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THE ULTIMATE CRYSTAL COAST VACATION GUIDE

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VACATION COCKTAILS ISLAND BREWS

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BUDGET FRIENDLY EXPERIENCES

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surf, pier & deep sea fishing

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Beach Baby must haves

Fun in the sun since 1986

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Welcome

TO NORTH CAROLINA’S

CRYSTAL COAST

“I do crave the ocean. Salt. Heavy air. Sound. White waves. Sweeping tides against a forgiving shoreline under a sky that dances with its soft mirror below.” -Victoria Erickson We are honored you’ve decided to vacation on the Crystal Coast. Families come here every year to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our island. On the Crystal Coast, memories are made and traditions are established that last for generations.

You will find The Beacon is your essential guide for making the most of your family’s vacation. Find recommendations for local dines, unique shops, fishing tips, events, and so much more! When you’re on the go, download the FREE Bluewater Vacation Rentals app - available in the iTunes and Android store by searching Hospitality by Glad2HaveYou. Share your #BluewaterVacation on social media to show us your Crystal Coast adventure. PLUS - enter your finest photos in our annual Photo Contest for your chance to win a FREE 4-night luxury, oceanfront vacation for your family’s next trip to the Crystal Coast. Entries are accepted at www.WhileAtTheBeach.com for various categories. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and that our little “gem” will earn a place in your heart too.

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Vacation Home Tips

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Beach Accesses

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Check-Out Duties

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Coupons

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Trash & Recycling

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Photo Contest

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Hurricane & WIFI Info

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Rental Gear & Tidy Up

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Dog Beach Hacks

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Rip Currents & Flags

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Bucket List

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Kids Coloring Contest

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Sea Glass & Seashells

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Calendar of Events

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Carteret Catch

10 Our Coastal Seasons

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Recipes

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Budget Friendly Activities

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Clean Beaches

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Hurricane Florence

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Sundae Funday

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Happy Hour

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First Timers

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48 Sea Turtle Safe Haven

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49 Instagram Locations

24 Beach Baby Must Haves

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Morehead City

Intracoastal Waterway

NEED TO CALL BLUEWATER?

After-Hours Help* Vacation Planners Maintenance Housekeeping Linen Service

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(252) (252) (252) (252) (252)

354-2323 354-2323 354-6128 354-6130 646-1723

*Follow the menu prompts to reach our after-hours emergency service for all rental departments including our housekeeping, maintenance, and linen teams.

WANT TO SEND US A TEXT?

These numbers only accept text messages - no phone calls.

Vacation Planners Maintenance Housekeeping Linen Service

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(252) (252) (252) (252)

429-5447 429-5441 429-5464 429-5494

COVER PHOTO: Cade, son of Caitlin, one of our remarkable Vacation Planners. Photo courtesy of Caitlin Barnes Photography (252) 354-2323 | BluewaterNC.com

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WHILE YOU'RE HERE BEFORE YOU GO BLUEWATER VACATION HOME QUICK TIPS

OFFICE HOURS & LOCATIONS OPEN IN-SEASON 8:30 to 6:00 Sat - Sun 8:30 to 5:00 Mon - Fri

OPEN OFF-SEASON 8:30 to 5:00 Every day

CHECK-IN 3:00 P.M.

EMERALD ISLE OFFICE

ATLANTIC BEACH OFFICE

AFTER-HOURS ARRIVALS: Keys will be in the lock box.

AFTER-HOURS ARRIVALS: Keys will be in the lock box

200 Mangrove Drive (252) 354-2323

AFTER-HOURS DEPARTURES: Use the drop slot at 200 Mangrove Dr.

YEAR-ROUND

407 Atlantic Beach Cswy 6D (252) 247-9200 AFTER-HOURS DEPARTURES: Use the drop slot at 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy 6D.

CHECK-OUT 10:00 A.M. YEAR-ROUND

After-Hours Emergency Line: (252) 354-2323

KEYLESS ENTRY

INTERNET SERVICES

Many of our vacation rental properties have Keyless Entry. This allows you to bypass the normal checkin procedure and go directly to your property at check-in time. Guests staying at keyless vacation rentals will receive an email prior to arrival with instructions. For questions or concerns regarding your keyless entry equipped rental, please call us at (252) 354-2323. Check-out is expected promptly at 10:00am. Please make sure that you are prepared to depart the property as your key code expires at this time. Simply enter 123456 and press * on the lock to tell us that you’ve checked out.

Your Wi-Fi Network Name & Password can be found in the Pre-Arrival Email you received a few days before your vacation and on the BluewaterNC app! Additional Wi-Fi information may be found on the refrigerator magnet or sometimes on the modem itself. Although many properties provide internet, some do not. If you brought your computer and need internet access while staying with us, you can access a guest network from our lobbies. If you are having trouble accessing the internet that is provided to you by your vacation home, please call our Maintenance team at (252) 354-6128.

HOUSEKEEPING

MAINTENANCE

If you would like to schedule a mid-stay clean or have any housekeeping needs, please call during business hours for assistance at (252) 354-6130 or text us at (252) 429-4564.

For issues requiring a maintenance service during business hours, please call (252) 354-6128. For emergencies after-hours, call (252) 354-2323.

LINENS

LOCKED OUT?

Please check your linen order immediately upon arrival for correct quantity and sizes. If your linens have not been delivered by 4 P.M. or if your order is incorrect, please call us at (252) 646-1723 or afterhours at (252) 354-2323 with the property name, address, and your party’s preferred contact number so that we may reach you. 2

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During business hours, you may come to the office and borrow a key. After-hours, please call our office and follow the prompts for after-hours emergencies. We will be in touch shortly to arrange entry into your home. If an agent is required to deliver keys to the property, a $50 service fee will be applied.


HEATING & COOLING

CHECK-OUT DUTIES

Please keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to enable the system to keep up with demand. You may experience high or low temperatures during or shortly after checking in due to excessive activity. These generally will moderate over an hour or two once closed.

At check-out, return the keys and key packet to the office location you checked in to. In the case of condos, make sure to return all gate cards, keys, pool tags, and parking passes with your packet.

REFRIGERATOR

Please note that you will be charged for any of the above items not returned to us upon your departure.

The settings should be set in the mid-range prior to your arrival. Loading the refrigerator at check-in will initially cause the unit to run and can take up to 24 hours to stabilize the temperature.

SWIMMING POOLS

If you have a private pool, it will be cleaned and serviced twice weekly during your stay. Some pools can be heated for an additional fee upon request in the cooler months. If you have access to a community pool, most are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Periodically, community pools may be closed for necessary maintenance without notice or reimbursement. Questions? Call 252-354-6128.

GRILLS MAKE SURE THAT YOU CLEAN YOUR GRILL BEFORE CHECKOUT FOR THE NEXT GUEST STAYING AT YOUR HOME.

Many homes and condominium complexes provide grilling areas on the grounds. Any grilling at homes must be done as far from the home as possible. Town ordinances prohibit the use of grills on any porches, decks, or walkways. Our strong, prevailing winds can be dangerous with open flames.

PEST CONTROL

The Crystal Coast has an abundance of maritime wildlife. Unfortunately, this also includes a large population of ants, water bugs, and fleas. All of our properties are required to have routine treatment. Please help control insects by keeping all foods sealed, dishes rinsed, and by emptying trash cans.

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Are you staying in one of our exclusive homes? Our Blue Pearl specialist, Kris Newman, is available to help with any questions or concerns you may have during your stay.

Kris Newman

Blue Pearl Specialist

(252) 354-1331 krisn@bluewaternc.com

Occupancy of the property - including driveways, parking areas, decks, pools, or outside showers is not permitted after check-out. Text housekeeping with questions at 252-429-4564 Set thermostats to 74 during summer months and 55 in winter months Please ensure property is left in same order as it was upon your arrival for the next guests Clean all dishes and kitchenware and return all items to their original location Return all furniture to original location Clean all outdoor grills Remove all food and trash from home to outside trash containers Please remove all linens (flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillow cases) from the beds and put them in the provided linen bag. Place it near the main entrance. If you’re unable to find the linen bag, bundle the linens near the main entrance. Please leave mattress pads, pillow protectors, comforters, blankets, and shams on the beds. Please do a final walk-through to look for any personal items such as clothes, shoes, medication, and electronic device chargers Close and lock all windows and exterior doors

LOST AND FOUND Bluewater is not responsible for personal items left behind; however, we will make every effort to locate anything you’ve forgotten. Items are held for 30 days and then donated. Report lost items to us by calling (252) 354-6130 or by emailing LostAndFound@BluewaterNC.com. (252) 354-2323 | BluewaterNC.com

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Quick REFERENCE TRASH & RECYCLING

Roll down service is offered at most of our properties. It is scheduled for the afternoon before pick up day and rolled up on the same day as pickup. Roll down service is not available in Beaufort.

EMERALD ISLE

ATLANTIC BEACH

Monday & Friday Oceanside of Emerald Dr. (NC 58) and Coast Guard Rd., Inlet Dr. and The Point

Monday & Thursday Oceanside of Fort Macon Rd. and east of Henderson Blvd. Off-season: Monday only

Tuesday & Thursday Soundside of Emerald Dr. and soundside of Coast Guard Rd.

Tuesday & Friday Soundside of Fort Macon Rd. and west of Henderson Blvd. Off-season: Tuesday only

Recycling Pickup Wednesday

Recycling Pickup Monday

PINE KNOLL SHORES

INDIAN BEACH

Monday Trash

Tuesday Trash

Recycling Pickup Every other Monday

Recycling Pickup Every other Thursday

SALTER PATH

BEAUFORT

Thursday Trash

Monday Trash

Recycling Pickup Every other Thursday

Recycling Pickup Tuesday

Donate your unopened, non-perishable food! Save yourself the hassle and space for the ride home. Just load up your unopened items and drop them off at our office at checkout to donate them to our local food banks.

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NEED TO CALL BLUEWATER?

After-Hours Help* Vacation Planners Maintenance Housekeeping Linen Service

(252) (252) (252) (252) (252)

354-2323 354-2323 354-6128 354-6130 646-1723

*Follow the menu prompts to reach our after-hours emergency service for all rental departments including our housekeeping, maintenance, and linen teams.

WANT TO SEND US A TEXT? These numbers only accept text messages - no phone calls.

Vacation Planners Maintenance Housekeeping Linen Service

(252) (252) (252) (252)

429-5447 429-5441 429-5464 429-5494

FIRE, POLICE & RESCUE EMERGENCIES DIAL 9-1-1 NON-EMERGENCIES Emerald Isle Police Indian Beach Police Salter Path Police Pine Knoll Shores Police Atlantic Beach Police

(252) 354-2021 (252) 247-6700 (252) 247-6700 (252) 247-2474 (252) 726-2523

MEDICAL SERVICES Med First Urgent Care (252) 354-6500 7901 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC

Carteret General Hospital (252) 808-6000 3500 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC

Carteret Urgent Care Center (252) 808-6641 3722 Bridges Street Morehead City, NC

Beach Care Urgent Center (252) 808-3696 5059 Hwy 70 West Morehead City, NC

Western Carteret Medical Center (252) 393-6543 718 Cedar Point Boulevard Swansboro, NC

VETERINARY SERVICES Brigadoon Animal Hospital (252) 393-6581 1074 Cedar Point Boulevard Cedar Point, NC

Pet Docks Veterinary Hospital (252) 240-3885 5307 Hwy 70 West Morehead City, NC

Morehead Animal Hospital (252) 726-0181 176 Highway 24 East Morehead City, NC

Arendell Animal Hospital (252) 726-4998 213 Commerce Avenue Morehead City, NC


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HURRICANES TROPICAL STORMS

HURRICANE SEASON EXTENDS FROM JUNE TO NOVEMBER When a hurricane approaches our coastline, the Town Officials will issue either a mandatory or a voluntary evacuation based on current conditions. For either type of evacuation, measures will be taken prior to your evacuation by Bluewater staff, vacation homeowners and independent contractors to secure the exterior of your vacation home including storing and moving porch and pool furniture, closing storm shutters, and tying down grills along with other necessary items to secure the home. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. We ask that you do not un-prep anything that has been prepared for a storm. DURING A MANDATORY EVACUATION vacation guests and permanent residents must leave the island and go further inland. After the mandatory evacuation is executed, the bridges are secured by State Police and no vehicles are allowed on the island until the evacuation is lifted. DURING A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION you may decide whether to leave or not. The National Weather Service issues early warnings so there is usually ample time for everyone to prepare. Social media, radio, and television stations keep the public notified about evacuations as well as re-entry information. Listen for details relating to Carteret County, also known as “Bogue Banks” or “The Crystal Coast.” LOOK FOR UPDATES You can also see updates from the towns on their websites. Visit the Town of Emerald Isle at [emeraldisle-nc.org] and the Town of Atlantic Beach at [atlanticbeach-nc.com]. We will be sharing this information on our website at [BluewaterNC.com] and our Facebook page at [facebook.com/BluewaterRealEstate]

TRAVEL INSURANCE BY RED SKY TRAVEL INSURANCE

WWW.TRIPPRESERVER.COM (866) 889-2070

Internet QUESTIONS PLACES TO FIND YOUR WIFI NETWORK & PASSWORD 1. Read the 2 pre-arrival emails you received a few days before check-in 2. Log in to the Bluewater App, View Details, and locate “Wifi Network and Password” 3. Check the sticker on the bottom or side of the router located at the vacation rental for the network and password 4. Check the refrigerator or your key packet

CONNECTING YOUR PHONE & TABLET 1. Open “Settings” and locate WIFI or Internet 2. Choose the network for your rental 3. Enter the password provided when prompted 4. If you become disconnected: open WIFI or Internet within “Settings” and “Forget Network.” Then repeat the steps above

STILL NEED MORE HELP? 1. Look for the strongest WIFI signal. We will need this to troubleshoot 2. Look for our guest network BluewaterNC-Guest and use the password bluewater2323 during your vacation

We hope that your vacation on the Crystal Coast is nothing short of wonderful but if a family emergency interrupts your trip, they are here to help! If you’ve purchased Travel Insurance coverage, you can get details about making a claim by calling (866) 889-2070 or by going online to [trippreserver.com]. If you have not purchased coverage, please contact our Vacation Planners.

3. Call our Maintenance Team at 252-354-6128 if you are still unable to connect to WIFI

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BEACH RENTAL GEAR

Forgot something? Call and add it to your reservation! Standard Delivery & Pickup is FREE! Express Beach Gear Delivery is just $20. REMEMBER: Beach gear of any kind cannot be left on the beach overnight. This includes tents, canopies, chairs, nets, umbrellas, etc. Any items left unattended after 7pm will be confiscated by beach patrol. Please be advised that guests are responsible for all confiscated rental gear.

CALL (252) 354-2323

Spectrum Cable Channels

BEACH BUNDLE $75/WEEK

BEACH BIKES $35/WEEK

2 BEACH CHAIRS & 1 UMBRELLA

3 SIZES AVAILABLE MENS, WOMENS, & KIDS

Beach Chairs $25/week

Beach Umbrellas $35/week

Gas Grills $80/week

VIEW THE ENTIRE SELECTION OF RENTAL GEAR:

BLUEWATERNC.COM/RENT-BEACH-GEAR

TIDY UP

&TOWELS MID-STAY CLEAN INCLUDES

TIDY & TOWEL BUNDLE

VACUUM, SANITIZE, REMAKE BEDS, & MUCH MORE

MID-STAY CLEAN PLUS FRESH TOWELS

We know you are on vacation and the last thing you want to do is tidy up during your stay. Need an extra set of hands to clean up after the kids? Want fresh towels and a cleaning?

CALL (252) 354-6130 TEXT (252) 429-5464 to have this added for a minimal charge!

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Please Note: Mid-stay services are offered Monday - Friday, no weekends.

PROMOTIONS

PAYMENT PLANS

COMPLIMENTARY HOLD FOR NEXT YEAR

When you have found a home that is perfect for your family, don’t take the chance that it won’t be available for your favorite week! Let us know while you’re here and we’ll hold it for you until we get rates for the following year. No money is due until the next year’s rates are published in the late summer. If you need to hold more than one property, there will be a $100.00 non-refundable fee charged at the time of booking to any advance reservation made past your first complementary reservation.

LAYAWAY PLAN

Book with our interest-free layaway plan and break your new reservation into 6 automatic payments with no additional fees. Book early to maximize your savings! There is also a 3 Payment Plan available.

EARLY BIRD

Do you book in advance and vacation in the spring or fall? Perfect - take advantage of our Early Bird savings! Ask your vacation planner if your dates qualify!

MILITARY SAVINGS

Are you or a member of your vacationing group an Active Military member? Let us know and you could qualify for additional savings on your next stay.

PETS STAY FREE

Most of our Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals allow your pet to vacation at no additional cost! Find your favorite Pet Friendly Vacation Rental and look for the Pets Stay Free amenity and your four legged friend can stay for free! Available for vacation rental reservations only - not available for monthly reservations. 6

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BEACH RULES AND REGULATIONS

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Calendar OF EVENTS

JANUARY

JUNE

OCTOBER

Penguin Plunge in Atlantic Beach First Day Hike at Fort Macon Beaufort’s Clam Chowder Cook-off Emerald Isle Friday Free Flicks Begin

Morehead City Marlins Games Begin EmeraldFest Concert Series Begins Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour Kayak for Warriors Race Bogue Banks Kiteboarding Festival Emerald Isle Friday Free Flicks Movie Night in Atlantic Beach Begins

N.C. Seafood Festival Swansboro Mullet Festival Emerald Isle Triathlon Calcutta Wahoo Challenge Carolina Kite Festival War of 1812 Reenactment Gordie McAdams Surf Fishing N.C. Festival By The Sea Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat Trunk or Treat at the Aquarium

FEBUARY Carolina Chocolate Festival Art from the Heart Show Hope Missions Empty Bowls Winter Taste of Core Sound Beaufort’s Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

MARCH Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival Shamrock Run & Roll Swansboro Rotary Oyster Roast Restaurant Week Emerald Isle Marathon

APRIL

JULY Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier Fireworks at the Atlantic Beach Circle Fireworks in Morehead City & Beaufort Buddy Pelletier Surf Contest Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament Emerald Isle Bike Ride Shark Week at the Aquarium Barta Billfish Tournament Story Telling Festival Emerald Isle Friday Free Flicks Movie Night in Atlantic Beach

AUGUST

Newport Pig Pickin’ Bites and Blues Beaufort Wine & Food Festival Vin de Mer Wine Festival Beaufort Historical Site Easter Egg Hunt Emerald Isle & Morehead City Egg Hunts Carteret County Bark for Art

O.W.L.S. Sandcastle Contest Beaufort Pirate Invasion Rachel Carson Reserve Field Trips Crystal Coast County Fair Summer & Alive at 5 Concerts Wrap-up Movie Night in Atlantic Beach Wrap-up

MAY

SEPTEMBER

MCAS Cherry Point Air Show Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show Beaufort Music Festival Crystal Coast Boat Show Atlantic Beach Music Festival Weekend Summer Concert Series Begins Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Fireworks Alive at 5 Outdoor Concerts Begin Crystal Kai SUP Cup

Atlantic Beach Saltwater Classic Walk to Defeat A.L.S. Crystal Coast Grand Prix Emerald Isle Day-4-Kids Beaufort Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival Fort Macon Reenactment Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament Coastal Cuisine & Craft Beer Festival Beer, Bubbles, and BBQ Festival

NOVEMBER Beaufort Wine & Food Oyster Roast Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament Annual Antique-A-Thon Emerald Isle Holiday Parade Emerald Isle Tree Lighting & Flotilla Shop, Savor and Sip Fashion Show Shop Small Business Saturday

DECEMBER Morehead City Christmas Festival Crystal Coast Flotilla Festival of Trees Holiday Arts Fair Emerald Isle Santa and a Movie Historic Beaufort Holiday Art Walk Core Sound Decoy Festival Beaufort Claus Pub Crawl Historic Beaufort Candlelight Tour New Year’s Eve Pirate Drop in Beaufort Morehead City New Year’s Crab Pot Drop

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spring

summer

Spring on the Crystal Coast is the perfect way to have fun in the sun on an early getaway! As the water and the salty air warms up, the local birds and dolphins return to our coast. Warmer weather and waters mean comfortable weather for fishing. If you enjoy laying out in the sun with a nice cool breeze running across you, this is the time of year for you. Pods of dolphins arrive and even a whale or two are known to skirt the coast in spring. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding is finally a reasonable activity for those of us who thrive outdoors. Walking along the waterfronts of Beaufort, Swansboro, and Morehead City becomes a relaxing way to spend a day. The pier opens, flowers bloom, baby deer are sighted on Coast Guard Road - spring has sprung!

Summer means being outside! From the various water sports in Emerald Isle to conquering Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, the things to do are limitless! Whether you’re attending Fourth of July events, summer concerts, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, or just laying on the beach, the Crystal Coast has much to offer for your summer beach vacation. Try something new - such as taking a ferry over to Shackleford Banks to watch the wild ponies, shelling and hunting for sand dollars, taking a boat tour with the pirates, kayaking the intracoastal, or boarding a fishing charter into the gulf stream for a big catch. Summer on the coast is sure to be the highlight of your year, no matter how long you’re here for. Be sure to book early because the peak season is the first to fill up.

TE MP ERAT U RE AVERAGE H IGH : 70°F | AV ERA GE LOW : 55°F

TE M P E RATU R E AV E RA G E H I G H : 8 5 ° F | AV E RA G E LOW : 73 ° F

WATE R T EMP ERAT U RE AVERAGE H IGH : 71 °F | AV ERA GE LOW : 65°F

WATE R TE M P E RATU R E AV E RA G E H I G H : 8 3 ° F | AV E RA G E LOW : 80° F

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winter

Though summer may be over, fall is the perfect time to visit the Crystal Coast! The weather is still beautiful and perfect for a day at the beach while avoiding the huge summer crowds and enjoying the water still being warm. Fall in the Southern Outer Banks is a fisherman’s dream as some of the favorite-to-catch species are swimming wild. Those in the know make it a point to hit the sand in the fall. Secretly, it is the locals’ favorite time of year. The beaches are clearing out, festivals have begun, and the milder temperatures make it a great vacay for your furry friends. Also, oyster season is back in full swing - a must indulgence while you are here. Definitely worth the wait. Smoked, steamed, fried, or raw - whatever you fancy, fall is one of the best times to dine.

Make like a bird and fly south to the Crystal Coast for winter! You may not want to dive in the water, unless you like a polar plunge, but the weather is still warm enough to take a relaxing stroll on the beach. Crystal Coast sunrises and sunsets are a breathtaking sight in the winter. If you want to stay a little warmer, the Crystal Coast also has countless indoor attractions like the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores or the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The holiday festivities abound during this time of year. Catch a flotilla, a floating light parade where boats are decorated in themed lighting and drift by our many waterfronts. You can snuggle up to your loved ones on an indoor dinner cruise, where you can see a pony or two and the water from the comforts of your cruise seat.

TE MP ERAT U RE AVE RAGE H IGH : 73°F | AV ERA GE LOW : 5 8°F

TE M P E RATU R E AV E RA G E H I G H : 5 7 ° F | AV E RA G E LOW : 4 0° F

WATE R T EMP ERAT U RE AVE RAGE H IGH : 77°F | AV ERA GE LOW : 73 °F

WATE R TE M P E RATU R E AV E RA G E H I G H : 6 6 ° F | AV E RA G E LOW : 61° F

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y l d n e i r F t e g d u B S N O I T A C A V H C A BE

Your trip to the Crystal Coast does not have cost a fortune! There are plenty of activities and ways to save money while on vacation. There are tons of attractions, activities, and events that your family can enjoy without going over budget. Most parents look for constructive, enriching activities to do with their kids that they can enjoy as well. With a little creativity and some local suggestions, there’s no limit to what you can do to have some fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. To help you plan a fun family outing, we put together a few of our favorite budget friendly activities everyone can enjoy!

FREE CONCERTS & MOVIES MOREHEAD CITY Alive at 5: 3rd Friday this summer and 3rd Thursday in September & October at 5PM at 807 Shepard St.

ATLANTIC BEACH Outdoor movies Wednesdays from June 12 to August 14 at 8:30PM at 915 W. Fort Macon Rd. Rain date Thursday

EMERALD ISLE EmeraldFest: live music Thursdays at the Western

Ocean Regional Access June 13 to Aug 15 at 6:30PM Friday Free Flicks: movies year-round at the Emerald Isle Community Center on the 2nd Friday at 7PM

DOWNTOWN SWANSBORO SwanFest: live music Sundays from May 26 to September 1 at 6:30PM

A DAY AT CAPE LOOKOUT Plan to seashell hunt, visit the old village, and climb the 188 steps of the lighthouse. Adult tickets to climb are $8 and $4 for children 12 and under. The Ferry ride from Harkers Island to the Cape is $17 for adults and $10 for children. The National Park hosts FREE climbing days throughout the year and even some nighttime events in the off-season!

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LOCAL FLAIR FREEBIES TRIVIA NIGHT

LOCAL MUSIC

Carolina Wine Mixer every Thursay night at 7:30pm

The Emerald Club Beach & Tiki Bar every Tuesday night at 8pm

Stop by these spots to hear local artists and bands: Salt, Off the Hook, Riptidez, Cru Wine Bar, Backstreet Pub, The Salty Bee, Treehouse Beer Co., Trading Post, Royal James, Southern Salt, & Emerald Club

FORT MACON STATE PARK

ATLANTIC BEACH PARK

Hiking & Bike Trails Exhibit & Fort Tours Musket Demonstrations Fishing & Picnicking

Splash Pad

Island Time Tavern every Monday night at 6:30pm

Skate Park for bikes & skateboards Large playset, swingset, merry-go-round, and basketball

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ONLY LEAVE FOOTPRINTS BEHIND

We are home to the prettiest beaches on the East Coast, but it doesn’t come naturally or easy. Every summer, an abundance of tourists and loyal beach goers tend to leave something harmful behind - LITTER. Not only does litter affect the appearance of our beaches, but also the wildlife. Make sure you pack a large garbage bag to collect your trash and take it off the beach with you. There are trash cans located at every public beach access. Bring reusable water bottles and bags to prevent litter. Avoid plastic bags - they take 10 to 20 years to decompose and some animals confuse them for food! The local SurfRider Foundation organizes various beach cleanups throughout the year. They have removed over 26,000 pounds of trash so far this year. Their goal is to remove over 200,000 pounds by 2020. Check them out at BOGUEBANKS.SURFRIDER.ORG

DIRTY FACTS

ONE-TIME-USE PLASTICS are the most common litter found in cleanups (plastic cigarette butts, wrappers, plastic bottles, caps, and straws) 4 BILLION pounds of trash enters the oceans each year worldwide. That is 1 truck full each minute! YOU COULD CIRCLE THE EARTH 400 TIMES with the plastic in the ocean today 100,000 SEA MAMMALS such as turtles, dolphins, whales, and seals are killed by litter every year around the world ONE MILLION SEABIRDS are killed each year by beach trash alone

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Hurricane Florence #CARTERETSTRONG

Hurricane Florence was a powerful, long-lived hurricane that caused severe damage to the Crystal Coast in September of 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. Before making landfall, Florence fluctuated in strength for several days over the open ocean. An unexpected bout of rapid intensification developed at the beginning of September culminating with Florence becoming a Category 4 major hurricane with estimated maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. Thankfully, the severity of Florence diminished as it made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane with strong winds and heavy rain. The footprint of Florence left many properties with significant siding and roof damage, washed out walkways, and left many places without power for several days. Although the damage was much less than anticipated, cleanup and repairs continue to take place to replenish the hardest-hit areas. Tourists and locals are continuously working to restore our beautiful coast!

Emerald Isle

Atlantic Beach

Various sections of Bogue Inlet Pier were washed away and flooding damaged some homes along the coast. Town Officials teamed up with the N.C. Forestry Service and spent a week pumping out water from flooded areas. Business buildings and homes experienced light to moderate damage.

The end of Oceana Pier was destroyed and wind blew in a wall of Crows Nest Marina. Huge waves crashed against the pier caused by the storm surge starting September 13th, 2018. The large U.S flag at the town entrance remained intact. The beach sustained significant erosion.

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Highest Rainfall

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S F U N D AY N beat the heat D A E

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FISHING LICENSE Everyone 16 years of age and older is required to have their own individual North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (NC-CRFL). Some licensed piers, such as the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Oceanana Pier, require you to purchase a private pass to use their facilities. This pass may also act as your NC-CRFL. Emerald Isle The Reel Outdoors K&V Grocery

Swansboro Wal-Mart

Atlantic Beach Freeman’s Bait & Tackle Chasin’ Tails Outdoors

Morehead City DMF Headquarters (Division of Fisheries) Dick’s Sporting Goods Wal-Mart

BOAT LAUNCHES Emerald Isle Intracoastal Waterway 6800 Emerald Drive Atlantic Beach Intracoastal Waterway Moonlight Drive Ramp West Bogue Sound Drive Ramp Morehead City Intracoastal Waterway 3407 Arendell Street Cedar Point (Swansboro) 144 Cedar Point Boulevard Beaufort (Taylor’s Creek) 2370 Lennoxville Road Harkers Island 1604 Harkers Island Road

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CATCH YOUR PIECE OF THE COAST Your North Carolina beach vacation might include scoring a trophy fish from a private charter or simply casting a line from one of our piers stretching into the Atlantic. Whatever your interest may be, there is always something to catch when you have rivers, the sound, inlets, and the ocean at your fingertips... or should we say “reel”?

BLACK DRUM

March, April, May, September, October, November, December

FLOUNDER

June, July, August, September, October, November, December

ST R I P E D BASS

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

SEA MULLET

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

S PA N I S H M A C K E R E L

May, June, July, August, September

RED DRUM

March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

BLUEFISH

SURF & PIER

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BLUE MARLIN

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GROUPER

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KING MACKEREL

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S E A BASS

June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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NORTH CAROLINA’S

Crystal Coast

PINE KNOLL SHORES

The wide beaches and soundside access make it easy to swim or go shelling, clamming, or kayaking along this beautiful stretch of island. The North Carolina Aquarium is located here and offers a variety of marine species including sea horses, lionfish, sharks, and a sea turtle nursery! Nature trails offer a walk above a tidal marsh where marine creatures live and shore birds wade. All in all, it’s a tranquil way to spend the afternoon.

SWANSBORO

The “Friendly City by the Sea” offers a historic downtown district overlooking the water. The quaint village atmosphere and historic downtown area offers shopping in an area alive with restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops. Host to the Arts by the Sea Festival, SwanFest, Mullet Festival, and multiple fishing tournaments, Swansboro offers some of the best hospitality on our coast.

EMERALD ISLE

The outdoorsy & adventurous guests are in heaven with activities like surfing, kayaking, kite boarding, and paddle boarding. Miles of walking, jogging, and bike paths and several nature trails allow you to enjoy this natural pristine environment. You can spot a variety of waterfowl and white tail deer throughout the island. The Point is a must when visiting the western shores of Bogue Banks; the sunsets are breathtaking!

SALTER PATH

Known for its history as an old fishing village, Salter Path is different because it is home to a large dune system, excellent beaches, breathtaking soundfront views, and even a small maritime forest. Family beach cottages are easy to spot as you cruise through Salter Path.

INDIAN BEACH

Conveniently located in the middle of Bogue Banks. Its central location on the island allows for easy access to the restaurants and shopping in Morehead City and Emerald Isle. Above all, you’ll enjoy the quiet, calming expanse of soft sands and the lush maritime forest.

ATLANTIC BEACH

Atlantic Beach has a retro “beach-town” feel of days past and has been North Carolina’s “go-to” beach since the 1930s. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach features a laid back, friendly feel with wide sandy beaches, a boardwalk, and a commercial district with dining and shopping options. Public parks, splash pad, skate park, and beach accesses will draw you in. It's also home to the most visited state park, the historic Civil War Fort, Fort Macon.

MOREHEAD CITY

Downtown Morehead City has alluring waterfront appeal lined with charter boats, legendary seafood restaurants, and charming shops all overlooking Sugarloaf Island. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is held annually in June with crowds gathering daily at the weigh station! Also home of the NC Seafood Festival held every year on the first weekend in October. Families can also enjoy watching the Morehead City Marlins play baseball at Big Rock Stadium.

BEAUFORT

The 3rd oldest town in North Carolina was voted by Southern Living as "The South's Best Small Town" in 2019! Its Bahamian and West Indian style architecture, stunning water views, specialty shops, decadent restaurants, and close ties with a notorious pirate make this town explode with charm. Watch the feral horses from the banks or board a ferry to explore the waters. Hop atop the English Double-Decker bus and tour the historic fishing village to see Blackbeard’s home and the mysterious Old Burial Ground.

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Emerald Isle THE GEM OF NORTH CAROLINA’S COAST The tranquil resort and residential community of Emerald Isle is located on the western end of the Southern Outer Banks Island called Bogue Banks. Bogue Banks Island is 30 miles long, with Atlantic Beach at the easternmost end, Salter Path and Indian Beach in the center, and Emerald Isle on the westernmost end. Emerald Isle’s reputation as a “Family Beach” is well deserved and continues year after year to lure families looking for a peaceful ocean getaway to remember!

The original developers of Emerald Isle have been praised by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post for their foresight that has protected this island from the overgrowth that plagues most beach resort areas. Emerald Isle is one of the few beaches left on the Outer Banks that still provides an unspoiled family atmosphere for permanent residents, absentee property owners, and vacationers alike. As tradition has it, the road that later became Emerald Drive was originally built in a serpentine path to spare the old live oak trees that covered the island. “Emerald Isle By the Sea” grew slowly westward as roads were pushed and paved through the sand. The beach side gives plenty of sand for play while the sound side offers calm waters for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and shelling.

Today, Emerald Isle is thriving and growing with a permanent population just below 4,000, as well as a seasonal population of 16,000 during peak tourist season. The Bogue Inlet Pier is newly renovated and a highlight spot for scenic shots. Walk the length and watch for dolphins or even a whale and check out what the fishermen are catching or cast a line yourself. Emerald Isle residents and visitors today still enjoy a relaxed ocean atmosphere with enough to do to keep from being bored on rainy days, but not so much that you get the carnival feel that exists in many larger ocean resort areas. Our sandy white beaches remain unspoiled and unpopulated. Our warm, gentle ocean waters remain unpolluted.


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BA BY 12 must haves ZIPLOC BAGS for wet clothes, a change of clothes & to keep your phone out of the sand FROZEN WATER BOTTLES use them as ice packs & drink them once you have let them melt in the sun BABY POWDER easily removes sand and tiny shells from your hands & feet BEACH HAT WITH UV PROTECTION & STRING to protect their eyes and head from the glaring sun SUNSCREEN is a must to protect their sensitive baby skin. Apply before you hit the beach! MESH LAUNDRY BAG is the easiest way to clean the sand from their beach toys

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COLLAPSIBLE WAGON kids require a lot of stuff! Save your back and pull the wagon POP-UP TENT to give them plenty of shady space for play and naps SNACKS pack individually packed snacks. No one likes sand in the communal chip bag BLOW-UP POOL to let them play in the salt water without the worry of waves and rip tides TRASH BAGS to make sure you keep the beach as pretty as you found it BABY CARRIER wear your kiddo and give your arms a break or free up your hand for a drink

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“Circle” Regional Access $ 201 West Atlantic Boulevard Restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables, volleyball courts

Eastern Regional Access $ 2701 Emerald Drive Bathhouse, grills, picnic pavillion

Channel Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Page Place, Ocean Oaks Drive, Bluewater Drive, Seagull Drive, Western Regional Access, Eastern Regional Access, and 3rd Street Park.

Tom Doe Regional Access $ 104 Ocean Boulevard Bathhouse, playground, handicap ramp Fort Macon State Park $ 901 Fort Macon Road Bathhouse New Bern Street Access $ 177 New Bern Street Bathhouse, showers, picnic tables, swings, ramp access

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Western Regional Access $ 101 Islander Drive Bathhouse, grills, volleyball, picnic pavillion

PINE KNOLL SHORES Iron Steamer Regional Access $ 345 Salter Path Road Restrooms, outdoor showers

SALTER PATH Salter Path Regional Access 1050 Salter Path Road Restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables

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Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00am until 5:00pm during the summer. They are located at the Western and Eastern Regional Beach Accesses. Additional lifeguards patrol the beach between the two accesses.

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FOR SANDY PAWS Our beaches welcome dogs year-round! While your pup spends their day by the water, make sure you are well equipped for their vacation.

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Keep your dog hydrated - a collapsible water bowl is great

Snacks are a must for everyone Dogs must be leashed at all times you don't want to get a ticket Trash cans are at each public access - please scoop the poop

Toys that float are the best


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Unplug & Explore

When you step onto the shore of the Crystal Coast, life slows down as the salty breeze flows and your toes sink into the sand. Take advantage of this opportunity to relax and turn off your cell phone, television, and computer and really just embrace the paradise our beaches have to offer. You’re on island time! Take a break from the hectic, fast-paced lifestyle and feel totally rejuvenated and reconnected when you look back at the lifetime memories you will make. Then jump aboard a ferry and witness the natural beauty of the wild horses in their natural habitat along Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island. Seeing the wild ponies is a favorite for both our “honorary locals” and first-time visitors.

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The Crystal Coast has been named one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The ocean floor is alive at the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with over 2,000 shipwreck sites along the NC coastline. Some wrecks are located just a few miles from the shore in 30-foot depths. World War I & II ships, the historic U-352 submarine, and a breathtaking variety of sharks & exotic Gulf Stream fish are all sights to see when you dive. Diving isn’t your style? You can still get up close and personal with thousands of sea creatures when you visit the aquarium. Watch the otters glide through the water, touch a stingray, and stare a shark in the eye during their daily feedings.

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Savor the Taste

North Carolina’s coastal cuisine is unlike any other! With a deep sense of tradition, local fare, and coastal atmosphere, your taste buds will be taken to new heights. The Crystal Coast has one of the longest and most diverse fishing seasons on the Atlantic coast, so our visitors enjoy fresh seafood just about any time of the year. Blackened, fried, sautéed, or seared, our specialty seafood is fresh from the Atlantic and straight to the plate. Our area offers the finest Southern Coastal dining. Join us in October as we celebrate our seafood heritage at the Annual NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City.

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Cast Out

Good things come to those who bait! With the Gulf Stream pushing warm waters to our shores, the Crystal Coast enjoys year round fishing. Book a fishing charter and spend the day with a local crew to see what you can reel in. The most popular catches along our coast are mahi, blue and yellowfin tuna, red drum, cobia, sailfish, striped bass, false albacore, and wahoo. Catch a glimpse of the giants of the sea when you visit during the Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as some of the world’s pro fishermen weigh their daily catch on the Morehead City Waterfront.

Start A Tradition

There’s no better way to make memories on your Bluewater vacation than to start a new tradition. Whether it’s an annual family photo on the beach, a favorite restaurant you dine at, or an adventure you take together every year, traditions are the most meaningful part of family vacations. Now an "honorary local," Wendy Eastman shared her family tradition with us: “Aunt Wendy’s policy is as soon as we arrive, all children PLUS Aunty Wendy must venture down to the beach and jump in over the top of the waves fully dressed.” Come together and create a memorable tradition while you’re here with the people that matter most - your family!

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Beach Treasures WHAT TO FIND IN THE TIDE The beach at sunrise takes on a different personality. Quiet and peaceful sounds, beachcombers searching for the perfect shells, the warming sun shining on small traces of sea glass, and shells rolling in the surf are just waiting to be found. If you time the tide right, you can find beautiful shells and sea treasures. Spending the morning walking through the cool, wet sand and listening to the faint bird chirps through the roar of the ocean seems like a fantasy. For our lucky vacationers and our permanent residents that call our beaches home, this is part of their morning routine. Where are the best spots to hunt for shells? Collectors say that Hammocks Beach State Park and Cape Lookout National Seashore are two of the top shelling beaches in our area! If hitting the beach at low tide is not your style, you can visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort where they have over 1,000 seashells on display.

sea glass MERMAID TEARS

Sea Glass, also known as “Mermaid Tears,” is not as uncommon as you may think. Years ago, the locals’ trash, which mainly consisted of glass and clay jars, would be dumped off-shore into the ocean. After years of this glass churning on the ocean floor, breaking into small pieces allowing the waves and sand to smooth its jagged edges, the tide began to bring it ashore. These recycled pieces of treasure are collected and cherished by many! Today, you will find beach goers searching and gathering sea glass for keepsakes, art projects, and maybe even for bragging rights. The ocean turned this trash into well-polished, smooth sea glass!

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Along the beach at low tide The sandy shores of Beaufort Harkers Island Public Accesses Cape Lookout National Seashore Shackleford Banks

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SEE SHELLS BY THE SEASHORE? Sand Dollars

Venture out to Cape Lookout, or what locals call “Sand Dollar Island.” You may find some that are still living with a velvety brownish-green exterior and tiny legs underneath. Please make sure that you put those back. Only collect ones that are sun-bleached white.

Whelk Shells & Egg Cases You’ll find three varieties here: the Whelk, the Knobbed Whelk, Channel Whelk. Their egg cases spiral chains of pods and are a

Lightening and the are long, neat find!

Coquina Clams

These tiny shells can sometimes be found still paired! Try stirring up the sand in a tide pool and watch quietly. Many times you’ll find a live one and see it burrow itself back down into the sand. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can be very tiny. They are also known as “Angel’s Wings.”

Moon Snail

These shells are left behind by marine snails who feed on small clams. These shells are also called “shark eyes.” The Moon Snail shell measures 2 to 3.5 inches in diameter. Each shell has four to five whorls and a glossy gray color.

Banded Tulip

With a thin and smooth shape, this beauty is pearly gray with patches of olive green or tan. Some of these shells may have dark brown parallel bands.

Scotch Bonnet

This is an important find - it’s our state shell! Look for the trademark pattern and a curled outer edge.

Mole Crabs

Dig into the sand just at the waterline and you’re sure to find some of these guys. You can scoop up a handful of sand with one in it and watch them move quickly to hide. They move and burrow backwards into the sand! They make great bait for pompano and sheepshead.

Giant Tun

These shells are thin and white or light brown in color. These are extremely fragile and you will be lucky to find one of these rare shells intact.

Saw-Toothed Pen

This large, fan-shaped shell is a deep smoky brown color, thin, and fragile, like the Giant Tun. These shells are often brought to shore by winter storms.

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Beach vacations and seafood dinners are synonymous with each other. Make the most of your time by the sea and help support the local commercial fishermen with some swimmingly fresh seafood. Along the waterfront, you’ll find restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of coastal fare and serving local-caught seafood. Look out for the “Carteret Catch” sticker on their front door and you will know you are eating a local catch. Find local businesses that support our local commercial fishermen on Carteret Catch’s website: CARTERETCATCH.COM. Want to try your hand at our cuisine? Check out local seafood markets and roadside farmer’s markets to pick some homegrown produce and make some tasty memories. CLYDE PHILLIPS SEAFOOD MARKET | SWANSBORO CAP'N WILLIS SEAFOOD MARKET | EMERALD ISLE WILLIS SEAFOOD MARKET & JERRY PITTMAN SEAFOOD | SALTER PATH ATLANTIC BEACH SEAFOOD MARKET | ATLANTIC BEACH CAPT. JIM'S SEAFOOD & BLUE OCEAN MARKET | MOREHEAD CITY FISHTOWNE SEAFOOD & HOMER SMITH SEAFOOD | BEAUFORT SALTY CATCH SEAFOOD | BEAUFORT OR DELIVERY MR. BIG SEAFOOD | HARKERS ISLAND EA Look T LOCAL ensu for this lo re yo go to u locall y cau are eatin ght s g eafoo d!

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PUPPY DRUM STEW

FRIED GREEN TOMATO BLT WITH GARLIC AIOLI

Taste of the Coast FRIED GREEN TOMATO BLT WITH GARLIC AIOLI 1 green tomato 1 red tomato 3 strips of bacon 1/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup Panko pimento cheese 2 eggs 1/2 tbsp garlic powder pinch of cayenne pepper GARLIC AOLI 2 tbsp mayo 1/2 clove of garlic 1/8 tsp lemon juice salt and pepper to taste

1. Fry bacon until crispy (save grease). You

may need to add more oil to the grease to fry the tomatoes Prepare egg wash and mix cornmeal, Panko, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper Slice the green tomato, dredge through egg wash, and then through Panko Fry the green tomato in the leftover bacon grease until golden brown While tomatoes are frying, prepare the garlic aioli Toast your bread and spread the aioli & pimento cheese Add lettuce, red and green tomatoes, and bacon

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NAOMI’S CLAM CHOWDER

puppy drum fish 3 or 4 sweet potatoes 1 white potato butter eggs (optional) salt pepper

3 tbsp butter 2 small onions (diced finely) 2 celery stalks 3 tbsp flour 2 cups clam juice 2 cups chicken stock or broth 3 potatoes (peeled and diced small) 1/4 cup heavy cream 4 five oz cans minced and chopped clams (with juice) salt and pepper pinch of celery seeds, thyme, paprika, and ginger

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Filet and cut puppy drum into chunks & dice potatoes Add fish to the bottom of a large pot & add potatoes over fish Add 3 tbsp of butter & salt and pepper to taste Fill pot with water to cover just over the potatoes Do not mix - let the stew boil until potatoes are tender Now mix the stew by scooping from the bottom up While simmering, add eggs by slowly dropping the egg into the stew to poach them. Cook until egg is firm Remove from heat and serve with your favorite cornbread or hushpuppies

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1. Melt butter in large saucepan or pot &

add onions and celery. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Mix in flour and cook 3 minutes over low heat Pour in clam juice and chicken stock or broth with juice from clams. Add all seasoning and bring to a boil Stir in potatoes and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to medium and simmer Cook for 20-25 minutes uncovered and stir frequently Pour in heavy cream and add clams. Mix and cook over low heat for 4 minutes without allowing mixture to boil

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CHEESY SHRIMP AND GRITS

CHEESY SHRIMP AND GRITS GRITS 2 cups low fat milk 2 cups water 1 tsp Kosher salt 1 cup yellow cornmeal grits 2 tbsp salted butter 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese SHRIMP & SAUCE 4 slices bacon, chopped 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled & deveined 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1/2 red pepper, chopped up 2 cups spinach 2 cups chopped mushrooms 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp corn starch 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth 1 cup heavy cream 1 tbsp butter 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp hot sauce 1/2 tsp salt and pepper 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley PREPARE THE GRITS In a large pot over medium heat, add the milk, water and salt. Bring to a simmer. Whisk in the grits and continue whisking until they begin to thicken. Continue to cook the grits for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Stir in the butter and cheese. Cover and set aside.

PIG PICKIN’ CAKE PREPARE THE SHRIMP & SAUCE: In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined platter using a slotted spoon to drain. Return the skillet to the heat and add the shrimp to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and keep warm. Add the onions, red pepper, mushrooms, and spinach to the skillet and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the corn starch over the onions & garlic and cook for an additional minute. Whisk in the chicken stock and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Whisk in the cream, butter, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking until the sauce starts to thicken more. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, making sure not to overcook the shrimp. Stir in the bacon, green onions, and parsley. SERVE Spoon about 1 cup of grits onto a plate and top with 4-5 shrimp. Pour about 1 cup of sauce over the shrimp. Repeat with remaining grits and shrimp. Serve immediately.

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CAKE 4 eggs small can Mandarin oranges (drained) 3/4 cup oil yellow cake mix

1. Mix eggs with drained oranges and oil 2. Add cake mix following directions on box for mixing time 3. Pour into 2 prepared round pans and bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until done 4. Chill before icing ICING 16oz crushed pineapple 1 small box vanilla instant pudding 1/2 cup NC pecans 12oz cool whip

1. Drain pineapple and mix juice with pudding mix 2. Fold in cool whip and then add pineapple and pecans 3. Ice cake 4. May need to secure layers with toothpicks

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The Diamond Lady

& HER WILD PONIES

Climb 188 steps to heaven at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. There aren’t many places where you can enjoy the beach, get a little bit of exercise, and learn some coastal history all at once. Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of 56 miles of beautiful coastline stretching in barrier islands from Ocracoke to the Beaufort Inlet. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of 7 towering ladies that sprinkle the coast of North Carolina. Only 3 miles off the shore of Harkers Island, visitors can take a short trip or spend an entire day on the undeveloped barrier islands. If you are not vacationing with your boat, you can take a ferry over to the Daimond Lady. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for the Shackleford ponies on your ride over.

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These ponies have lived on the banks with no human interaction since the 16th century. They are actually called feral ponies because they are descendants of domesticated stock, rather than totally wild. The number of ponies on the island ranges from 105 to 130 to maintain a healthy population. There are legends of horses swimming ashore from shipwrecks 400 years ago along the coast. They are recognized as Colonial Spanish horses. The docile banker ponies are small in stature due to the limited nutrients in their diet. Ponies mostly eat grass and will dig into underground sources for fresh water.

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The herd will divide into roughly 25 separate harems (groups) and seven “bachelor” bands. The occasional blonde tufted horses offer one theory that some are also of Viking descent. Each horse is freeze-branded so they can be identified by the National Park Service. In the 1980s, a horse population boom resulted in a degraded habitat and unhealthy herds. Because of this, select female horses are given birth control to maintain a healthy population. They live on federal government land and are co-managed by Cape Lookout National Seashore & the non-profit Foundation for Shackleford Horses.


FERRIES TO SHACKLEFORD BANKS & CAPE LOOKOUT BEAUFORT Island Ferry Adventures (252) 728-4129 Lookout Cruises (252) 540-SAIL HARKERS ISLAND Harkers Island Fishing Center (252) 728-3907 Cape Point Marina & Ferry Service (252) 728-6181 Local Yokel Ferry and Tours (252) 725-2759

SOUTHERN LIVING'S 2019 BEST SOUTHERN SMALL TOWN Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, has been home to pirates, sailors, soliders, and fishermen and is one of our most treasured destinations. It offers a beautiful sandy shore as well as stunning waterfront views. You can watch the feral horses in their unspoiled habitat from the banks of Beaufort or board a ferry to visit the Rachel Carson Reserve and Carrot Island. If you have more time, take a ferry to Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout National Seashore to spend the day exploring these barrier islands.

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Morehead City THE PERFECT COASTAL TOWN Downtown Morehead City has an alluring waterfront appeal lined with charter boats, legendary seafood restaurants, and charming shops all overlooking Sugarloaf Island. Morehead City is a must-visit for any vacationer coming to the Crystal Coast. One of the biggest festivals held on the Crystal Coast, or North Carolina coast for that matter, is the NC Seafood Festival. This festival is held every year on the first weekend of October and offers so much for residents and tourists alike. The festival showcases some notso-traditional seafood such as conch fritters and redneck egg rolls. You won’t want to miss this delicious and wildly entertaining event! A golf tournament, fishing tournament, and boat show gets everyone to partake in the maritime tradition, but it’s the food that’s the real catch. From oysters cooked every which way to shrimp burgers and eastern-style clam chowder, you’ll find your favorite seafood there. With over five different parks in the town, you can take a picnic basket and frisbee to enjoy the afternoon or take your pet out to play catch. The area also hosts many other festivals and tournaments. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is held annually in early June with crowds gathering daily at the weigh station to see which boat will bring in the biggest blue. Endless activities await in the largest town in Carteret County. Go fishing on a charter boat or sit and watch the daily catch arrive at the dock. Absorb our coastal history at The History Place, a museum committed to preserving the culture of the Crystal Coast. Make your way into the many local shops and boutiques. You can even catch a Marlins home game at the Big Rock Stadium throughout the summer! Get social on the waterfront with live music most weekends or give your taste buds an adventure by sampling craft beer and aged cheeses. There’s something for everyone!

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Beach Brews Beer that’s LAGER than life

Here on the Crystal Coast, our beer connoisseurs have been brewing up ales, pilsners, stouts, and more! From Swansboro to Beaufort, you can experience the unique flavors of our locally crafted brews. Gather with family and friends, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the colorful assortment of locally brewed beers that meet the tastes of all. The variety of styles you will encounter along the coast use fresh, local ingredients that you will buzz about all the way home! On the Crystal Coast, you will find the most laid-back venues where you can wind down and relax. Sit with your favorite beach buddies at the bar around the brewing tanks with a pint or bring the family to some of our child-friendly taprooms. There’s a place that suits your vibe all along the coast!

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AB Bottle Co. Crystal Coast Brewing Co. The Growler Bar Idle Hour Biergarten

Goose Creek Growler Co. Emerald Isle Wine Market Carolina Wine Mixer Torpedo Lounge

Shortway Brewing Co. Bogue Sound Distillery Carolina Home & Garden

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Cedar Point

Mill Whistle Brewing Fishtowne Brew House

Tight Lines Pub Promiseland Market

Treehouse Beer Co. 34° North

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JALAPEÑO MARGARITAS

JALAPEÑO MARGARITAS 3/4 cup tequila 1/4 to 1/2 jalapeño pepper 1/4 cup Grand Marnier 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed OJ splash of sparkling water ice Pour tequila in a glass and add jalapeño slices for 15 minutes to infuse the tequila. Be careful - the longer you let them stand, the spicier they get! Once the tequila is infused, mix all ingredients together, add a few handfuls of ice and shake!

Welcome to Margaritaville!

PINEAPPLE WHITE SANGRIA

PINEAPPLE WHITE SANGRIA pineapple (cut in chunks) 1 bottle dry white wine 6 shots coconut rum 4 cups Sprite or 7UP 2 cups pineapple juice Pour white wine, coconut rum, and pineapple juice into a pitcher and stir. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour for best results. Before serving, add Sprite or 7UP and pineapple chunks. Stir and sip!

Bottoms Up!

BLOOD ORANGE CHAMPAGNE MULE

BLOOD ORANGE CHAMPAGNE MULE juice of 1/2 blood orange juice of 1/2 lime 8 mint leaves 2 oz ginger beer 1 oz vodka top with champagne

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OUR GUESTS RECALL THEIR FIRST VISIT TO THE CRYSTAL COAST

“After nearly 30 years going to North Myrtle Beach, I have returned to the Crystal Coast. My first visit to Atlantic Beach was nearly 75 years ago, so it’s like home. As a kid, we could not afford a hotel, but that didn’t stop two mothers who loaded up their sons, headed to Atlantic Beach, spent the night in the car, and provided us a day at the beach. They were two determined mothers.” -David Pittman

“My first time vacationing at Emerald Isle was in 1988 when I was 1 year old. We have vacationed at Emerald Isle every summer since then and I am now 31. I continued the tradition with my kids who are 12, 10, and 3. So many traditions and memories made. We absolutely love the Carolina coast - doesn’t get much better!” -Jessica Wilson

After traveling 12 hours from Southern Indiana, the Kelly family first visited the Crystal Coast in May 2018 when tagging along with in-laws to visit family. During their stay, they explored our coast and beaches, spending lots of time at the Point. The Kellys had ”such an amazing and relaxing vacation,” but realized “7 days was just not enough time and we will be returning again this year!” -The Kelly Family

“The first time I came to the beautiful coast was in 1973. When we started seeing the beautiful white, fluffy clouds, we were so excited. Loved hearing the ocean waves and seeing the beautiful sun rise up over the ocean is something I will never forget.” -Helen Snyder (252) 354-2323 | BluewaterNC.com

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WAYS TO HELP & TURTLE FACTS FILL WHERE YOU DIG

Digging in the sand is great fun, but be sure to fill in all of the holes when you are done. Mother turtles can get stuck or injured in them.

REMOVE BEACH ITEMS

Tents, toys, chairs, and other beach gear should not be left out overnight. They can be hazardous to mother turtles nesting and new hatchlings.

KEEP OUTSIDE LIGHTS OFF

Any lights on the oceanside should be kept to a minimum. They are a distraction to mother turtles and can keep hatchlings from reaching the water. Their instinct is to head toward the light, which should be the moon over the ocean. Lights can send them in the wrong direction.

PICK UP TRASH

Especially plastic bags, which the turtles think are jellyfish - one of their main food sources. It can make them sick!

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

If you happen to find a mother turtle nesting or a nest hatching, stay back at least 30 feet, turn off your flashlight, and avoid camera flashes. Turn off your cell phone ringer and stay very quiet.

RETURNING HOME

Sea turtles nest on the same beach they were born. They can live to be over 50 years old. Only about 1 in 1,000 babies will live to have hatchlings.

TURTLE VOLUNTEERS

We have a Sea Turtle Protection Program with over 100 volunteers that walk the Emerald Isle (12.5 mi) & Atlantic Beach (4.5 mi) shores early every morning searching for evidence of sea turtle nests.

SPOTTING A NEST

The nest sites are marked by flagged tape and a large yellow post with the nest number. Since these are an endangered species, the program is not permitted to advertise the nest locations.

HATCH TIME

Around the time of hatching, volunteers dig a trench 2 feet wide to help guide the baby sea turtles to the ocean. Please do not disturb these trenching areas. The baby loggerheads will come up from under the sand in groups going towards the brightest thing they see. At night, they are guided by the moon shining on the ocean.

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T H E I N T RACOASTA L

THREE THOUSAND MILES The Intracoastal

Waterway is one of the largest coastal transportation routes, spanning over three thousand miles.

FOURTEEN STATES The 3,000 mile waterway spans 14 states from Massachusetts to Texas! The Atlantic Waterway runs just over 1,000 miles from Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL.

SEVEN LIGHTHOUSES North Carolina has 7 lighthouses along the coast visible from the Intracoastal Waterway.

WHALE WATCHING Migrating whales can be seen off our coastline in December, January, March, and April as they travel between the Gulf of Maine and the Caribbean.

FLYING SOUTH Snowbirds love to cruise the

Intracoastal when traveling south for the winter to avoid the rougher waters of the open ocean.

On the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, you will find barrier islands, inlets, and channels running along our coast just waiting to be explored. These marshy waterways are frequently traveled by boat and kayaked by locals and visitors alike. Spend a day exploring some of North Carolina’s stretch of the waterway and you will find not only amazing views and barrier islands and channels, but also fantastic wildlife! One unexpected sight on our coast are whales! In December and early January, whales that can been seen off our coast are most likely heading for the Caribbean where the mothers give birth. In the spring, you have a chance to catch migrating whales as they head back to the Gulf of Maine. One of our most popular marine animals you will see are pods of dolphins cruising the coastline. They have been known to swim alongside boats and say hello if you are especially lucky! Along the barrier islands, like Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island, you may also see wild ponies. These horses have roamed the beaches for hundreds of years and are a beautiful sight to behold. In the marshy areas, you will find lots of marine birds like pelicans, gulls, herons, egrets, and perhaps even an oyster bed. Whether you cruise the waterway by boat or kayak, you’re sure to find the views and experience unforgettable.

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The Ultimate Crystal Coast Vacation Guide by Bluewater Vacation Rentals (2019)

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The Ultimate Crystal Coast Vacation Guide by Bluewater Vacation Rentals (2019)