Six Ways to Plan a Budget-Friendly Crystal Coast Vacation

So, you have been hearing a lot about the Crystal Coast lately. You’ve been reading our blogs and following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. And we have convinced you to spend your next vacation in Emerald Isle or one of the surrounding communities.

But only half of our job is done! Now, we are ready to help make your stay with Emerald Isle Realty as easy and affordable as possible. Here are a few tips on ways to save money on your Crystal Coast vacation, so you stay within budget and have the most memorable vacation possible.

1. Look beyond oceanfront and explore second row vacation rentals

Each Emerald Isle Realty vacation home has its own unique charm and amenities. While our oceanfront vacation rentals are often the most popular option, there are plenty of other great properties, many of which can save you money without sacrificing any amenities.

Many of our second and third row beach houses offer those same incredible ocean views, but at price points that can put a few bucks back in your wallet.

Turtle Reef - Second Row Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC

Turtle Reef is a fabulously renovated second row beach house featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Sitting high atop the sand dunes in Emerald Isle, this stunning home features amazing ocean views from not just one, but three decks and a private swimming pool. A poolside tiki bar with sparkling overhead lights will let you enjoy having fun all day and into the night. The ground floor boasts a game room with a ping pong table and easy access to the pool area. And it’s a pet friendly rental, so no one has to miss out on an amazing beach vacation in Emerald Isle.

Seldom Inn - Second Row Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
Seldom Inn is a second row beach cottage with 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths nestled in a secluded maritime forest setting. This rental sits on an oceanfront back peg lot, so you have direct access to the beach via your own private boardwalk. Other amenities include an elevator, multi-level porches and decks, and breathtaking ocean views.

High Hopes - Third Row Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
We also have middle and third-row properties that offer easy beach access and plenty of amenities.  Take a look at High Hopes, a 4 bedroom/4 1/2-bathroom, third row cottage offering Sand Castle linens, whirlpool and garden tubs, a rec room, elevator, fireplace and so much more. Plus, you will love the amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean!

2. Duplex rentals offer affordable options for larger families and groups

Another way to find some extra savings, especially for larger families or groups, is by choosing the type of vacation rental that is most suited to your needs. While Emerald Isle Realty does offer a nice selection of large family rentals, our duplex rentals are another affordable option.

With duplex rentals, you can still enjoy desirable amenities like a hot tub, swimming pool, or even a basketball court. Plus, duplexes are a great option for family reunions, giving families multiple spaces to hang out, sleep, and enjoy the beach life! Several duplexes even offer connecting doors so that you can easily access both sides of the property.

Bahama Breeze East and West - Duplex Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
Bahama Breeze East and Bahama Breeze West are one of our amazing oceanfront duplex rentals that are available for rent. Each side has 4 bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms, with more than 2,800 total square feet each. Sit and relax on any one of the three covered and open decks to enjoy an incredible Emerald Isle sunset or cozy up on a cool night in front of the gas fireplace watching your favorite shows and movies.

Carolina Dune East and West - Duplex Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
Another fabulous set of oceanfront duplex rentals are Carolina Dune East and Carolina Dune West. This oceanfront duplex offers 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on each side, and a door that connects the two units. Other property amenities include a custom kitchen, spacious oceanside decks, and a boardwalk that takes you through the dunes to the beach. And this vacation rental is pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along!

3. Condo rentals offer great amenities at affordable rates

The Crystal Coast has a treasure trove of condo rentals offering the freedom of a residence and similar amenities of a hotel, such as a community swimming pool or gym.  And with several locations and options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs, wants, and budget.

Grande Villas Condo Rentals in Indian Beach, NC

Grande Villas in Indian Beach has several oceanfront condos to suit your needs. Choose from 2 to 4-bedroom villas or even a top-floor penthouse. Each condo rental features master suites with oceanfront terraces, ample bathrooms, linen service, custom kitchens, and flat screen TVs. Grande Villas property amenities include a swimming pool, nature preserve, Club Lounge, state-of-the-art health and fitness center, sport and games lounge, fire pit, and more.

Pier Pointe and Pier Pointe West Condo Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
Pier Pointe and Pier Pointe West condos are set within a 3-story building, each with 6 condos. Choose from oceanfront or second row condo rentals for some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets the East Coast has to offer. The property features a private oceanfront walkway, swimming pool, tennis court, and several grilling areas.

Ocean Reef Condo Rentals in Emerald Isle, NC
Ocean Reef condominiums in Emerald Isle is a private community featuring several 2-bedroom rentals with amenities such as linen service, flat screen cable TVs, wet bar, jacuzzi, and private deck with porch furniture. Guests have access to The Country Club which offers access to golf, tennis courts, swimming pools, as well as dining options.

4. Save with discounted rates on nightly and weekend rentals

The length of your stay can affect the cost of your Crystal Coast vacation, so Emerald Isle Realty makes it easy to find the vacation rental that fits your schedule. While most of our vacation rental properties are available for weeklong stays, we also have a selection of beach cottages, duplexes and condos that offer great nightly rates on vacation rentals. And the off-season months offer the perfect opportunity to plan that long weekend getaway you have been dreaming about!

Aloha - Nightly and Weekend Rentals in Emerald Isle
Aloha is a second row cottage in Emerald Isle with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Beautifully furnished with a reverse floor plan, this rental offers great ocean views and easy beach access. You will definitely want to see if this property’s availability falls in line with your schedule!

Heron Point East - Nightly and Weekend Rentals in Emerald Isle
Heron Point East is a beautiful 3-bedroom soundfront duplex rental in Emerald Isle boasting amazing views of Bogue Sound from nearly every room. Relax and take in the views from covered and open decks after a day spent crabbing, paddle boarding or kayaking the calm waters of the sound.

5. Get the lowest rates of the year when you stay during the off-season

We are firm believers that any time is the right time to visit the Crystal Coast. And if you’re looking to save on your vacation rental, then getting away during the Spring, Fall or Winter may be the best bet for your budget.

Discount Rates on Vacation Rentals During the Off-season

The off-season on Bogue Banks is a quieter time without the hustle and bustle of the summer season, allowing for secluded days by the sea. It creates a special time with impeccable weather that is perfect for enjoying a great variety of outdoor activities. Adventurers flock to the area during the off-season to enjoy fishing, kayaking, shelling, biking, and even eco-tours.

With things being a little different this year, and many having the opportunity to learn and work remotely from home, our vacation rentals offer all the amenities you need to get things done, while keeping your family safe and entertained. There is no better place to learn and work remotely than on the beautiful, pristine beaches of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.

Whether you only have a few days or are looking to spend as much time as possible beachside, we have the perfect rental to meet your needs and your budget. Find specials on nightly rentals available during the off-season or check out our long term rentals in Emerald Isle that you can rent by the month. The rates may be low, but you can set your expectations high!

6. Save with last minute deals and seasonal specials

Our Vacation Rental Specials are designed to help you save money, while making the most out of your Southern Outer Banks vacation. If you’re a procrastinator, or one that likes to do things at the spur of the moment, then our Last Minute Deals are the perfect option. With numerous properties offering discounts that range from 10% – 20% off the advertised rate, you are sure to find the perfect rental to fit your budget. Visit this page frequently for the most up-to-date deals on rentals or give us a call at (855) 891-1962.

Great deals on Crystal Coast vacation rentals

Emerald Isle Realty has amazing deals on vacation rentals for every season. Bookmark our Seasonal Specials page and check back often to find the latest specials and best rates on vacation rentals throughout North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Enjoy your vacation knowing you’re having fun while saving money.

And last but certainly not least, Emerald Isle Realty is proud to offer discounts on an extensive selection of beautiful vacation rentals to the men and women who courageously serve our country. You are there for us, so we are here to help you save on your next vacation or military reunion when you book your stay with us. Check out the savings offered year-round on our Military Vacation Deals page.


So now that you have all the information you need to plan a budget-friendly vacation to the Crystal Coast, it’s time to get started! At Emerald Isle Realty, we pride ourselves in helping people plan the perfect vacation. We’ll help you figure out what features and amenities are the most important for your vacation and help you find the perfect vacation rental to make your trip to Emerald Isle totally worth it. We can also help you plan activities and excursions that the whole family will enjoy. What are you waiting for, start planning your stay today!


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