Can You Drive on Emerald Isle Beach?

Beach driving is the perfect weekend activity to do while at the ocean. Of the many attractions that Emerald Isle brings, beach driving is always a favorite! So, can you drive on Emerald Isle Beach? Short answer: YES! Long answer: You will need to apply for a permit before you can drive on the beach strand. Let’s get into the details!

What time of year can I drive on the beach in Emerald Isle?

According to the town of Emerald Isle, beach driving opens in mid-September and runs to late April of the next year. For 2021-2022, Emerald Isle beach driving runs from September 15th to April 30th. However, beach driving is closed in Emerald Isle from April 15th – 25th for the Easter Holiday. Due to the time change, the beach will have differing operating hours throughout the year. Check out the list below for a full breakdown.

EMERALD ISLE BEACH DRIVING HOURS 2021-2022

  • September 15th to November 6th – 5:00 am to 9:00 pm 
  • November 7th to March 12th – 5:00 am to 7:00 pm 
  • March 13th to April 30th – 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

*Note: All vehicles must be off of the beach strand before closing hours. Vehicles not off the beach strand may be cited by the police department. 

Do I need a permit to drive on Emerald Isle Beach?

Yes. All vehicles require an annual beach driving permit issued by the Town of Emerald Isle. For non-residents, a beach driving permit is $175, for Carteret County residents, a beach driving permit is $100, and for Emerald Isle residents under 65, a beach driving permit is $50. If you are a person with a disability, a Veteran with a disability, a Town employee, or an Emerald Isle resident over age 65, your beach driving permit will be free of charge. 

beach driving sign in emerald isle
Signs at each Beach Driving entrance in Emerald Isle.

What type of vehicle do I need for beach driving?

At Emerald Isle beaches, all vehicles must be 4-wheel drive vehicles. All-wheel drive vehicles are prohibited. 

How do I apply for a beach driving permit in Emerald Isle?

The application process is very simple. Just visit the Town of Emerald Isle’s website and apply online. You will need a valid driver’s license, your vehicle registration, any supporting documentation, and payment information ready. Apply for a beach driving permit here.

What are the beach driving rules for Emerald Isle?

All vehicles must abide by North Carolina Vehicle laws while driving on the strand. The speed limit is 20 MPH and all vehicles must allow pedestrians the right of way. Please reduce speed and avoid driving near beachgoers. Also, be on the lookout for any sea turtle nests or other wildlife that may have come ashore. 

Driving on the dunes is not allowed at any time. This is vital to the environment and vehicles should stay a minimum of 10 feet away from any primary dunes. Occasionally, beach driving locations may be closed to all guests, in which case a sign will be posted at the entrance to the beach. 

Where can I enter to drive on Emerald Isle beach?

Authorized beach access ramps for entry and exit are located at the following sites. 

Emerald Isle Beach Driving Ramp Access Map

Ocean Drive Ramp – “dog-leg” (located on the east end near mile marker 15 on NC 58 near 3101 Ocean Drive and the Emerald Isle Dollar General) **Fun fact: Our vacation rental property Blue Sapphire is located across the street from this driving ramp!

Black Skimmer Ramp – Black Skimmer Drive (located across from the Police Department near 7501 Ocean Drive)

Point Ramp – The Point (located at the terminus of Inlet Drive and Bogue Ct. near 100 Bogue Ct.) 

Other things to know about Emerald Isle Beach Driving 

Please be sure to adhere your Beach Driving Permit to the inside of the lower left-hand side of your front window and remove decals from all previous years. The Emerald Isle Police Department strictly enforces these rules. Please also allow 20 feet from the primary dunes to remain open for first responders and town vehicles to pass by once on the beach strand. If any of your party digs holes in the sand while visiting, please fill in the holes before leaving as these can be detrimental to other cars. 

Last but not least, HAVE FUN, bring your dog, your family, and enjoy our beautiful Emerald Isle beach! If you have any further questions, please be sure to visit EmeraldIsleNC.org for more information. 

Is Emerald Isle Beach Dog-Friendly?

We all love our furry friends and want to bring them with us everywhere! So when planning a beach vacation to Emerald Isle we have to ask, “Can my dog come too?!” The short answer: Yes! Emerald Isle is a dog-friendly beach destination along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. 

Now let’s dig into the dog-gone details.

Can Dogs go on Emerald Isle Beach?

Yes, dogs are allowed on Emerald Isle Beach as long as they are on leashes. 

Does my Dog need to stay on a Leash in Emerald Isle?

Yes, your dog must remain on a leash the entire time while on Emerald Isle beach. If your dog would like to run or chase a ball on the beach, we recommend using retractable leashes.

A great example of a retractable dog leash with an attached waste bag dispenser.

What are the pet policies in Emerald Isle NC? 

According to the Town of Emerald Isle’s latest Beach Regulations, “Dogs are permitted on the beach strand but must be kept on a leash. Dog excrement must be collected and removed from the beach strand.” There are plenty of trash can containers along the beach strand located at every public beach access. Our tip? Bring pet waste bags with you. There are great options of clip-on waste bag containers that you can attach to your dog’s leash

Where are the best places to take my dog in Emerald Isle? 

Dogs are not only allowed on the beach strand itself but there are also great options along E.I. including walking trails, a cute dog-friendly pet and coffee shop in town, and nearby dog parks in Morehead City. There are also talks of a new dog park being built in Emerald Isle soon! Keep up to date or donate to the dog park by visiting the Emerald Isle website here

The fenced-in yard at PDL Beach Properties’ Coral Cottage Vacation Rental.

Where are dog-friendly places to stay in Emerald Isle?

Funny you should ask! We offer dog-friendly vacation rental options in Emerald Isle at PDL Beach Properties! Here is a list of our pet-friendly homes in Emerald Isle. There are also some dog-friendly options on the island at local hotels plus our friends at bringfido.com have some amazing listings as well! 


We hope this article helped answer your pawing questions about dog-friendly options at Emerald Isle! If you have any other questions regarding our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Emerald Isle, visit our about page or contact us online.

4th of July 2021 Events near Emerald Isle

It’s a star-spangled celebration and we are excited to have so many 4th of July celebrations happening near Emerald Isle this year!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Town of Emerald Isle canceled their 4th of July Celebrations for 2021 but don’t fret! We have rounded up a list of nearby fireworks celebrations that you can attend with distances already configured so you can find a 4th of July event near you! Read on for a complete list of Fireworks and 4th of July celebrations near Emerald Isle! 

2021 4th of July Events Near Emerald Isle

Swansboro 4th of July Celebration

Distance from Emerald Isle: 11.8 miles (21-minute drive)

Location: Downtown Swansboro, NC at the Harry C. Pugliese, Jr. Pavilion at Olde Town Square, 102 W Church St, Swansboro, NC 28584

Date: July 2nd – Fireworks, July 4th – Live Music

Time: Fireworks at 9 PM on July 2nd, Live Music from 6 – 10 PM on July 4th

Details: Enjoy the fireworks display on Friday, July 2nd at 9 PM and live entertainment on July 4th, from 6-10 PM by the Tams at the Harry C Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion. There will be food vendors on-site and we also encourage patrons to visit the downtown restaurants.

https://www.swansborofestivals.com/july-4th

Swansboro 4th of July invitation
Swansboro NC 4th of July Celebration Invitation

Atlantic Beach 4th of July Celebration

Distance from Emerald Isle: 12.5 miles (22-minute drive)

Location: Atlantic Beach Circle, 115 Atlantic Blvd. Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Time: 7 PM – 10 PM

Details: Join us for live music by Robert McDuffy from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Circle on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Afterward, fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m. The fireworks are set off from the beachfront and can be seen all throughout Town.

http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/july-4th-fireworks/ 

Morehead City 4th of July Celebration

Distance from Emerald Isle: 15.3 miles (29-minute drive)

Location: Jaycee Park, Morehead City Waterfront, 807 Shepard St, Morehead City, NC 28557

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Time: 9 PM

Details: At 9 pm, the sky explodes with the Morehead City Fireworks display. Every year, this spectacular show is shot off from across the water on Sugarloaf Island bringing the audience so close to the action, it is almost like being underneath the bursts of light and noise. The fireworks display is sponsored by the Town of Morehead City and hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. The Main Event Band will also be playing live music from 7 PM to 10 PM. 

https://www.crystalcoastnc.org/event/morehead-city-fireworks/24533/

join us as we light up the sky
Morehead City 4th of July Invitation from their social media accounts

Beaufort 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration

Distance from Emerald Isle: 19 miles (33-minute drive)

Location: The parade will be along Front Street, We suggest parking along the side streets or arriving early to park at Grayden Paul Park, 718 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Time: 4 PM – 9 PM

Details: The Beaufort Development Association’s (BDA) annual 4th of July parade will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Line-up begins at 3 p.m. at Gordon Street. The parade route will travel Front Street from Gordon Street to Turner Street and end at the Carteret County courthouse. Fireworks will be a non-gathering event this year. The best viewing will be at the end of Cedar St. looking out to the Maritime property. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. 

Beaufort 4th of July Parade

Beaufort 4th of July Fireworks

We hope this list of nearby 4th of July events helps you and your family find a fantastic fireworks show near Emerald Isle this summer! 

Love,

The PDL Beach Team

Coastal Living Magazine names Emerald Isle, North Carolina in Top 12 List!

To us, Emerald Isle will always be #1 and it seems like Coastal Living Magazine agrees! Emerald Isle was listed in the Top 12 of their recent issue: The Best Places to Live on the Coast 2021!

Coastal Living Magazine Feature for Emerald Isle NC

The article describes our beautiful town as, “a beachy little town” with a good vibe. From our delicious seafood to our “vibrant watersports culture” to our warm emerald waters, Emerald Isle is a year-round destination. In fact, the article also mentions that our town motto, “Nice Matters” is seen everywhere to set the tone for a one-of-a-kind beach location.

Emerald Isle Beach along the NC Crystal Coast

We are honored that our town was included in this list from the East Coast to the West. We think we have such a perfect piece of paradise and hope that visitors who come to us from all over the US appreciate it as much as we do! Thank you to Coastal Magazine for this amazing feature!

Ready to visit Emerald Isle? At PDL Beach Properties, we have Emerald Isle Vacation rentals ranging from 3 story homes to cottages by the sea. Check out our Emerald Isle Vacation rentals and book your next stay today!

Top 10 Ice Cream Spots in Emerald Isle

Craving something sweet in the Emerald Isle area? Well, you’re in luck! There are a ton of Ice cream and dessert spots to choose from in Emerald Isle. Here are 10 Ice Cream spots in Emerald Isle that are our favorites!

1. The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot is known for its variety of ice cream flavors, milkshakes, and fun colorful rocking chairs lining it’s entryway. Perfect Emerald Isle Ice cream spot for the entire family. Check out the latest video from the Town of Emerald Isle for inside scoop!

2. Turtley Sweet

Turtley Sweet is located in Emerald Plantation and is an ice cream, candy, and toy store! They serve 24 flavors of Hershey’s Premium Ice Cream along with specialty sundaes, milkshakes, and smoothies. They also have over 80 bulk flavors of candy, 70 flavors of fresh saltwater taffy, bulk premium chocolates, and nostalgic wrapped candies and sodas! Last but not least, Turtley Sweet has a fun and well-stocked store with unique gifts and toys. 

3. TLC’s Polish Water Ice

If you haven’t heard of Polish Water Ice, you have to try this unique dessert! Polish Water Ice is not the same as Italian Water Ice.  Polish Water Ice is a creamy soft-serve water ice treat that is 100% fat-free, 100% cholesterol-free, 100% dairy-free and 100% delicious.

With its great taste, comes Polish Water Ice’s uniqueness. Rather than serving a stored product, Polish Water Ice is made fresh while you wait.  It couldn’t be any fresher!

4. Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

If you haven’t tried a custard shake from Highway 55 paired with a delicious hamburger & fries, have you even been to Emerald Isle?! This is a perfect place to cool off after a hot morning on the beach. The custard can also be paired with toppings such as oreo, bananas, or cookie dough. 

5. Ben & Jerry’s Emerald Isle

Can’t go wrong with Ben & Jerry’s! They also have options during COVID for to-go orders including their $7 pints or eating your ice-cream outdoors. Some favorite flavors are the Very Berry Sorbet with a Waffle cone dipped in chocolate! 

6. Nourish Juice Bar + Cafe

A chef-driven spin on your everyday Juice Bar. At Nourish they wanted to bring an elevated juice bar to the Island with fresh eats to go along with it. If you’re looking for a healthier dessert option Nourish has smoothies, smoothie bowls, yogurt bowls, juices, and more! 

7. Village Ice Cream and Candies

This is one of our favorites to visit in Emerald Isle with tons of ice cream flavor options, including Pistachio, and an adjoining beach shop for any souvenirs you want to bring back. During COVID, the staff are wearing masks. The biggest plus for us is the fact that they make their waffle cones and waffles in-house, which are delicious! 

8. Dairy Queen Emerald Isle

Soft-serve ice cream & signature shakes top the menu at this classic burger & fries fast-food chain. Our personal favorites are the classic Blizzards that Dairy Queen offers! Right now they are offering takeout options only at this location. 

9. Sunset Slush of Emerald Isle

This tiny Italian ice shop is located right on Bogue Inlet Pier! Stop by to grab some Italian ice and bring it out to the ocean to grab some sun. Fun flavors happen around the holidays like their 4th of July “Rainbow USA” and they offer refillable koozie cups.

10. Scoops Ice Cream

Probably one of the cutest Ice creams stops on our list with a perfect VW van photo op right out front. Scoops are relatively new to the Salter Path area near Emerald Isle but if your vacation rental is nearby this may be a better option on this side of the island! They are also one of our only local shops that are serving soft-serve ice cream in lots of fun flavors. 

We love all of the options that the Emerald Isle area gives us for cold treats. So if you haven’t tried these Emerald Isle Ice Cream shops yet, stop by for a serving and a smile! 

Love,

PDL Beach Properties

Why is Emerald Isle, NC called Emerald Isle?

Many of our visitors often ask if Emerald Isle is named after Ireland’s famous nickname, “Emerald Isle.” They also wonder if our Emerald Isle in North Carolina was somehow founded by an Irishman. Let’s dive into some history and found out!

View of Emerald Isle from Flyover with the Atlantic Ocean on Left and Bogue Sound on Right.

Where is Emerald Isle?

Emerald Isle is located within the Crystal Coast, also known as the “Southern Outer Banks,”  in North Carolina on the Bogue Banks. This 12-mile stretch of island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Bogue Inlet Sound. Travel to the island is made easiest by using one of two bridges that cross Bogue Sound. Of which, the Cameron Langston Bridge is the most direct route to Emerald Isle. 

History of the Town of Emerald Isle

As much of American History can tell us, Native Americans inhabited this land before the Colonial Times. However, settlers soon realized the fishing and marine life of this coast was extremely valuable.

Fishing Grounds in the 1900s off of Crystal Coast NC.

Many whalers and fishermen made the island their hunting grounds until in 1920, Mr. Henry Fort acquired ownership of this land. His goal was to create a brand new Summer tourist location but was unable to finish his development. 

Fishermen dragging the marine sound in Bogue Sound, NC (1917).

Upon Mr. Fort’s death, his daughter, Ms. Anita Maulick sold lots of Emerald Isle land to 7 individuals. Each individual agreed the land should remain family-oriented. Therefore, they limited commercial development on the island to make way for single-family homes. In 1960, ferry service began from North Carolina’s mainland, and finally, in 1971 the Cameron Langston Bridge was complete. Allowing tourism to Emerald Isle to skyrocket each Summer and more development to continue over time.

Watercolor Map of the NC Crystal Coast by Artist MoJoFineArt

So..Where did Emerald Isle get its Name?

Before development began to block out the island as a new tourist destination, a Florida consultant visited. During his flyover of the island, the lands of North Carolina with its lush maritime forests against the sparkling blues of the ocean gave him a brilliant idea. Hence, the name “Emerald Isle” was born. These maritime forests inhabit incredible flora and fauna such as Sea Turtles, White Egrets, Wax myrtle, Holly, and Sea Oats. They are also essential to the island’s shoreline as a windscreen and protector of the constant movement of the coast. The name Emerald Isle was born and stands to remain a beautiful indicator of the incredibly diverse wildlife and coastal estuaries along the Crystal Coast. 

Ocean front cottage in Emerald Isle NC
See Turtle Cottage in Emerald Isle, NC

No matter its name, Emerald Isle is one of USA Today’s Top 10 NC Best Beaches. 

From its small southern town feel to its town slogan, “Nice Matters,” Emerald Isle is the perfect family beach getaway in North Carolina. It has thousands of Emerald Isle Vacation rentals for large groups to small, more than 75 public ocean beach access sites, more than 25 public sound access sites, and maintains more than 350 public beach access parking spaces on or near the oceanfront. With Emerald Isle’s key town value to maintain a family beach small-town atmosphere and the many events held throughout the year, this is the perfect North Carolina beach to visit. 

If you are searching for your perfect vacation rental property in Emerald Isle, contact PDL Beach Properties today! If you’d like to learn more about Emerald Isle, read this list of fast facts provided by the town of Emerald Isle.

Best Beach Books Set in North Carolina

If you are anything like us, reading a book set in the location you’re visiting is about one of the most amazing experiences you can imagine. With these North Carolina books, we’ve gone one step further and ensured that they are all set within our beautiful coastal waters. Take a look at our running list of the best beach books set in North Carolina for your vacation to the Atlantic Ocean!

From local author in Emerald Isle, Tom Gill, to New York Times Bestseller & New Bern local, Nicholas Sparks. We have it all!

12 Best Beach Books Set in North Carolina

#1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – We are sure this comes as no surprise if you know anything of famous North Carolina Authors. The Notebook is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that was adapted to film in 2004 and began Nicholas Sparks’ notable career in creating North Carolina based stories. The book itself was actually set in New Bern, North Carolina which is about an hour outside of Emerald Isle. The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

#2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – Crawdads are very common to the North Carolina intercoastal waterways which is where this story begins in a fictional coastal town, known as Barkley Cove. Delia Owens’ #1 New York Times Bestseller, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, became a hit sensation in the summer of 2018 & has since become a favorite on many reviewers’ lists, including Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

#3. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – If you’re looking for a tear-jerker, Nicholas Sparks delivers in this Beaufort, North Carolina based novel about teenage love turning into the greatest love one can find, true love. Follow along with Landon Carter, a 17 year old boy in 1958 who falls in love with the pastor’s daughter. Can she change his life forever? In 2002, the book was adapted into a movie starring Mandy Moore and Shane West.

#4. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks – Proving that grief after losing a loved one can truly make us want to send them a “Message in a Bottle,” Nicholas Sparks’ novel captures the essence of what it means to have a second chance at love. This novel is set in Wilmington, North Carolina, and follows the story of two characters who find their way to each other under extraordinary circumstances & get a glimpse at what life could look like together. Unfortunately, sometimes fate has other plans. Message in a Bottle was adapted to film in 1999 and was produced by and starred Kevin Costner. 

#5. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – Set in a fictional southern town in North Carolina called Mullaby. In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world–no matter how out of place they feel.

#6. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – The only of Sparks’ novels that mentions it’s location in the actual title, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ is a romance novel set in Rodanthe, North Carolina about 4 hours northwest of Emerald Isle, NC. The novel was adapted to film in 2008 starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. At forty-five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend. But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne’s perfect getaway will be ruined — until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort — and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

#7. Joyland by Stephen King – Set in a beach town of North Carolina, this thriller mystery follows a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park called Joyland & discovers the mysteries behind a murder taken place years earlier. 

#8. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks – Taking place just 18 minutes outside of Emerald Isle, ‘The Guardian’ is a romantic thriller set in Swansboro, North Carolina. A little outside of Nicholas Sparks’ norm, this romantic thriller follows Julie Barenson, a 29-year-old who is in search of her next emotional commitment. Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died: a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.

#9. The Bridge by Tom Gill – A touching love story, The Bridge reveals how a family tragedy—kept hidden for fifteen years—ends up wreaking havoc when it is finally revealed. An automobile accident at the Langston Bridge foreshadows events to come when high school sophomore Kirby Smith sets off on an intoxicating summer vacation at her grandparents’ home in gorgeous Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Sparks fly when the two young people get together. But when Kirby innocently stumbles on a shocking secret, readers are taken back to another time, revealing heartrending events that have been concealed for years. Tom Gill also wrote a sequel to ‘The Bridge’ called Return to Emerald Isle which was published in 2017.

#10. Beach Rental by Grace Greene – Set in Emerald Isle, NC along the beautiful Crystal Coast, Beach Rental brings about the story of Juli Cooke. Hard-working and getting nowhere fast, Julie agrees to marry a dying man for a financial settlement, not expecting this will soon set her on a journey of hope and love. The first of three novels, Grace Greene brings to life the seaside escapes of the North Carolina coast in this perfect beach read. Check out her other two books in the Emerald Isle, NC series: Beach Winds and Beach Wedding

#11. A Field of Fireflies by Joey Jones – Set in Washington, North Carolina this novel takes place about an hour and 30 minutes outside of Emerald Isle, NC. Synopsis: Growing up, Nolan Lynch’s family was unconventional by society’s standards, but it was filled with love, and his parents taught him everything he needed to know about life, equality, and family. A baseball player with a bright future, Nolan’s on his way to the major leagues when tragedy occurs. Six years later, he’s starting over as the newest instructor at the community college in Washington, North Carolina, where he meets Emma Pate, who seems to be everything he’s ever dreamed of—beautiful, assertive, and a baseball fan to boot. Emotionally complex and charged with suspense, A Field of Fireflies is the unforgettable story of family, love, loss, and an old baseball field where magic occurs, including the grace of forgiveness and second chances.

#12. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – This trilogy of books by author Jenny Han is based in a fictional coastal town known as Cousins Beach, North Carolina. When asked, Han confirmed that the location is inspired by Cape Cod, the Hamptons, and a splash of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The young adult series is a perfect summer read for any teen wanting a quick read at the beach. 

Honorable mentions – More Books Set in North Carolina:

  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – 5th novel in the Outlander series during the War of the Regulation based in North Carolina (from about 1765-1771). You may know the series from the TV adaptation “Outlander” on Starz Network. Claire and Jamie’s home is located on Fraser’s Ridge in the North Carolina mountains. Gabaldon herself has said that Fraser’s Ridge would be near Boone, NC and Blowing Rock.
  • Serena by Ron Rash – New York Times Bestseller and newly adapted film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradly Cooper. This story is set in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. 
  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty – Set in Asheville, NC
  • The Secret Book and Scones Society by Ellery Adams – Set in Miracle Springs, NC
  • The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin – Set in Charlotte, NC
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – A historical fiction set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in Cold Mountain, NC.
  • Outbound Train by Renee Winchester – Set in Bryson City, NC just outside of Asheville.
  • Carolina Mist by Mariah Steward – Set in a Victorian Estate in Primrose, NC.

We hope this list brings you some well-deserved reading time on the beaches this summer and you continue to find books set in our beautiful state of North Carolina for years to come. 

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7 Reasons To Visit Emerald Isle Beach in the Fall

If you can’t stand the heat…visit Emerald Isle Beach in the Fall! One of the best times to visit the beach is during Fall not only because of the cooler crisp weather but also the amazing deals & festivals you can find! It’s the perfect season to visit with your family or go on a weekend getaway with your friends. See our full list of reasons to visit Emerald Isle in the fall below!

1. Off-Season Pricing for all Vacation Rentals

Visiting the beach in the Fall and Winter is one of the best seasons due to price drops in all vacation rentals for the off-season. Typically searching through your preferred rental websites such as Airbnb or HomeAway for off-season pricing is the easiest way to find a lower rate! The Emerald Isle area has a ton of vacation rental homes that are either oceanfront or sound front and with these rates, it’s definitely worth booking.

2. Family Holidays are easy – Everyone under one roof!

Fall family photos at the Beach

Fall is also a huge ‘gathering’ season with Halloween, Thanksgiving, & even Friendsgiving events. This is the perfect time to take your family holiday gatherings to the beach and allow everyone to remain under one roof. Also, for those of us with high tension family gatherings, this is the perfect neutral zone to gather! We highly recommend getting away for the holidays at Emerald Isle beach. You can also find lots of fully equipped kitchens in these rentals for cooking huge meals together. What fun!

3. Less Crowding – No lines at your favorite restaurants!

As many of us know, the beach can get crowded! That’s why the Fall season is the perfect time to visit since there are so many activities and no lines. The beaches are crowd-free for beautiful sunset walks, fun photoshoots, and any of your favorite seafood restaurants are line-free! Time for some Crab Shack at Salter Path!

4. Golfing & Putt-Putt

Family playing Putt-Putt at Treasure Golf & Raceway in Emerald Isle

You have the greenways to yourself! The local golf courses in Emerald Isle and Beaufort are open and ready for players! We love visiting Star Hill Golf Club and playing a round of golf since they have 27 holes or offer a short 9 hole game. Another awesome golf activity is of course Putt-Putt! Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway has an amazing course and also has go-karts that are fantastic for the entire family!

5. Camping & Bonfires on the beach

The Emerald Isle Beaches are also great places to camp out. You can throw up a tent on the beach at night and some rental properties even have fire pits for smores. At Emerald Isle, there are also camping sites like the Holiday Trav-L Park Resort which is an oceanfront camping site that allows Full-Hookup Sites (up to 50 feet), Water & Electric Sites for RVs, and Water & Electric Sites for Tents (one 6 to 8 person tent). They also have an on-site Arcade, 3 direct beach access locations, and a snack shack on the beach.

6. Fishing along the Crystal Coast

Bogue Inlet Pier at Emerald Isle NC

Fishing tournaments like the Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament and the Swansboro Rotary King Mackerel Tournament during October are popular tourist attractions. You can also always find a great fishing spot off of the dock at Emerald Isle at the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Pricing at the pier is daily or seasonal. Daily Fishing Passes for Bottom Fishing are $12.50, you get 2 rods per person and children 6 and under are FREE & King Fishing is $25 with 4 rods per person. For reference, the North Carolina recreational fishing size and bag limits are listed on this website.

7. Fall Festivals!

NC Seafood Festival is typically on the first weekend in October and Emerald Isle City also does a Halloween Carnival. During November, Emerald Isle typically celebrates Thanksgiving with their Annual Christmas Parade. This year the Christmas parade is being held on November 30th at 3 pm on Hwy 58 off of Emerald Drive. Click here to learn more about the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade!

We hope you take advantage of this beautiful season and visit Emerald Isle for your Fall Vacation this year! If you are interested in a Fall vacation reach out to PDL Beach Properties and stay in one of our fully equipped rental homes in Emerald Isle. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

Win and Relax in an Emerald Isle Beach House!

Our friends at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry and NCOSO are partnering with us to give away a beach house stay at our Coral Cottage during the NC Seafood Festival weekend! Each raffle ticket is $1 and all proceeds will be benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund!

Contest runs from July 17th to August 17th & donations will be accepted on Lane & Associate’s site here.

Each $1 donation = 1 Raffle ticket. NO LIMIT ON # OF TICKETS YOU CAN PURCHASE!

After donating you will receive raffle tickets in the mail or at the closest Lane office which will be drawn LIVE on August 27th at 12pm EST on Lane’s Facebook page. We will share the live drawing to our facebook page as well, so tune in!

For more information about this contest and entry rules, visit LaneDDS.com/VacaywithLAA to learn more!

4th of July Events You Don’t Want To Miss in Emerald Isle

We all know that Fireworks, BBQ’s and beach vacations are part of the 4th of July celebrations we all have come to know and love. Make sure you get the most out of your vacation by checking our list of 4th of July events you don’t want to miss in Emerald Isle Beach this year!

1. 4th of July Parade in Beaufort, NC

July 4, 2019 | 11:00 am-12:30 pm

A Beaufort tradition and crowd favorite, the Fourth of July Parade steps off at Gordon Street at 11 a.m. The parade and continues through downtown along the beautiful Beaufort waterfront.

The parade always draws some of the most creative minds in town, including Beaufort’s very own Sweet Potato Queens decked out in their crazy costumes. Kids, pets, wagons, and so much more make up this annual Beaufort event.

Co-sponsored by the Beaufort Development Association and the Town of Beaufort, the parade always attracts many floats.

2. July 4 Fireworks – Over the Ocean from Bogue Inlet Pier – 9 pm!

The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to again partner with Bogue Inlet Pier to offer July 4th fireworks over the ocean!  

The show begins at 9 pm, and will be visible from miles away on the beach!  

Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Dakota Blue Plays Live On The Beach – 4 pm – 8 pm

Come out early and enjoy eastern NC country-rock performers Dakota Blue on the beach strand just west of Bogue Inlet Pier.  This concert is presented by the “Emerald Isle Beach Patrol” (not affiliated with the Town, EIPD, or EIFD), a local group routinely involved in charitable causes. Proceeds from the July 4 event will benefit the Emerald Isle Police Department and Emerald Isle Fire Department, with funds used for the purchase of additional automatic external defibrillators and beach wheelchairs. 

Check out Dakota Blue at  https://www.facebook.com/DakotaBlueCountry/, and listen to their song “Emerald Isle” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dg19CBLF70 .

3. Swansboro NC July 4th Celebration from 5-10PM

Come stroll the historic downtown Swansboro waterfront for the July 4th Celebration presented by Sanders Ford.  Enjoy the sounds and celebration as we honor Independence Day on July 4th, 5-10 p.m.  There is live music at the Harry C Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion. Food vendors will be along Front St. in preparation for the evening festivities.

Street closures will be implemented at 3 p.m.  Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as Main and Church Streets up to Elm Street.  Water St. will be closed from Moore St. to Broad St.  In addition to street closures, all public docks will be closed to pedestrian traffic.  Church St. Dock will be closing at 4 p.m. and dockage will be limited to vessels with reservations only. Please note fireworks are tentatively moved to Mullet Festival for the 2019 Season.

Be sure to check out your local events listed on Facebook for more Emerald Isle NC 4th of July events you can’t miss! Happy 4th from PDL Beach Properties!