Bringing Fido on Your Family Beach Vacation

Pet lovers everywhere enjoy bringing their four legged family members on vacation with them, especially when it’s to the beach. Dogs love the beach – running along the sandy beachfront and jumping in the surf. What’s not to love about that! Many people take their dogs with them everywhere they go so a vacation should be no different. When you stay in a rental from Atlantic Beach Realty you’ll be able to enjoy pet friendly vacation rentals that even Fido will love.
Bringing Fido on Your Family Beach Vacation
When you’re packing for the trip, be sure to bring your pet’s favorite belongings. Having their own bed with them while in strange surroundings brings them comfort and lets them know where they sleep. Their own water and food bowls from home and some toys will ensure their security and happiness. Try to keep them on the same sleeping, eating, and play schedule as they’re used to.
Most places that are pet-friendly will ask for an additional fee to cover potential damages or excessive clean up of the rental after your departure. This is pretty standard. Some places will put weight limits on dogs as well. People with angst-ridden dogs should seriously consider boarding their pets at home or in the area for everyone’s peace of mind.
Bringing Fido on Your Family Beach Vacation
Many North Carolina beaches allow dogs, though most have leash laws, and some limit dog access to certain times of the year. When planning a trip to beach with your dog, be sure to bring along bags to pick up any waste, as all locations require you to clean up after your pet. Atlantic Beach allows leashed dogs onto the sand all year, though they must stay back from the ocean in areas where lifeguards are present.
When you’re ready to find that pet friendly vacation rental, do a vacation rental search on our website and select “Pet Friendly” under Amenities. You will receive a list of all the pet friendly rentals we have. If you’d like any additional information please don’t hesitate to call us or use the “Live Chat” feature on our website. We’d love to help!


How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

Since all vacation rentals are not created equal, sometimes trying to choose the best place to stay can be overwhelming. Atlantic Beach, North Carolina is a wonderful destination for that much needed vacation. Close to Beaufort and sharing the same island as Emerald Isle, you’ll find plenty to do in this area by way of entertainment and activities.
Once you have your destination, keep the following tips in mind to help you zero in on where you’re going to stay. At Atlantic Beach Realty we have many beautiful homes, condos and cottages that offer both comfort and affordability.

    • Set your price range.

It’s important to know your budget and have a price range in mind when looking for a place to stay.
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • Choose the type of rental that best meets your needs.

With so many Atlantic Beach vacation rentals to choose from, it’s important to know ahead of time how much space you need before you begin looking.

    • Decide on a location.

All of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals are close to the area attractions. Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants? Do you want to be oceanfront or to have a view of a golf course?
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • List the amenities that are most important to you.

Our vacation rentals offer a range of amenities that include beautiful furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryers onsite, swimming pools, tennis, free Internet, hot tubs and Jacuzzis.

    • Look at photos and read reviews.

Be sure to look at photos of the properties you are considering and read what other people have said about their past experience.
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • Save on specials.

There are always special deals on vacation rentals so be sure to check out the Specials page first!
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll find that locating the perfect vacation rental will be smooth sailing. If we can help you in any way or answer questions you may have, don’t hesitate to call Atlantic Beach Realty at 1-800-786-7368. We look forward to hearing from you!



Enjoying Your Baby’s First Beach Vacation

If you will be traveling with a baby for the first time this summer, there are some necessary precautions you should take to keep your baby happy and safe. When you make your vacation rental reservations with us at Atlantic Beach Realty be sure you let us know that you will be bringing a baby along. Many rentals can provide baby equipment (cribs, highchairs, play yards, etc.) at no extra charge. When you’re browsing through our accommodations check the list of amenities in advance to see what’s available. If not, you’ll need to either bring your own or get what you need from a local rental company.

Enjoying Your Baby's First Beach Vacation
With a little well-planned effort your baby’s first beach vacation can be a pleasant and fun-filled event. As long as your baby’s basic needs are met they’ll be pretty happy to go anywhere you’re going, just be sure they stay on the eating and sleeping schedule that they are accustomed to at home.

Here are some tips that will help you with your plans for traveling with a baby. You’ll probably find that some vacation rentals are more suitable to a family with a baby than others so take your time and look around.

• Best Time to Travel. Try to schedule your air flights when the baby normally naps. Your fellow travelers will thank you. Walk and play with the baby while in the airport. More energy exerted while off the plane will be less energy the baby exerts while on the plane.
• Stay On Schedule. While you’re on vacation try to maintain the schedule you have at home as closely as possible. That means the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when naptime is.
• Bring favorites. If your baby is used to a musical stuffed animal, a special blanket, pacifier or certain toys, bring them along on vacation.
• Just Ask. Does the rental you’ll be staying at provide equipment and accessories for babies? Ask about car seats from the car rental agency, too.

Enjoying Your Baby's First Beach Vacation

• Sun Protection. Because you’re visiting a coastal location be sure to stay out of the midday sun. Dress your baby with a hat and lightweight clothing. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin showing and consider renting a cabana or sun tent to shield them from the sun.
• Be Calm. Don’t stress out when getting ready for your trip. Stay calm, move slowly, and the baby will too.
• Less Can Be More. With babies the rule really is “Less is More.” Don’t over stimulate the baby. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for them to take their regular naps. And remember — afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening for everyone.
• If your baby is mobile, be sure to baby proof your accommodations as soon as you arrive.

If you follow these tips your baby’s first beach vacation can be a wonderful time for everyone that makes for lasting memories. Once your accommodations have been fully baby proofed you can get on with the pleasure of experiencing an enjoyable and relaxing beach vacation with your baby.

Enjoy a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Our Oceanfront Vacation Rentals

With Valentine’s Day just a month away, we can’t think of a more romantic way to spend it than surprising that special someone in your life with a stay in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals in Atlantic Beach. Our rentals are completely furnished and beautifully decorated with everything you’d need for that perfect stay during the most romantic holiday of the year. Want to make it extra special? Just add some bouquets of flowers to the dining room and the bedroom. It will show you took the time to make this holiday extra special.
Enjoy Valentine's Day in Our Oceanfront Vacation Rentals
It’s not too early to reserve a vacation rental and begin making plans. If you are thinking about proposing marriage this would be a perfect time to do so! Tuck that engagement ring into a dozen red roses and present them to her. Watch her swoon when the sparkle of the diamond catches her eye as you drop to one knee to pop the question. This will be a Valentine’s Day neither of you will forget!
With a full moon occurring just four days before Valentine’s Day it will be perfect for a candlelit dinner on the beach (weather permitting). Pay attention to which direction the tide is headed, then set up a blanket or small table with chairs, candles, and spread out a picnic dinner that you purchased or made yourself. With local restaurants happy to make anything on their menu “To Go”, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget some music! With everyone having a mobile phone music is just a click away. Plan ahead of time and find some romantic, easy listening tunes. And a dance on the beach wouldn’t hurt either!
Enjoy Valentine's Day in Our Oceanfront Vacation Rentals
When you’re planning ahead and trying to decide which of our oceanfront vacation rentals to reserve, consider things like the following – distance to the beach, view of the ocean, sunrises and sunsets, whether there’s a pool, hot tub or Jacuzzi, or all three!
All of these things can contribute to the most romantic and surely the most memorable Valentine’s Day of your lives.
Enjoy Valentine's Day in Our Oceanfront Vacation Rentals
If you have questions about any of our oceanfront rentals or the area, just give Atlantic Beach Realty a call at 1-800-786-7368. We’d love to help you with your Valentine’s Day plans!

Don’t Miss These Holiday Happenings

This is a wonderful time of the year when there are plenty holiday festivals, parades, and special events taking place. There are plenty of things that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you live here or you’re planning an upcoming visit, be sure to take advantage of the special events that only come around this time of the year. If you need a place to stay Atlantic Beach Realty will be happy to provide you with holiday accommodations fit for Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves!


Here’s a run down of some local events in the area you should check out!


Don't Miss These Holiday Happenings in the Area

On Saturday, December 10, come spend the day at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores for Santa by the Sea from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This magic, memorable holiday event for children allows them to share their wishes among the fishes and get a snapshot with Santa in a one-of-a-kind setting. Make crafts, mix reindeer food, enjoy reading time with Mrs. Claus, snap photos with costumed characters and more. Outside, Santa will provide a bit of North Pole weather with a snow-filled sledding area (sleds included). Tickets are in addition to the regular admission price or membership.  $6.95 per Santa by the Sea Bag. Bag includes vouchers for all event activities except sled rides. Sled rides are $2 per sled ride or $15 for 10 sled rides. Taxes not included. Location: Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC; tel. 252-247-4003.


The Moorehead City Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on December 10 and travel along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and Santa and his sleigh will be featured.


Don't Miss These Holiday Happenings in the Area

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history. Tickets for this event are $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225.


The 6th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk celebrates the season with a festive day in historic downtown Beaufort, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Art Walk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. and Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. Artists Carol Roop and Craig Gurganus will be featured as part of the Beaufort Art Walk in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street.


A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown to love, The Embers Christmas Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 20 at the Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Moorehead City, NC. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. The band will sing new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes the whole family will love.


There will be a New Year’s Eve Canon Blast from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach. There will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m., and the cannons will go off at 7 p.m. Bring a folding chair and picnic dinner to enjoy.


All of us at Atlantic Beach Realty would like to wish you and your family a very enjoyable holiday season!










Join us for Beaufort’s Brewin’

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Beaufort Wine and Food is gearing up for its inaugural craft beer festival – BEAUFORT’S BREWIN’, scheduled for September 23rd and 24th. The exciting two day festival will feature a variety of events offering something for everyone.
On Friday, guests can select to attend a number of seminars, luncheons and dinners in area restaurants, pubs and breweries. A Beer Walkabout will offer guests the opportunity to go from stop to stop, tasting different beer and cuisine pairings before finishing off their ‘tour’ with sparkling wine and dessert. BWF is also pleased to return crowd favorite – Beer, Bubbles and BBQ tasting event and BBQ competition to the Saturday line up. The tasting will focus on NC craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state. Participating breweries include: Aviator Brewing Co, Bold Rock Cider, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co., Catawba Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Fortnight Brewing, Fullsteam, Gibb’s Hundred, Highland Brewing, Mother Earth, Natty Greene’s Brewing, Triple C Brewing, Unknown Brewing Co., White Street Brewery, Wicked Weed and Beaufort’s own Mill Whistle Brewing.

BWF will also be holding its first ever ROAD RACE –
RUNNIN’ ON EMPTY – September 24th, in conjunction withthe festival. Registration is available online and racers of all levels are invited to partake in the 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run, 5K,
or 10K. The 5K and 10K races will be timed using RFID technology from IPICO Sports. T-Shirts, commemorative glasses, prizes for top runner and beer after the race (or root beer for runners under 21) will all be included for registered runners. For more information about Beaufort Wine & Food events and tickets, go to