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Vacation Rental FAQ: Planning Your Trip

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Vacation Rentals vs Other Lodging

Why should I stay in a vacation rental versus other lodging options?
When it comes to overall space, privacy and saving money, there is no comparison, a vacation rental is the ideal choice for a place to stay while on vacation. Hotels can be great for an individual, but once you add more people to the equation you will find a vacation rental is the best option.



Emerald Isle Location

Where is Emerald Isle located?
Emerald Isle is located on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, also known as the southern Outer Banks, which encompasses 85 miles of coastline. You can get to Emerald Isle by either driving or flying.



Nearby Airports

What airports are located near Emerald Isle?
Choose from several airports located near Emerald Isle.

45 minutes from Emerald Isle:
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport – New Bern, NC
Albert J. Ellis Airport – Jacksonville, NC

1.5 hours from Emerald Isle:
Wilmington International Airport – Wilmington, NC

3 hours from Emerald Isle:
Raleigh Durham International Airport – Raleigh, NC

Visit our airports page for more information on area airports.



Directions to Emerald Isle

How do I get to Emerald Isle?
Whether you’re coming from the north, south or west, getting to Emerald Isle is a breeze. Find maps and driving directions to Emerald Isle or type in an address for instant directions from any location.

Once you cross the Emerald Isle Bridge, the Emerald Isle Realty office is located 3.2 miles down at 7501 Emerald Drive, on the corner of Emerald Drive and Black Skimmer Road, across from Emerald Isle Town Hall.



Beach Communities

What beach communities are located on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast?
From the southern beaches of Emerald Isle and Swansboro to the northern beaches of Harker’s Island and Beaufort, explore the beach communities along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast to see what fun awaits you.


Best Time to Visit

What is the best time of year to stay in a vacation rental on the Crystal Coast?
Known for its pristine waters and white sand beaches, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is the perfect vacation spot any season. During the summer months, Emerald Isle and the surrounding beach communities are popular for family vacations. The days are filled with the sounds of splashing and laughter as families enjoy a week of fun in the sun.

The off-season begins in the fall around the first week of September, as the hot summer sun gradually changes into gentle fall breezes, allowing for secluded days by the sea. Guests find that fall fishing and spring time walks on the beach are oftentimes the best of the year. If you’re lucky, you might even see a pod of dolphins or catch a rare glimpse of a whale passing through our waters.

No matter what time of year, Emerald Isle offers a countless number of attractions, activities and events to make your stay here on the Crystal Coast one that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.



Packing List

What do I need to bring?
Download our Emerald Isle Beach Vacation Packing List to ensure you have everything you need on your next family beach vacation to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.


Emerald Isle Beach Vacation Packing List



Driver’s licenses
Credit/debit cards and cash
Insurance documents, health and auto
Fishing license
Cell phones and chargers
Camera and memory card
Prescriptions and any other medicines
Reservation information


GPS or maps
Drinks and snacks
Laptops, iPads and DVD players


Plastic baggies to keep phones dry
Beach chairs*
Beach umbrella*
Beach towels*
Surf board*
Boogie boards, raft*
Fishing rods and tackle box
Stocked cooler
Beach games
Sandcastle supplies*
Kites for windy days
Bucket for shell combing
Reading materials
Insect repellent
Aloe for sunburn


Swim suits
Beach hat
Rash guard
Beach cover-up
Flip flops / sandals
Water shoes
Tennis shoes
Lightweight jacket


Garbage bags
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Standard coffee filters
Laundry and dish detergent
All-purpose cleaner
Crockpot, griddle, etc.
Baby equipment
Groceries, condiments, spices
Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc)
Bed and bath linens*


Sanitized hand wipes
First-aid kit
Jumper cables
Address book for postcards
Golf clubs
Flashlight for ghost crabbing

*Refer to property description for any beach gear items included with your vacation home rental.


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