When you think of a beach vacation, you think about sunny days and endless waves. Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for just that and there are endless daytime activities for you to experience, from the playing at the beach to trying out some fishing or other exciting water activities.
When the sun goes down though, Emerald Isle’s nightlife is still vibrant and exciting. For the vacationers and visitors who are looking for some activities after the sun sets, here are some of our favorite nighttime activities to do in Emerald Isle!
Enjoy the Moonlit Beaches at Night
You might think that when the sun is up is the best time to enjoy the beach in Emerald Isle, but there’s something magical about the sunset hour and the moonlit beaches at night. The horizon will glow a beautiful array of golden colors, the temperature will begin to cool down, making for a great time to stroll up and down the coast with only the sound of crashing waves as your soundtrack. Once the moon takes over, you will feel like you’re on a different beach, but one just as beautiful.
An excellent activity for the kids or kids at heart is ghost crab hunting at night! All you will need is a flashlight for the search and chase. These unique creatures are quick and have a great camouflaging technique but remember, the object of ghost crab hunting is the fun of the chase and not hurting the crabs.
One of our favorite spots on the beach at night is near the Bogue Inlet Pier which lights up the beach just enough to enjoy the nighttime and serene darkness. Be sure to take some blankets or comfortable seating with you to experience the coast in a unique and unforgettable way.
Go Fishing at Bogue Inlet Pier
Speaking of Bogue Inlet Pier, did you know some of the best fishing in Emerald Isle can be done at night? With the sun down, surface temperatures in the water will cool drawing in more fish to the shore and shallower parts of the Atlantic. The pier, which is also lit up at night is great for walks after dark if fishing is not your sport.
In the summer months, bluefish, cobia, croaker, flounder, gray trout, king mackerel, pompano, puppy drum, sea mullet, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, spot and tarpons are the abundant catches you find at the pier. A restaurant on the pier called Surf’s Up Grill and Bar also is open till 9 p.m. and serves up delicious platters including seafood, burgers and larger plates.
The pier stays open till midnight, and you don’t need a fishing license if you’re fishing from the pier. There are also rod rental packages and multiple daily fishing passes if you’re planning on spending some time out here.
Explore Amazing Dining Options
During the day, you might be too busy exploring the daytime activities to really sit down and enjoy a meal. When the sun goes down, it’s your chance to really dig into Emerald Isle’s culinary expertise.
Our town has some of the best chefs and restaurants along the Crystal Coast and with the water being so close, you’re guaranteed to get your hands on some of the freshest seafood you can get.
Be sure to check out our list of favorite dining spots in Emerald Isle that range from simple fares like burritos and shrimp burgers to more fine-dining experiences like seafood and steaks. Since you’re in North Carolina, you’ll want to try some of our world-famous barbecue that combines the perfect blend of sweet, tangy and savory flavors.
Listen to Live Music by the Sea
If you’re visiting Emerald Isle this summer, you’re in luck to catch some pretty good tunes by the sea after the sun goes down. EmeraldFest is a free summer concert series that takes place at the Western Ocean Regional Access facility every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grab your blanket or lawn chairs and pack a cooler with some beverages to help you relax and get ready to be serenaded by the sea.
There’s also plenty of live music for your enjoyment at various bar and restaurants listed in our favorite dining spots. From Caribsea and Clawson’s Restaurant to Floyds 1921 and more, you are sure to find your groove after a nice dinner with family and friends.
Plan a Night Out at the Movies
Most folks don’t think to visit a cinema while they’re on vacation, but it’s a great vacation activity and a great way to plan a night out in Emerald Isle. There are two movie theatres in the area, one in Emerald Isle and the other in Atlantic Beach. They’re both showing the latest blockbusters and stocked with all of the classic movie theatre concession stand options.
If you’d like to hang with some of the locals, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation hosts a Free Friday Flick every second Friday of the month at the community center. Bring your own chairs or blankets along with a few dollars for one-dollar popcorn and drinks!
Get ready to plan a romantic movie night for two or treat the kids to a family-friendly flick that the whole family can enjoy.
Enjoy Countless Amenities at Your Vacation Rental
The absolute best thing to do at night is relaxing and unwinding at your very own vacation rental. Many of our properties are close to the beach and provide the perfect setting for just staying in and taking advantage of all the perks that come along with your home away from home.
Our rental properties at Emerald Isle Realty are jam-packed with enough amenities you might find yourself staying in even though you were planning the perfect night out. Search vacation rentals by amenity and choose from a great variety of homes that have private pools, spas and hot tubs, game rooms with home theatre systems, in addition to private patios and balconies that provide amazing views of sunsets and the night sky.
Your options are endless, so search our vacation rentals to find one with the perfect amenities to make nights in with family and friends something to remember. Start planning your next vacation to Emerald Isle today and you’ll quickly see why the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down!