Are you bored of your routine bread-n-butter lifestyle? Then you need a break and what can be better than a family beach vacation. Emerald Isle is an ideal place for such a vacation. Located in North Carolina, on the Crystal Coast, it has got its name from the trees growing on it. Settled by the English colonists in 1730, this place has been attacked by pirates quite often due to its richness in resources. With its ornamental past and pristine beaches with salt marshes, it is just perfect for families and everyone has got something to cherish.
The island has got a long beach season. This place has got quite a strategic location too. Visitors can enjoy the charismatic sunrises and sunsets from the island's south-facing beaches. It has got several beach access points, "The Point" being one of them. It is at the western end and from here you can have enchanting views of the Atlantic Ocean, Bear Island, Bouge inlet and the Bouge sound which separates it from the mainland. Hammock Beach State Park, accessible only by boats on the bear island is also quite a nice place with primitive campsites, a snack bar and a bath house. Ferry services are frequent from the mainland.
The waters around this island are a diver's paradise. You can come across sunken vessels like a German World War Two submarine U-352. With artificial reefs and diverse marine life , it is a memorable experience for sure. Several dive companies are there to help you enjoy your adventure better.
There are many interesting activities you can indulge into viz. bird watching, swimming, sunbathing, and collecting seashells and many more. Biking is another great option; in fact there is a special biking track to help you explore the island. You can spend the whole day nice and relaxed with these many options.
For getting a new experience, you can try cruises or parasailing. There are agencies there that rent the boats, jets and can take you for cruises or parasailing. You also have an opportunity to learn surfing.
If you love fishing, then you can't be at a better place than this. This offers you a wide variety for fishing such as freshwater fishing at the islands, calm waters of the sound or the open waters of the Atlantic. As always, many a companies are there to make your fishing a fun and help you get back satisfied with a good catch.
Children can also have a great time out here. There are a series of attractions for families. One can enjoy mini-golf, go karts, bumper boats and batting cages here. The North Carolina Aquarium is a nice hang-out too and it is just minutes away. This place is open almost all days.
So if you want to enjoy the beauty of the virgin nature, Emerald Isle vacations are the perfect idea. With all the facilities and the diverse opportunities to enjoy to the fullest, this trip will surely be a wholesome experience you can carry with you for your lifetime. You must come to this place atleast for once.