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Emerald Isle Beaches

Voted #1 North Carolina Beach – 2020 U.S. News and World Report
Voted Best North Carolina Beach – 2018 USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards

Located at the western end of Bogue Banks on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is Emerald Isle, which boasts 12 miles of pristine shoreline and some of the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Visit one of our North Carolina beaches today on your next Crystal Coast vacation!

Come Play on Emerald Isle Beaches - NC Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle and the surrounding North Carolina beach communities are some of the most beautiful in the country. Indian Beach, home to the Grande Villas condominium complex, is a more secluded area where you can enjoy less crowded beaches while Atlantic Beach, home to Fort Macon State Park, is known for its rich history and draws thousands of visitors each year.

Emerald Isle beaches are known for their soft, golden sands and breathtaking emerald waters. It’s the perfect setting for an abundance of outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy such as fishing, kayaking, boating, surfing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, shelling and much more!

Emerald Isle Beach Access Areas

A number of Emerald Isle beach access areas are available to the public. Many of these access points have restrooms and shower facilities for your convenience.

Third Street Access
305 Ocean Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: 10 parking spaces, handicap ramp, overlook picnic area

Western Regional Access
299 Islander Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: 167 parking spaces, bathrooms, outdoor showers, volleyball courts, picnic gazebo

Blackskimmer Access
7500 Ocean Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: 4-wheel drive access point during winter, single handicap parking space

Eastern Regional Access
2700 Emerald Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: 245 parking spaces, picnic gazebo, outdoor showers, bathrooms, drink machines

Wyndtree Access
10535 Wyndtree Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: Single handicap parking space

Emerald Isle Woods Park
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Location: Off of Coast Guard Road, turn right before reaching Deer Horn Dunes
Features: 41-acre park, walking trails, sound access

Station Street Park
11001 Coast Guard Road
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: Parking area

Cedar Street Park
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Location: End of Cedar Street on the Sound Side
Features: 10 parking spaces, pier, public sound access

Channel Drive Access
11001 Station Street
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Location: Intersection of Station St. & Coast Guard Road; access via Channel Dr.
Features: 16 parking spaces

Randy’s Way Access
9519 Ocean Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Features: Single handicap parking space

Beach Safety

A trip to the beautiful beaches in North Carolina offers an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re going swimming, sailing or surfing, taking strolls in the sand or laying out to catch some sun, we want your time at the beach to be as safe as it is fun.

Please adhere to the important beach regulations set forth by the Town of Emerald Isle to ensure that everyone’s visit to the beach is as enjoyable as possible. Explore more beach safety tips.