3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit Atlantic Beach this summer? If you do, then we need to tell you about a few different outdoor activities in the area. Doing new things on your vacation can be fun for everyone especially if they are within a driving distance of your Atlantic Beach vacation rental. Let’s look below at what some of the activities that your family can experience on your vacation this summer.

Elliott Coues Nature Trail

For families who love to spend as much time outdoors as they can, then heading over to the Elliott Coues Nature Trail is for you. This is a 3.2-mile trail that is a newer walking trail that can be perfect for those who are looking for a hike or can ride your bikes on. Located at the North end of Fort Macon is where you will find this trail. Your family will be able to see different wildlife so be sure to bring a camera along with you and you can see nature too. The trail can be accessed by either the Fort Macon parking lot or the Beach Access Parking lot. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats and even bug spray along with your ice-cold water as you explore nature together on this trail.

Rachel Carson Reserve

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

Do you have someone in the family who loves horses? Head over to the Rachel Carson Reserve where you and the family can view a coastal nature reserve. Located in Beaufort you will find several different islands you can explore as well as salt marshes and wild horses. Be sure to bring along with you plenty of sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. You don’t want to miss the wildlife you will be able to see and the natural beauty of the reserve. Enjoy the day with the family as you explore the Rachel Carson Reserve together!

Beaufort Paddle

Another fun activity that you can do as a family is heading over to Beaufort and checking out Beaufort Paddle. Some of the things that you can do are rent a kayak whether it’s a single or tandem, Stand Up Paddleboards and do a tour. The tours are where you’ll be able to see some of the local outdoor activities by kayak or paddle boarding only. The length of the tours is around 2 hours long and you’ll be able to see Historic Old Towne Beaufort Waterfront, Bird Shoals and the Rachel Carson Reserve. You may even get to see a glimpse of a dolphin frolicking in the water. Enjoy this time with the family and get out and be adventurous together.

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

While there are many other things you can take advantage of in the area, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation to stay in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family and hear all about your fun adventures on your next vacation!

17th Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival

It’s hard to believe that February is almost here and so will the annual Carolina Chocolate Festival. This year will be its 17th year and will be one you don’t want to miss. Staying with us at Atlantic Beach Realty will keep your family wanting to return every year to experience this one of a kind festival on the Crystal Coast. Let’s take a peek at what you and the family can experience at the Festival below.

Cocoa 5K Run

Why not spend a little time outside running before heading over to the festival to munch on some chocolate goodies? Yes, this year the Cocoa 5K run will be returning and is one that you will remember forever. Happening on Saturday, February 1st at Carteret Community College McGee Building at 8:00 am is where it will happen. And if you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep up with a run, then you can just walk the course instead. It will be for individuals and there is even a family pack that you can sign up for. What a great way to start the day then to run for a sweet treat afterwards!

Chocolate Spa

For those who want to get their spouses or loved one a day at the spa, then consider the Chocolate Spa. Enjoy a 90-minute Swedish Massage to help you relax while you are on vacation.  Plus get the relaxation of a foot reflexology as well during your massage. Relax and enjoy the smell of chocolate as you get to relax the day away. There are a limited number of spots so be sure to reserve a spot for you and your loved one today.

Chocolate Treats & Goodies

When it comes to chocolate, we can tell you that you won’t run out of finding some of the most decadent treats around. From chocolate cakes to tortes to homemade chocolate bars, there will be something for everyone in the family. And who wouldn’t want to shop for other fun things that are made from chocolate to bring home as souvenirs for the rest of the family who didn’t come along with you. There will also be an hourly chocolate pudding eating contest that will make your kids want to join in. What a great two days that you can join in on the fun and enjoying some delicious chocolate treats on February 1st & 2nd.

While there are so many other great reasons as of why you should go and enjoy the 17th Annual Chocolate Festival, these we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to Atlantic Beach this year, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family soon as you get to indulge in some tasty treats at the Chocolate Festival!

Beach Re-Nourishment In Atlantic Beach

February is the beginning of a major beach re-nourishment project taking place along Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Emerald Isle.

Although this project will impact the area beaches perhaps up to May, it’s a welcome project to protect our coastal area especially after hurricane Florence.

Expect Atlantic Beach to be completed by end of February or early March, and the entire project by May.

Here’s some helpful links to get more info on the project:

Town Manager’s Office Update January 10th

Also, for even more details and forth coming updates you can visit the Carteret County project update page for the latest.

Apart from the restoration and protection of our beaches, and the beautification from the planted sea oaks, it’ll be fun to hunt for fossils this spring and summer!

December is a Great Time to Vacation in Atlantic Beach

December is a Great Time to Vacation in Atlantic Beach

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are here and soon it will be Christmas and New Year’s. This year instead of staying at home for the holidays, take a vacation to Atlantic Beach. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach rentals and your family will be close to many of the activities happening around town. Let’s look at a few of the things that you and the family can do while on vacation in December.

13th Annual Light Up the Night Christmas Parade

December is a Great Time to Vacation in Atlantic Beach

Are you looking forward to spending the holidays here at the beach but not sure what to do? Join in the 13th Annual Light Up the Night Christmas Parade happening on December 6th in Atlantic Beach. This year will be a little different and yet just as exciting as the previous years. The parade will feature several new parade floats and even a new route too. Be ready to kick off the holiday season with the family while sitting and watching the parade at 6:00 pm. After the parade you will be able to shop a little, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and live carolers. Don’t miss this fun event happening right here in Atlantic Beach with the family!

Christmas Candlelight Tour

If you have never been to Beaufort during the holiday season, then you are missing out on some beautiful decorations. This year the 12th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour will be happening on December 14th  at 5:00 pm and it’s one you won’t want to miss. They will be showcasing some of Beaufort’s inns, bed & breakfasts and private homes. The town of Beaufort is beautiful anytime of the year you visit but the holidays happens to be one of the best times to visit. We promise you that you will never get tired of walking around historic Beaufort and take in the sights and smells you will experience.   

Shopping at the Holiday Market

December is a Great Time to Vacation in Atlantic Beach

If you haven’t purchased all of your gifts when you visit us in Atlantic Beach, then you will want to check out the Olde Fashioned Holiday Market. This is being held at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market on Saturday, December 21st from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Here you will be able to celebrate the holiday by shopping from many local farmers, artists and bakers. Many of the items available will be homemade and perfect for that hard to shop for family member. You will also be able to enjoy some local food and Santa will even be there. What a great time to spend the evening with the family before Christmas is here.

There are many other things that will be happening during the month of December, but these are the few things we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your Atlantic Beach rental yet, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family this holiday season as you celebrate together as a family!

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Do you and your family have plans to visit this November to the beach? Vacationing to the North Carolina Coast is perfect for everyone during the fall months. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is at. Making new memories during the month of November will make you want to come back year to year during the fall months. Let’s look below at some of the fun events that you won’t want to miss this Thanksgiving.

Did Someone Say Turkey?

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

This is one event that you won’t want to miss, but it’s not the turkey you may be expecting. This turkey is one that you won’t be eating on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s one where you can run your calories off. This is a scenic run in Pine Knoll Shores on November 28th at 9:00 am and you will be able to run, jog or walk 3.1 miles in Pine Knoll Shores. After the run waiting for you at finish line is where you will find hot chocolate, donuts and coffee. What a great event to do as a family before eating the turkey in the afternoon.

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

Have you ever visited Swansboro in the month of November before? This is a great place on the Crystal Coast where you can get in the Christmas spirit. On Friday, November 29th is where you will find the Swansboro Christmas Flotilla which is a tradition for many to visit to get ready for the holidays. Beginning at 6:00 pm is where you can join in the fun on this annual celebration along the waterfront to watch the parade of decorated boats. There will also be fun activities for kids of all ages, live entertainment and more. This is one event you don’t want to miss this year!

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Head over to Emerald Isle this year on Saturday, November 30th at 3:00 pm to view the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. This event has been happening for more than 15 years and is one that you can’t miss. The parade will begin in the heart of Emerald Isle and the kids will be able to visit with Santa after its over. Then head over to Merchant’s Park where your family will get to see the Christmas Tree lighting and there will be refreshments after the fun event. This is perfect to end a great weekend or week spent in Atlantic Beach this year for Thanksgiving.

While there are many other events happening during the month of November, these are the ones we wanted to share for this Thanksgiving week. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope that your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Atlantic Beach.

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

Are you and your family coming to Atlantic Beach for vacation in October? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival. The festival will be going on October 4th to 6th in Morehead City and is filled with delicious food. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the festival is at. Let’s look below at a few reasons why you must attend the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

Live Music & Entertainment

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

No festival is complete without hearing live bands, music and dancing in the streets. The North Carolina Seafood Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Eastern North Carolina. Many people love to come and not only enjoy the food but love to come just for the music. This year your family will be able to dance to many different genres and the live entertainment from many local groups.

Shopping

Before you leave to go back home from your vacation, be sure to check out the vendors that will be at the festival. From getting your very own shirts to getting a commemorative poster, there is something for everyone. These make great gifts to those who love the festival but couldn’t get away to join you!

Delicious Food

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

The festival isn’t complete unless you have tried the delicious food with the family. From grabbing shrimp and grits to trying new foods from local restaurants, you won’t go hungry during this trip. If you’re worried about the kids and if they will eat the seafood, have no fear because there will be food for them to enjoy too. Sit back on the waterfront of Morehead City and enjoy eating the food you’ll fall in love with.

While there are many other events happening in the area during the month of October, we wanted to share with you the North Carolina Seafood Festival. If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet to the beach to attend, now is the time. We hope that you and your family will enjoy the festival and eat as much as you can get!

Family Adventures in the Atlantic Beach Area

Family Adventures in the Atlantic Beach Area

Are you and your family taking a family vacation this fall to Atlantic Beach? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you all about the family adventures that you can do in the area. Spending a week with us at Atlantic Beach Realty will keep your family close to where the adventures are at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun family adventures that you can do in the area on your next vacation to Atlantic Beach.

Horseback Riding

Family Adventures in the Atlantic Beach Area

One thing that many of our guests don’t realize is that you can horseback ride in the area. Over at Cedar Island Stables you and your family can do a little island hopping and riding along the shoreline via a horse. This is one of the ways to see nature and even possibly getting a glimpse of a sunset too while on horseback. And don’t worry if you have never ridden a horse before, because for this adventure there is no experience required. Just have a great time with the family by seeing the beach in a different light!

On the Open Water

Another fun adventure that many families love to try their hand at water sports. From parasailing to banana boat rides to renting jet skis, Island Water Sports has something for everyone. Be sure to bring your waterproof camera, sunscreen, a towel and more as you try something new. You can also rent a pontoon boat to fit your whole family and enjoy some time out on the open water. No matter what your plans are to enjoy the day on the water, just sit back and have fun.

Fish off the Pier

Family Adventures in the Atlantic Beach Area

Many families love to head over to Oceanana Pier to be able to spend a day of fishing together. This is one thing that many families have done for years and if you haven’t done so yet, give it a try. There is no need to have your own rod and reel as you can rent one for each person per day. Fish all night if you choose to or fish the entire time you are on vacation, the options are unlimited here whenever you visit Atlantic Beach! If you are new at fishing, then this is the perfect adventure for you. Just have a great time and enjoy your time with the family as you try something new!

There are many other fun adventures that you can do around Atlantic Beach, but these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to Atlantic Beach, then give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you try a few new things in the area!

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Are you coming to Atlantic Beach soon for your family vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about some fun kid activities you can do on the beach. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you close to the surf and the sand. Let’s look below at a few of the fun kid activities to do on the beach.

Build a Sandcastle

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Building is a sandcastle is what a lot of parents remember doing and your kids will love too. Make sure that you bring with you to the sand a bucket, a shovel, and a lot of imagination. This activity the whole family can join in and have a great time. To add some decorations to their sandcastles, they can hunt for different treasures on the beach such as sea glass, shells and more. Just let their imaginations run wild on making each sandcastle different!

Hopscotch Time

Another fun thing that your kids can do on the beach is make their own hopscotch board. All they need is some sand, a stick to draw the boxes and number and something to keep tabs on who landed where. We do suggest that you have flip-flops or water shoes on your child, so their feet don’t get too hot on the sand. We don’t want them to burn their feet while they play this classic playground game on the beach.

I Spy

A great classic game that is often played in the car can now be played on the beach. You can start the game by saying “I spy with my little eye, something blue” and have each child guess what it is. This game can be played for however long they want to, and it gives them an insight on what kind of things they can find in nature. Make this game fun for everyone in the whole family and get them involved in each game!

Build Sand Animals

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Building a sand animal is just like building a sandcastle only they make it into the shape of their favorite animal. Each child will need their own bucket, shovel and their imagination as they design their animal in the sand. This doesn’t have to be a difficult animal and if its something that they child came up with their own, then let them have fun. You can then take a picture with your phone or camera of each child standing next to their creation and frame it when they get home.

While there are many other fun kid activities that can be done on the beach, these are the few we thought we’d share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet, now is the time. We still have plenty of Oceanfront vacation rentals to choose from. Make this vacation one that you will never forget!

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Are you coming to Atlantic Beach this week to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? If the answer is yes, then we at Atlantic Beach Realty can tell you about several local events. Many families love to come to the Atlantic Beach area to celebrate this festive holiday. Let’s look below at what some of the fun events that you and the family can take advantage of Sport Life.

Free Summer Movie

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Come to nearby town, Emerald Isle to the Emerald Plantation Cinemas where your family can watch “Peter Rabbit” for free. This movie begins at 10:30 am and while the movie is free, you will have to purchase drinks and popcorn to go along with the movie. What a wonderful, fun thing to do with the kids, especially if they are younger.

Downtown Morehead City 4th of July Celebration

If you have never been to the beach during the 4th of July, then you have been missing out on this fun event. Come to Jaycee Park from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm to see The Main Event Band. Dance and sing your hearts out as you jam to many different genres of music. At 9:00 pm the music will fade and soon you will be able to watch the Morehead City Fireworks display in the air. What a fun event for all ages and can be the highlight of your trip!

Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

If you are wanting to try something a little different this year, then head over to the waterfront of Morehead City. Here you and your family can get a different kind of view of the fireworks from aboard a scenic cruise. Skip the battle of finding the perfect spot to watch the fireworks with the family and just enjoy them from the boat. What a memorable trip to the beach this could be.

Fireworks from the Beach

Head to the Circle in Atlantic Beach to be able to get your spot for the fireworks. You can view the fireworks from the beach and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And just before the fireworks extravaganza you can hear Robert McDuffy perform. The fireworks show will begin around 9:00 pm so don’t miss out on this fun!

There are many other events happening around Atlantic Beach for the 4th of July, but these are the ones we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t made your holiday plans and reservations, give us a call today. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday!

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Crystal Coast

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

May is here and so is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the Crystal Coast. Every year many sea turtles come to our beaches in late spring to make their nests. And when you stay in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or even a turtle. Below we have a few things for you and your family to remember as you vacation on the Crystal Coast this year during nesting season.

When Does Nesting Season Start?

Many locals love this time of the year not only because of the warmer temps but also in hopes to see a sea turtle. Beginning on May 1st each year and ends around the end of October on the Crystal Coast. This is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss each year while on vacation. During the night is when you may see the turtles come to the shore and lay their eggs in the nests they have built. The nests are along the coast of North Carolina not just on the Crystal Coast.

Help Protect the Sea Turtles on the Crystal Coast

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach takes protecting our sea turtles very serious as they have made their home on our beautiful shore. You will see several local volunteers each morning looking for new nests that were built the night before. Once a new nest is located, then they will be marked and roped off to keep the eggs safe from predators. Each nest is monitored for the next 50-70 days for their safety and for any activity of when they are ready to hatch. Here are a few rules to follow while you are vacationing on the Crystal Coast during turtle nesting season:

  • Do not disturb any of the nests as we want to help keep them safe while they are there.
  • Don’t use your flashlight on your phone and don’t leave the outdoor lights on overnight at your Oceanfront vacation rental. Each turtle uses the moonlight to help guide them back to the ocean and any other light will disorient them.
  • If you or your kids dig any holes to build sandcastles, bury each other for fun or find any holes after the day, please remember to fill them in. Not only can the sea turtles but also other people can fall into the holes which can injury themselves.
  • Make sure that you clean the area completely from trash, or your beach equipment after a day full of fun on the sand. Please clean up after your day at the beach and don’t leave any of your beach equipment on the beach overnight.
  • Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores at 252-247-4003.
It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

These are the few things that you can do while you vacation with us but we wanted to share these as they are the most important ones to remember. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the Crystal Coast this summer!