Natural Attractions in the Emerald Isle NC Area

One of the most unique facts about Emerald Isle’s beaches is that they are all facing south providing spectators with some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets to be seen. One of the most popular beach locations in Emerald Isle is “The Point” which features a panoramic view of the Atlantic, Bogue Inlet, Bogue Sound, and Bear Island. There is also a launch point available for those who would like to canoe or kayak on the crystal clear waters or venture out to explore Bear Island.
For those looking for a more private beach experience, Bear Island is a 3.5 mile long uninhabited island which can only be reached by boat. This island is a part of Hammocks Beach State Park. While the island remains secluded, the park does provide a ferry service, snack bar, and bath house for those seeking some extra comfort. There are both group and primitive campsites available for those seeking an overnight experience.
Emerald Isle is special because its beaches have largely avoided commercialism. However, for those who are not wanting to “rough it” in the wilderness, beach access is merely a block or two away at most from residential and rental homes and hotels.  Emerald Isle has something to offer for everyone!

Recommended Activities

One of the few boats permitted by the Cape Lookout National Seashore to take you to any part of the National Park, charter a trip with Lookout Adventures and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful parts of NC’s coast. The best SHELLING beaches in North Carolina are inside the Park & Shackleford Banks is home to roughly 120 WILD HORSES with a history dating back nearly 400 years!

Shark Fishing
Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Some of the best fighting fish in the ocean, sharks can be quite a challenge to bring to the boat, and it’s definitely a thrill to know there’s a big predator on the other end of that line. We may catch many species of sharks: black tips, hammerheads, sand sharks, lemons, bonnet heads, spiny dogfish, and more…

VISIT-PCTC--Tours-Dolphin-Watch-1 This private trip is available from November to May, and is about as good as it gets for “off-season” fun & relaxation. The Lookout Adventures vessel is perfect for a relaxing and intimate cruise in the winter months because the pilothouse helps protect you from any wind or cold. Just dress warmly and you’ll be perfectly comfortable. Max # of 6 guests.

This trip is available year round, and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful & memorable cruise of the local waterfronts, islands and landmarks. Step on the boat and get to relaxin’ while our friendly & professional captain takes you on a beautiful cruise through these panoramic and historic waterways. Serenity is the goal as we glide over the water towards our rendezvous with the setting sun.



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