​​Emerald Isle, NC

Your Coastal Cure

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Have you dreamed of visiting paradise? Come away with us to the Southern Outer Banks and visit Emerald Isle, NC. 
The perfect location that offers uninterrupted relaxation on beautiful beaches, unbeatable scenery,
authentic southern cuisine, and a rich, inviting culture.​
Emerald Isle is located in southwestern Carteret County at  34°40′1″N 77°0′49″W, with the Atlantic Ocean to the South and
Bogue Sound to the North. In the 1920s Henry Fort, who owned the Emerald Isle beaches and land surrounding them, hoped
to open a large summer tourist attraction and ocean resort. Fort worked with developers, but the plans never materialized.
After his death, his daughter Anita Maulick inherited Emerald Isle.
In 1951, seven individuals purchased the 12-mile stretch of island for $350,000 from Anita Maulick. Emerald Isle was sliced into 54 blocks of 1,000 feet each going from ocean to sound. The partners drew from a hat for the ownership of blocks. Because they wanted Emerald Isle to be family-oriented, the owners limited commercial development and mobile homes to five blocks each.
When the original developers were contemplating the purchase of this undeveloped half of the island, a consultant from Florida was hired to advise them. This consultant asked to be flown over the property to gain a perspective on how development might occur. With no development at the time and appearing from the air as a solid green gem in the middle of a sea of sparkling water, he said, "This Place Shall be Known as "Emerald Isle". 
Coastal Living

Come for a week...Stay for a lifetime

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In 1960 ferry service began, providing wider access to the Bogue Banks beaches of modern-day Emerald Isle. In 1971 the Cameron Langston Bridge was opened to provide access from Cedar Point to the western end of Bogue Banks and Emerald Isle. 
Today Emerald Isle is a popular vacation destination for up to 50,000 people in the peak of the season and home to only 3,700 year around residents which offers the locals a small village feel for most of the year. There are a variety of activities to do and places to visit in Carteret County, when you vacation or live here, for the whole family from the historical town of Beaufort, where Blackbeard the Pirate pillaged and plundered, Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores to the world class sunsets from the Bogue Inlet Pier in the heart of Emerald Isle or maybe stroll the downtown shops in Swansboro, NC.
Emerald Isle is surrounded by rich fishing grounds, excellent water activities and beautiful sunsets for all to enjoy, come live the island life for a week or a lifetime in Emerald Isle, NC.
No hustle or bustle, just simple southern living on an island.....does anything sound better these days....we can't think of anything !!
So make your next destination for vacation the Emerald Isle-Swansboro, NC area.....and as the saying goes, "Come for a week...Stay for a lifetime.
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