You'll find Emerald Isle and Swansboro NC tourism and vacation information for the first time visitor or the seasoned vacationer right here. Emerald Isle and Swansboro NC are located just three miles apart but in two different coastal counties, Carteret and Onslow, Emerald Isle in the most western point in Carteret County while Swansboro lays at the most eastern point in Onslow County, they share the treasures of Bogue Sound, the White Oak River and the Atlantic Ocean all within reach, so needless to say it makes for a coastal paradise for many.
With a host of activities to do both on water and land these two towns have become premier destinations for both the transient visitor coming by boat via the Intracoastal waterway and the land lubber by car, offering something for everyone from the camper owner to the oceanfront homes in Emerald Isle and waterfront estates in Swansboro.
Stroll the historic streets in downtown Swansboro and discover unique shops along with fine dining, waterfront docks to view the waterway, concerts in the Pavilion at Olde Towne Square and check out the downtown market or head over and walk along the pristine beaches of Emerald Isle and find a variety of sea shells, dolphins playing in the surf or take a stroll on Bogue Inlet Pier and see what they're catching while watching world class sunsets, this is a favorite family activity after dinner in one of the island's favorite dining destinations.
The Crystal Coast, as it's known by now, offers something for everyone from "Down East" (Down East starts in Beaufort NC and goes to Cedar Island, it doesn't start in Kinston) to the shores of Swansboro you can visit an area rich in history, Beaufort is the 3rd (some say 4th) oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort was discoverd by settlers in 1709 and established in 1713. As a bustling port city, it attracted a number of pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard (he really loved North Carolina) who's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge sank in the Beaufort Inlet. While on the other end in Swansboro NC (originally spelled Swannsborough) was incorporated in 1783 and is where North Carolina's first ever river steamboat, the Prometheus, was built in 1818 by Otway Burns.
The Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina spans 85 miles along North Carolina’s coast. The Crystal Coast includes the town of Emerald Isle, as well as nearby towns such as Morehead City, Swansboro, Beaufort, Cedar Point and more. There’s a reason this area is called the Crystal Coast; the crystal clear water and clean beaches. It’s paradise when you vacation here! Enjoy area activities such as kayaking, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, golf, jet skiing, visiting the state parks, walking on the beach, strolling the streets and window shopping in historic districts and more at the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.
There are a variety of festivals that happen on the Crystal Coast such as the NC Seafood Festival, Swansboro Mullet Festival (the2nd oldest festival in North Carolina), Emerald Isle Saint Patrick's Festival, Beaufort Music Festival and more, all of these are family friendly and make for a good time for all, pack up the kids and check out some family fun along the Crystal Coast today.