Aquarium

Located a short distance away in Pine Knoll Shores, the NC Aquarium offers a spectacular way to view and learn about the local aquatic wildlife. The kids will love it.
Fort Macon

Fort Macon State Park

Fascinating historical 19th century Civil War fort, recreation area with lifeguard-protected swimming, bathhouse and picnic area. Civil War reenactments performed in summer months.
Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park

Located on the uninhabited Bear I10/22/2012 5:50:43 PMsland just west of Emerald Isle across Bogue Inlet, this park has miles of pristine beaches to explore. The island is accessible by ferry, boat or kayak.
Shackleford Banks Ponies

Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

Located on the uninhabited Bear Island just west of Emerald Isle across Bogue Inlet, this park has miles of pristine beaches to explore. The island is accessable by ferry, boat or kayak.

Emerald Isle Annual Festivals

Beaufort Music Festival

Beaufort Music Festival

In early May Beaufort hosts the Beaufort Music Festival, a three day long music festival.
NC Seafood Festival

NC Seafood Festival

The first weekend in October brings the big daddy of all the area events, the NC Seafood Festival hosted in Morehead City.
Swansboro Mullet Festival

Swansboro Mullet Festival

Swansboro hosts their annual Mullet Festival on the 2nd weekend in October, featuring music, area vendors and great seafood. And when we say mullets, we mean the mullets that you catch in the temperate waters around Emerald Isle, not the hairstyle...!
More Festival and Events

More Festival and Events

There's always something going on in and around Emerald Isle. From arts and craft shows, festivals and outdoor concerts, you can almost always find an interesting diversion. There are several big events that are worth scheduling your vacation to coincide with.