With COVID-19 affecting life as we know it, how to safely enjoy a vacation is a hot topic. Safety measures taken by Emerald Isle Realty and regulations put in place by Emerald Isle and the surrounding towns have made North Carolina’s Crystal Coast one of the safest destinations at which to vacation.
And while you’re here, enjoy all of your favorite Crystal Coast activities. Check out our list of ways you and your family can practice “Coastal Distancing” in Emerald Isle on your next vacation!
Avoid airports with a road trip to North Carolina’s coast
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned family road trip! Avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded airports, load up your favorite beach toys and hit the open road.
A road trip to North Carolina’s coast is a great way to see area landmarks and landscapes. The area is steeped in rich history and natural beauty, offering plenty of ways to sightsee along the way to Emerald Isle. It’s also a great way to spend some quality time with your road-tripping buddies!
Safely maintain coastal distance by spreading out on the beach and in the water
The beaches in Emerald Isle were practically made for socially distancing and keeping safe while visiting! You can continue to enjoy beach days as usual like swimming in the surf, going for walks and catching some much-needed sun.
Since our beaches are uncrowded, finding the perfect beach spot is easy from many of our properties. Most oceanfront vacation rentals have easy beach access via a boardwalk, and there are often sitting areas along the walkway where you can set up camp away from other beach visitors.
Another great way to enjoy the beach while coastal distancing is by visiting locally cherished spots like Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout is only accessible by ferry or boat, so this area will naturally have more space to explore but be sure to pack your beach gear in advance and enjoy the ocean as you wish.
Prepare delicious seafood dinners at your vacation home
In Emerald Isle, you have access to some of the freshest seafood in the world – straight from the source! Why not try your hand at cooking up some fresh-seafood dishes?
With social distancing measures in place, most local grocers are offering curbside pick-up to stock your rental for your stay. Be sure to make your curbside order well in advance of your trip so you can secure your desired pick-up time for your groceries.
From shrimp, fish, crab and more – the number of dishes that require little-to-no experience in the kitchen are endless. And while you’re learning to cook these delicious recipes, you will be able to take home the experience and serve these dishes at home. Check out some of our favorite recipes like shrimp and crab salad or flash-fried flounder and be sure to add these ingredients to your grocery list.
Grab food to-go with plenty of take-out options from local restaurants
If cooking isn’t your thing, you can order food from our favorite local restaurants for take-out. Some restaurants even offer delivery! Enjoy a fine-dining experience from the comfort of your vacation rental and from many rentals, you’ll be dining with a beautiful view of the ocean or soundfront!
Stay safe and have fun at home with great amenities at your vacation rental
If public spaces are making you uneasy, then look to your vacation rental for entertainment. You can still enjoy your time in Emerald Isle by staying home at your vacation rental.
Use our property search to filter vacation rental properties by amenities, such as private pools and hot tubs at cottages. And if you are traveling with younger guests, you can even search for vacation rentals that have rec rooms with games like ping-pong, billiards and foosball! Make sure to bring your children’s favorite video and board games to help keep them busy and entertained throughout your stay.
For more ideas to keep the kiddos entertained while in Emerald Isle, check out our list of fun ocean-themed crafts and activities.
Book a stay at your home away from home today!
Emerald Isle is doing its best to make sure it’s among the safest vacation destinations in the country. Check out how we’re doing our part to make sure you have a great time without sacrificing your health and safety!
Start planning your trip by checking out our available properties and get ready for some needed rest and relaxation away from home while coastal distancing.