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“Shore Thing” East - Our spacious Beachfront Oasis
Exceed all expectations and make it a “Shore Thing” with our upscale & spacious 5-bedroom/4-bath beachfront oasis that was NEWLY renovated 2022. Home offers stunning oceanfront views and private beach access that is conveniently located minutes away from everything the island has to offer. East - 5 BR & 4 bath West - 5 BR & 4 bath Full house - 10 BR & 8 bath ** NEW POOL (~40ft x 16ft) COMING MAR 2023!!! Largest pool to spread out for whole duplex * Stair lift ground floor to main level
$299 per night
Home in North Topsail Beach
Couple of Pisces - On the Ocean
You can't get closer to the ocean! Private access via exclusive walkway. Amazing property so close to the ocean you could fish from the deck! Upper deck with Pergola shading and lower "spa" deck with hot and cold outdoor shower, lounge chairs and plenty of private space for relaxing - do yoga, meditate, play games. read a book or have a crab feast with the ocean at your feet. One of a kind property with unmatched views. Nothing between you and the ocean and the amazing Topsail sunrises.
$214 per night
Home in Emerald Isle
*-Relaxing Amazing Ocean View-Single Family Home-*
Mi Sueno is a single family home located on a sand dune that boasts gorgeous second row views. The open floor plan, large deck spaces and first floor lounge area are great for tons of family fun. The driveway is located on a hill and allows for enough space for 4 cars and has an outdoor shower. The whole house is newly renovated and ready for guests. Linens included. We are located 7 minutes to all shopping, food and nightlife. Come and spend time enjoying the beautiful Crystal Coast!
$224 per night

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Stay near Emerald Isle's top sights

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Salty Pirate Waterpark20 locals recommend
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Bogue House Restaurant3 locals recommend
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Publix Super Market at Egret Landing10 locals recommend
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Western Ocean Regional Access4 locals recommend
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Flipperz Family Bar & Grill9 locals recommend
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Emerald Plantation Shopping7 locals recommend

Your guide to Emerald Isle


Emerald Isle is a small-town beach retreat. It offers beautiful sand-dune-covered beaches beribboned with leaning wooden fences and a quaint village of cottages and low-key seafood joints. A big day here involves a leisurely kayaking trip followed by a stop at the local ice cream shop, where you can sit in one of the several brightly colored rocking chairs lined up outside. Emerald Isle is one of a network of Outer Banks barrier islands, which intersects with North Carolina’s Crystal Coast — an 85-mile stretch of pristine coastline that has long attracted those seeking a refuge from the demands of daily life.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Emerald Isle?

April through June in Emerald Isle is warm and sunny, with temperatures in the low 70s to mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit. July through September grows hotter, with temperatures in the mid- to high 80s, and October through March cools down considerably, with temperatures in the high 50s to mid 60s, with forays into the 40s. Emerald Isle is prone to rain year round, so pack an umbrella no matter the season.

What are the top things to do in Emerald Isle?

The Point

Emerald Isle is home to 12 miles of sandy beaches, but locals and visitors alike tend to agree that the Point is the prettiest. Located on the westernmost tip of the island, this expansive, undeveloped strand offers unobstructed ocean and views, perfect for watching the sun set. To access this beach, you’ll have to nab one of the limited number of spots in nearby Station Street Park, then walk about a quarter mile. The sense of isolation is part of the Point’s appeal, but it also means there are no restrooms or shops nearby, so plan accordingly.

Bogue Inlet Pier

A stroll down the 1,000-foot Bogue Inlet Pier is a great way to take in ocean views, watch surfers playing in the waves below, or partake in one of Emerald Isle’s big draws: fishing. Every year people line up along the pier to cast off and try to snag trout, mackerel, and tuna — or even blowfish or barracuda. You can buy day fishing passes and rent equipment at the pier. If you’d rather someone else catch your dinner, or you want to enjoy the ocean views with a drink in your hand, the pier’s bar and grill has got you covered.

Emerald Isle Woods Park

Escape into the shady, forested environs of Emerald Isle Woods Park, bordered on the north by Bogue Sound. Its 41 acres are criss-crossed with walking trails, and a wooden boardwalk will lead you to a floating dock and kayak launch. This park is a favorite of birders, who come here to spot ospreys, egrets, woodpeckers, and other feathered locals. It also features a nine-hole disc golf course.