“This place shall be known as Emerald Isle”
This is the quote attributed to a land consultant hired by the potential developers of the western part of the island as he was flying over the green undeveloped portion of the island now known as the Town of Emerald Isle. This lush green section of the island was originally only accessible by a dirt road from the east and a ferry across the west end to the mainland. In an effort to preserve the lure of Emerald Isle, as developments were started, the lot size was increased, streets were numbered and everything was done similar to other areas like Kansas after the land rush. This thoughtful planning has made Emerald Isle a much desired vacation spot and very well known across the country.
Although hotel space is very limited, “Sand Castles” dot the oceanfront for miles. These sand castles offer six to as many as twelve bedrooms sometimes with at least one bath per bedroom. But despite this, there are multitudes of single family homes and condos, some as small as one bedroom and reasonably affordable for second homes. Emerald Isle has great shopping, fine dining and varied entertainment from night clubs to waterslides.
One of the newest attractions in Emerald Isle is the new boat ramp facility with parking for a large amount of vehicles/trailers. With the large sound and marsh grass for inshore fishing and Bogue Inlet for access to the ocean, Emerald Isle is a boaters paradise. Many waterfront homes have docks that include boat lifts.
On the ocean side, there are many pubic accesses to allow day visitors and non-oceanfront properties access to the clean large beaches of Emerald Isle. Bogue Inlet Pier offers fishing access without a boat and the Town of Emerald Isle, in conjunction with the North Carolina Aquarium, is in the process of designing and building a concrete pier open to the public.
All in all, Emerald Isle remains a “gem” of a place on the Crystal Coast to live, have a second home or to have that vacation of a lifetime!
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