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Visited by thousands of NC bound vacationers and the permanent home to many, the Crystal Coast is situated along North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks. Comprised of the mainland communities of Beaufort, Morehead City to the east and Cape Carteret, and Swansboro to the west, the Bogue Banks barrier island towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle are sandwiched in between. If you’re seeking the ultimate NC beach vacation escape, it’s here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina!

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  1. Beach Access Points and Maps
  2. Beach Condo Developments
  3. Golf Courses
  4. Restaurants
  5. Attractions
  6. Fishing Piers
  7. Things To Do
  8. Annual Events
  9. Shopping
  10. Crystal Coast Photos
  11. Emerald Isle Boat Ramps

The NC Crystal Coast – What’s Not to Love!

Comprised of pristine NC Crystal Coast beaches, historical landmarks, abundant wildlife, fabulous shopping, sumptuous local restaurants, fun-filled attractions, memorable events and awesome natural wonders, the Crystal Coast is all of this and so much more! Before you plan your NC Crystal Coast vacation trip you’ll need to search for your perfect Crystal Coast rental property. The Crystal Coast Blog is loaded with great Crystal Coast vacation resources and condo information.

Need Help Locating That Perfect Crystal Coast Rental Property?

With so many NC Crystal Coast visitors traveling from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, South and North Carolina, you need all the help you can get to plan your perfect Crystal Coast vacation. Always mindful to protect your private information, feel free to contact the Crystal Coast Blog today! Your Crystal Coast Blogger and this resource is here to help you with planning your NC beach vacation. No strings – no pressure and completely free, email today if you need assistance!

Categories: Crystal Coast Rental Advice

Post Your Emerald Isle Instagram and Twitpics Here!

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We’ll Make You Famous!

Well, not you but your shared Instagram and Twitpics for sure! And we will give photo credit to each photograph linking back to your website, Twitter profile or Instagram profile.

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Categories: Crystal Coast Memories, Emerald Isle Beach Talk

Emerald Isle’s 2014 4th of July Fireworks Display

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Are You Ready to Celebrate the 4th of July Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Launched from the Bogue Inlet PierStyle?

If you are vacationing on Emerald Isle for the 4th of July be sure to catch the fireworks show. Once again, the launch platform will be the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier.
The fireworks display will be visible from almost any vantage point on the island including the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound.

9:00 pm

100 Bogue Inlet Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594


Will You Be There?

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What Should be in Your Beach Bag?

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So you have rented your Emerald Isle vacation beach house. The car is packed and you’re about to head south. Many of you traveling longer distances hail from Ohio, or maybe Pennsylvania. Why do we know this? Take a glance at the license plates when you arrive in EI. See what I mean?
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Categories: Crystal Coast Fashion, Emerald Isle Beach Talk, Off Topic

5 FREE or Ridiculously Cheap Things to do in Emerald Isle

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So the car is packed and you are headed to the Crystal Coast for a vacation. If this is your first time visiting Emerald Isle, you may be asking yourself;

 what is there to do in Emerald Isle, NC?

Here is a great list of activities you try when you arrive!

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The Nautical Club Condo Update

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Many of you have been inquiring about the status of the Nautical Club Condos located in Indian Beach. If you follow Bluewater Real Estate’s tweets, you would have seen their tweet this morning announcing the Ribbon Cutting at The Nautical Club which will take place (tomorrow) Thursday, April 25th at 4:30pm.

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Categories: Crystal Coast Events, Crystal Coast News

Things Your Family can do on an Emerald Isle Fall Vacation

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Fall is a terrific time to take an Emerald Isle, NC family vacation! The weather is ideal, the water is still warm and there are plenty of things to do. As seen in the video below, you can toss the football on the beach (ours was blinged out with LEDs), kayak in Bogue Sound, explore islands, ride the waves, bike, play golf and so much more!

What’s your favorite fall activity on Emerald Isle?

Leave a comment and let everyone know.

Categories: Emerald Isle Fun Things

Emerald Isle Parrot Head Weekend Aug 3-5, 2012

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Headed down to the Crystal Coast of NC this weekend? If so, you might want to check out the Parrot Head Weekend today (Friday, August 3) through Sunday, August 5. The Town of Emerald Isle has even proclaimed this weekend as Emerald Isle Parrot Head Weekend. In it’s proclamation town mayor Arthur B. Schools, Jr encourages all residents and visitors to “enjoy and embrace this weekend in the same way that it will be observed by the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club – with laughter and good friends – “Party With A Purpose”!

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Categories: Crystal Coast News, Emerald Isle Fun Things

Emerald Isle, NC Fireworks Display July 4th, 2012

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What would the 4th of July Emerald Isle holiday be without a fireworks display off the Bogue Inlet Pier? The great news is you can bring your whole family to see the Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks 4th of July Fireworks Return to Bogue Inletdisplay for 2012! Clearly seen from the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound, this year’s fireworks will be launched from the Bogue Inlet Pier. Visitors up and down the Emerald Isle coast will be able to catch the display!

With parking a premium, you would be wise to arrive early for parking. The fun begins at 9 PM!


Speaking of parking, be sure to view the Google Map below to help you find the most convenient parking to the Bogue Inlet Pier.

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Categories: Crystal Coast Memories, Emerald Isle Beach Talk, Emerald Isle Fun Things

Hurricane Irene Update from Atlantic Beach

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One of the ireporters just submitted this video of flooding in Atlantic Beach. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-661164?ref=feeds

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Crystal Coast Fireworks Displays for 2011

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Here is a quick update. For everyone who has been calling me, the Emerald Isle, NC July 4, 2011 fireworks display will occur this year off the Bogue Inlet Pier at 9PM Monday night. If you’re leaving the 4th of July Fireworks Launched from the Bogue Inlet PierCrystal Coast Sunday, it’s a shame as you’ll miss the sight of the fireworks being launched over the Atlantic Ocean.

Shoot and Tell!

If you happen to take any photos of the 4th of July fireworks celebration in Emerald Isle (like the one to the right that I took several years ago), be sure to email me those photos to info@crystalcoastblog.com and I’ll post your photos here on the Crystal Coast Blog for all to see!

Everyone have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July 2011!

Bobby – Your Crystal Coast Blogger!

Categories: Crystal Coast Events

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