Atlantic Beach NC Area Information
Atlantic Beach is the oldest community on the 30-mile length of a barrier island known as Bogue Banks. Originally a resort by the sea accessible only by ferry, in 1929 a toll bridge from the mainland to the island was built and in 1934 it was sold to the state of North Carolina. Development of Atlantic Beach real estate began in 1932 with the building of a cottage by Ed Batchelor from Greenville, NC. The original platting of lots in the area of the "circle" had east/west streets called boulevards named for local geographic features and north/south streets called avenues named for local towns and cities in North Carolina. Due to these ties to local towns and cities, Atlantic Beach has always been referred to as a "local's beach." Many of the original cottages are still in use and occasionally are available for sale with features like knotty pine walls and floors. Newer homes often incorporate wood flooring and ceilings plus large porches and large windows to take advantage of the ocean breezes.
Atlantic Beach has beautiful white beaches and is often referred to as the "Crystal Coast." But the real difference between Atlantic Beach and many other beaches are the man-made canals and bays that provide boat access for Atlantic Beach homes. Charter boats and marinas along with two fishing piers create a fishing paradise. Nightlife in Atlantic Beach is reminiscent of Key West and other resorts but without the expense and traffic.
Atlantic Beach is home to Fort Macon State Park. Built in the early eighteen hundreds, Fort Macon was used in a number of wars to protect Beaufort Inlet. Now a state park, it is also home to a Coast Guard Station. Fort Macon is a 398-acre state park, one of the most popular in the United States. Swimming, fishing, nature programs and trails, guided tours of the fort, a museum with numerous exhibits and audio‑visual displays are just some of the activities available. Large public beach access and rock jetties highlight this park.
Atlantic Beach has also been referred to as the "condo coast" as we have an abundance of condominiums ranging from small one bedroom "condotels" to large ocean front three and four bedroom units. They range from around sixty thousand to almost $800,000 and from the ocean to sound . In the development stage are two complexes in the "circle" development, both high rise condominium complexes with restaurants, pools and views of almost the whole island.
Atlantic Beach is the best place to relax and enjoy sun and surf on the Crystal Coast!