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B L U E WAT E R VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S GUEST GUIDE

A L L T H E D E TA I L S FO R YO U R S TAY W I T H B LU E WAT E R R ECO N N EC T. R E K I N D L E . RECHARGE .

Includes BEACH SAFET Y + RIP CURRENTS PUBLIC BE ACH + BOAT ACCE SSE S

E X P L O R I N G T H E C RY S TA L COA S T

KIDS COLORING CONTEST FR EE THINGS TO DO ON VAC ATION BLUE WATER PHOTO CONTE S T PARENT HACK S FOR THE BE ACH C APE LOOKOUT + FORT MACON RECIPES + BE ACH BREWS SURF + PIER FISHING

FUN IN THE SUN SINCE 1986

(252) 354-2323

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SAFET Y + RIP CURRENTS

COLORING CONTEST

SEASONS + LOCAL EVENTS FA M I LY + F R I E N D S

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OUR TOWNS

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BEACH PUPS

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PARENT BE ACH HACK S

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PHOTO CONTEST + INSPO

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FISHING + BOAT ACCE SSE S

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PROTECTING THE TURTLES

Be together. Reconnect. Rekindle. Recharge.

FUN IN THE SUN

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WATER SP ORT S

Find exciting things to do alone or together along the water.

RECIPES + BE ACH BREWS

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

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FO RT M ACO N S TAT E PA R K FINDING YOUR PEACE OF MIND

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BEACH BUYER SEMINAR

Our island has missed you. Welcome back to the Crystal Coast.


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Begins at 3:00PM Year-Round

Promptly at 10:00AM Year-Round

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

Contact Bluewater GIVE US A CALL Reservations (252) 354-2323

Reservations

(252) 429-5447

Maintenance

Maintenance

(252) 429-5441

(252) 354-6128

Housekeeping (252) 354-6130

Housekeeping (252)429-5464

Linen Service

Linen Service (252) 429-5494

(252) 646-1723

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

SHOOT US A TEX T

These numbers only accept texts

O F F I CE LO C AT I O N S EMERALD ISLE OFFICE

ATLANTIC BEACH OFFICE

200 Mangrove Drive (252) 354-2323

407 Atlantic Beach Cswy 6D (252) 247-9200

After-hours arrivals: Keys will be in the lock box.

After-hours arrivals: Keys will be in the lock box

After-hours departures: Use the drop slot at 200 Mangrove Dr.

After-hours departures: Use the drop slot at 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy 6D.

A F T E R H O U R S H E L P C A L L (252) 354-2323 Follow the menu prompts to reach our after-hours emergency service for all rental departments including our housekeeping, maintenance, and linen teams.

Just In Case

VETERINARY SERVICES

MEDICAL SERVICES

Brigadoon Animal Hospital (252) 393-6581 1074 Cedar Point Boulevard Cedar Point

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

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

Beach Care Urgent Center (252) 808-3696 5059 Highway 70 West Morehead City

Pet Docks Veterinary Hospital (252) 240-3885 5307 Highway 70 West Morehead City

Med First Urgent Care (252) 354-6500 7901 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle

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

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

NON EMERGENCY Emerald Isle Police (252) 354-2021 Indian Beach Police (252) 247-6700 Salter Path Police (252) 247-6700 Pine Knoll Shores Police (252) 247-2474 Atlantic Beach Police (252) 726-2523

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


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 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 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 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.

Red Sky Travel Insurance www.TripPreserver.com (866) 889-2070

Internet

Questions Places to find your WiFi Network & Password Read the 2 pre-arrival emails you received a few days before check-in Log in to the Bluewater App/Portal, View Details, and locate “Wifi Network and Password” Check the sticker on the bottom or side of the router located at the vacation rental for the network and password Check the refrigerator or your key packet

Connect your Phone & Tablet Look for the strongest WiFi signal. Our team will need this to troubleshoot Look for our guest network BluewaterNC-Guest and use the password bluewater2323 during your vacation Call our Maintenance Team at (252) 354-6128 if you are still unable to connect to WiFi Check the refrigerator or your key packet

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while you are here

& before you go

Keyless Vacation Rentals

Internet Services

Many of our vacation rental properties have Keyless Entry. This allows you to bypass the normal check-in 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 7171 and press the star or check mark on the lock to tell us that you’ve checked out.

Your WiFi 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 WiFi information may be found on the refrigerator magnet or 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

Trash & Recycling

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.

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.

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

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

Heating & Cooling 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. 4

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Trash & Recycling Days EMERALD ISLE

ATLANTIC BEACH

Monday & Friday Oceanside of Emerald Dr. 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


Locked Out? 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.

Refrigerator 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 CHECK-OUT 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 professional treatment. Please help control insects by keeping all foods sealed, dishes rinsed, and by emptying trash cans.

Lost & 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.

Check-Out Duties 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. Please note that you will be charged if any of the above items are not returned to us upon your departure. Occupancy of the property including driveways, parking areas, decks, pools, or outside showers is not permitted after 10:00AM check-out. Text housekeeping with questions at (252) 429-4564

Check-Out Checklist

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 (25 2) 35 4 - 2 3 2 3 | B L U E WAT E R N C . C OM

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beach gear rentals Forgot something? We've got you covered! Call and add it to your reservation! Standard Delivery & Pickup is FREE! Express Beach Gear Delivery is $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 TO ADD GEAR TO YOUR STAY

mid stay clean & 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? To add these services for a minimal charge, call or text us! Please Note: Mid stay services are offered Monday through Friday, no weekends.

CALL (252) 354-6130 OR TEXT (252) 429-5464 TO ADD THESE SERVICES TO YOUR STAY

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rental items 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

above and beyond Mid Stay Clean Includes

Tidy & Towel Bundle

Vacuum, Sanitize, Remake Beds, & Much More

Mid-stay Clean Plus Fresh Towels


water safety Rip Current Safety 1. DO NOT PANIC! Remaining calm is your best chance for survival. 2. Relax and swim PARALLEL to the shoreline. Rip currents don’t take you under, they take you out. Most are only about 50 meters wide. If you swim parallel to the shoreline, you will eventually swim out of the rip current and can then swim to shore. 3. DON’T EXHAUST YOURSELF! If you feel yourself getting tired, float on your back or tread water, then wave and yell for help.

Never Swim Alone I F I N D O U B T, D O N ' T G O O U T ! CHECK THE FLAGS FOR CURRENT CONDITIONS and understand the meaning of the colors before you hit the beach. USE COMMON SENSE AND TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Check beach conditions before you go out and if the water looks rough, don’t go in. OBEY THE WARNING FLAGS even if you are an Olympic-class swimmer! When lifeguards and the town have to stop to address the dangers you are putting yourself in, you are taking their attention away from someone that may need help. NEVER ALLOW ANY CHILD TO GO IN THE WATER UNATTENDED! If you are more than a foot away, you are too far from a child. Ocean currents can be extremely strong and can sweep adults off their feet in knee deep water. Children should always be in a Coast Guard Approved flotation device when in the ocean or playing in the surf. DON’T ASSUME THAT CALM WATER IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO SWIM. The area where you don’t see waves breaking is usually where a rip current is located. If you are unsure about the conditions, ask someone! Do not assume that your swimming skill level is enough to get through a rip current. NEVER SWIM ALONE! Always swim with a friend and a flotation device. (25 2) 35 4 - 2 3 2 3 | B L U E WAT E R N C . C OM

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COMMONLY VIOLATED TOWN ORDINANCES: 1. STAY OFF THE SAND DUNES! 2. Public nudity is PROHIBITED. 3. Dogs are required to be on a leash AT ALL TIMES, even when in the water. 4. The collection and disposal of pet feces is MANDATORY. 5. Burying pet feces in the sand isEmerald PROHIBITED. Isle Police 6. Camping on the beach is PROHIBITED. Department 7. Burning and cooking fires are PROHIBITED. BEACH RULES REGULATIONS 8. If you dig a hole, it MUST be filled in priorAND to departing the beach. 9. Fireworks that fly, spin or explode are illegal in North Carolina and PROHIBITED. 10. Spirituous liquor or COMMONLY fortified wineVIOLATED on the beach strand is PROHIBITED. TOWN ORDINANCES: 11. STAY Littering PROHIBITED. 1. OFFisTHE SAND DUNES! 12. fromisthe pier is PROHIBITED. 2. Jumping Public nudity PROHIBITED. 13. Dogs Leaving equipment overnight PROHIBITED. 3. arebeach required to be onunattended a leash AT ALL TIMES,iseven when in the water. of theseand ordinances canofcarry a penalty involving fines ranging between $50 and $500, 4. Violation The collection disposal pet feces is MANDATORY. court appearances or arrest. 5. Burying pet feces in the mandatory sand is PROHIBITED. 6. Camping on the beach is PROHIBITED. 7. Burning and cooking fires are PROHIBITED. 8. If you dig a hole, it MUST beBEACH filled in prior to departing beach. RULES AND the REGULATIONS 9. Fireworks that fly, spin or explode are illegal in North Carolina and PROHIBITED. 10. Spirituous liquor or fortified wine on the beach strand is PROHIBITED. YELLOW FLAGS indicate moderate hazards and that some rip 11. Littering is PROHIBITED.COMMONLY VIOLATED TOWN ORDINANCES: current activity is expected. You should use caution if entering 1. OFF THE Emerald Isle Police 12. STAY Jumping from theSAND pierthe isDUNES! PROHIBITED. water. 13. Leaving beach equipment unattended overnight is PROHIBITED. 2. Public nudity is PROHIBITED. Department

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Warning Flag System

EMERALD ISLE Eastern Regional Access $ 2701 Emerald Drive Bathhouse, grills, picnic pavilion Western Regional Access $ 101 Islander Drive Bathhouse, grills, volleyball, picnic pavilion

PINE KNOLL SHORES Iron Steamer Regional Access $

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Oaks and currents are likely to be stronger and activity more frequent. It Drive, Bluewater Drive, Seagull Drive, Western Regional Access, REDrip FLAGS indicate dangerous rip current is expected Eastern Regional Access, and 3rd Street Park. is recommended that you stay out of the water. and DOUBLE rip currents RED are likely to be stronger and more frequent. It FLAGS indicate the ocean is closed for DOUBLE RED FLAGS indicate theofocean is closed for SALTER PATH & INDIAN BEACH Indian Beach Vehicle Access and is recommended that you stay out the water. swimming and you can be fined or arrested for entering the YELLOW hazardsforand that some rip swimmingFLAGS andRED youindicate can be moderate fined or arrested entering the COMBINED & YELLOW FLAGS Iron Steamer Regional Access. water. current activity is expected. You should use caution if entering water. DOUBLE RED FLAGS indicate the ocean is closed for the water. Indicates theRED presence a fined lifeguard. swimming and you canofbe or entering ATLANTIC BEACH “Circle” Regional Access, New Bern Street, Tom Doe DOUBLE FLAGS indicate thearrested ocean isfor closed for the water. Regional Access. swimming and you can be fined or arrested for entering the RED water.FLAGS indicate dangerous rip current activity is expected PURPLE FLAGS indicate anbeabundance of potentially and rip currents are likely to stronger and more frequent. It PURPLE FLAGS indicate an abundance of potentially PURPLE FLAGS hazardous marinethat lifeyou in the vicinity, is recommended stay out of including the water.Portuguese manhazardous marine life in the vicinity, including Portuguese mano-war, jellyfish, and other creatures. PURPLE FLAGS indicate an abundance of potentially EMERALD ISLE Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00AM until 5:00PM Indicate an abundance of potentially hazardous o-war, jellyfish, and other creatures. during the summer. They are located at the Western and Eastern Regional hazardous marine indicate life in theanvicinity, including Portuguese manPURPLE FLAGS abundance of potentially Beach Accesses. Additional lifeguards patrol the beach between the two marine life in the vicinity, including Portuguese o-war, jellyfish, and other creatures. DOUBLE FLAGS the ocean is closed for hazardousRED marine life inindicate the vicinity, including Portuguese manaccesses. swimming and you beother fined creatures. or arrested for man-o-war, jellyfish, and Theentering the o-war, jellyfish, andcan other creatures. water. town will fly these flags as needed in specific ATLANTIC BEACH Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00AM until 6:00PM locations. during the summer at the “Circle”. Lifeguards are on duty at Fort Macon State Park from 10:00AM to 5:45PM Memorial to Labor Day.

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kids coloring contest

CHILD'S NAME: CHILD'S AGE:

Bring your completed page to one of our Welcome Desks and pick an instant prize to be entered to win our monthly drawing. You may also send it via Facebook messenger or email us at marketing@bluewaternc.com

PARENT/GUARDIAN PHONE #: DROP- OFF LO C ATIONS

PARENT/GUARDIAN EMAIL: CHILD'S ADDRESS:

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seasons & events MARCH

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

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

M AY MCAS Cherry Point Air Show Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show Crystal Coast Boat Show Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Fireworks Morehead City Marlins Baseball Begins Beaufort Music Festival Atlantic Beach Music Festival Crystal Kai SUP Cup Bike the Banks TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

70°F | AVER AGE LOW: 55°F

WATER TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

7 1°F | AVER AGE LOW: 65°F

TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

85°F | AVER AGE LOW: 73°F

WATER TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

83°F | AVER AGE LOW: 80°F

JUNE Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour Kayak for the Warriors Bogue Banks Kite boarding Festival Alive at 5 Outdoor Concerts

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Emerald Isle Bike Ride Independence Day Celebrations Buddy Peletier Memorial Surf Contest Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament Story Telling Festival Movie Night in Atlantic Beach Barta Boys & Girls Billfish Tournament Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium Shark Week

AUGUST National Night Out O.W.L.S. Sandcastle Contest Beaufort Pirate Invasion Crystal Coast County Fair Rachel Carson Reserve Field Trips Chamber of Commerce Reverse Drawing Summer Taste of Core Sound


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SEPTEMBER Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Crystal Coast Grand Prix Beaufort Brewin’ Beer Festival Atlantic Beach Saltwater Classic Emerald Isle Day-4-Kids Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament Coastal Cuisine & Craft Beer Festival Beer, Bubbles and BBQ Festival

OCTOBER N.C. Seafood Festival Swansboro Mullet Festival Calcutta Wahoo Challenge Carolina Kite Festival Emerald Isle Triathlon Gordy McAdams Tournament N.C. Festival By The Sea Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat Trunk or Treat at the Aquarium

NOVEMBER Emerald Isle Holiday Parade Emerald Isle Tree Lighting & Flotilla Swansboro Flotilla Beaufort Wine & Food Oyster Roast Crystal Coast Oyster Festival Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament Shop, Savor and Sip Fashion Show

TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH: AVER AGE HIGH:

TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

73°F | AVER AGE LOW: 58°F

WATER TEMPER ATUR E AVER AGE HIGH:

57 °F | AVER AGE LOW: 40°F

WATER TEMPER ATUR E

7 7 °F | AVER AGE LOW: 73°F

fall

66°F | AVER AGE LOW: 61°F

DECEMBER Morehead City Christmas Festival Crystal Coast Flotilla Festival of Trees Breakfast with Santa Holiday Arts Fair Emerald Isle Santa and a Movie Historic Beaufort Holiday Art Walk Beaufort Claus Pub Crawl Core Sound Decoy Festival Beaufort Candlelight Tour New Year’s Eve Pirate Drop in Beaufort Morehead City New Year’s Crab Pot Drop JANUARY First Day Hike Penguin Plunge New Year’s Crab Pot Drop Beaufort’s Clam Chowder Cook-Off FEBRUARY Carolina Chocolate Festival Art from the Heart Show Hope Missions Empty Bowls Winter Taste of Core Sound Mardi Gras on Middle Lane in Beaufort (25 2) 35 4 - 2 3 2 3 | B L U E WAT E R N C . C OM

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ways to save throughout the year on your beach vacation 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 nonrefundable fee charged at the time of booking to any advance reservation made past your first complementary reservation.

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L AYAWAY PL A N

E A R LY B I R D

Book with our interest-free layaway plan and break your new reservation into 3 or 6 payments! Book early to maximize your savings!

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.

M IL I TA RY S AV IN G S

L A ST MINUTE 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.

Save up to 20% when you book less than 14 days in advance. Check for reduced rental rates online at BluewaterNC.com

PE T S S TAY F R EE

H O L IDAY G E TAWAY S

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

Throughout the year, long holiday weekends are a popular guest request. When available, we offer a 4th night free when you book 3 nights. This is eligible on participating homes when the promotion is live.

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meet our

Towns SWANSBORO

The "Friendly City by the Sea" is most known for its historic downtown district overlooking the water. The quaint village atmosphere and historic downtown area offers shopping in an area alive with restaurants and boutiques. Swansboro hosts the Arts by the Sea Festival, SwanFest, Mullet Festival and annual fishing tournaments. EMERALD ISLE

Named one of the “Best Family Beaches” in the US, outdoorsy locals are in heaven with activities this town has to offer. Miles of walking, jogging and bike paths and nature trails allow you to enjoy this pristine natural environment. You can spot white tailed deer throughout the island. The Point is a must to watch the absolutely breathtaking sunsets on our coast! S A LT E R PAT H & I N D I A N B E AC H

Known for its history as an old fishing village, Salter Path and Indian Beach are centrally located on the island allowing for easy access to the restaurants and shopping neighboring towns. These two quiet towns boast exceptional beaches and soundside accesses. PINE KNOLL SHORES

Home of the 265-acre Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area, Pine Knoll Shores is a unique gem of Bogue Banks. 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 and lush overhanging trees offer a one-ofa-kind walk above tidal marshes where marine creatures live and the shore birds wade.

ATL A NTIC BE ACH

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, the town is full of restaurants, shopping spots, public parks, a boardwalk, splash pad, skate park and beach accesses that will draw you into their crystal shores. 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! Morehead City is also home of the NC Seafood Festival which is held every year on the first weekend in October! 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. DOWN EAST

Down East is comprised of a few coastal communities located east of Beaufort. Known for their slow-paced living and thriving commercial fishing industries, it’s safe to say that many of the people living here spend more time on water than on land. The scenic byway of U.S. Route 70 is a great way to appreciate the unique coastal ecosystem of this area. The annual Core Sound Decoy Festival draws in people throughout the coast to celebrate the heritage of hand-crafted duck decoys.

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Beach Pups YOUR PUP ON THE BE ACH Dogs must be leashed at all times Dogs are allowed on the beach all day, every day, year-round Clean up after your dog Pets are only allowed in pet-friendly homes

PL ACES TO GO Hop on a ferry and explore the barrier islands, Cape Lookout, or Shackleford Banks PAWS Bark Park in Morehead City Explore the bike path in Emerald Isle Enjoy a cup of coffee, a drink, or dinner on an outdoor patio. Several local restaurants and coffee shops welcome furry patrons!

PA R K S & TR A IL S Emerald Isle Park Trail Fort Macon State Park Hammocks Beach State Park PAWS Bark Park

CO O L T R E AT S PB & B POPS Blend 1 banana, 32 oz. yogurt, and 2 tablespoons peanut butter. Freeze overnight in paper cups with a milkbone “handle” in the center of the cup.

WATERMELON BITES

pets stay free

Blend 2 cups seedless watermelon and 1 cup coconut milk and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight.

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modern coastal living

Village West is a thoughtfully designed community space that is developed with the natural beauty of Emerald Isle in mind. This sophisticated neighborhood is the perfect combination of coastal living with all the modern luxuries. Enjoy laidback coastal fare, locally owned boutiques, and a boardwalk that will take you straight to the beach. These modern condos will be the perfect home or investment opportunity for you and your family for years to come. Enjoy ocean views and a community pool with shopping & dining right in your backyard.

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Hacks

Here are some must-have parenting hacks from locals with beach babies that will make your life much easier! 01

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BABY POWDER

Lather them up! This will easily remove sand and those itty bitty shells from their little hands & feet. SPR AY SUNS CR EEN

This is an absolute must when spending a day beneath the rays. The hack is to apply BEFORE you hit the beach to avoid the sand. Also, spraying it on is so much easier! BLOW-UP POOL

This keeps the babies corralled and cool - a life saver if you have multiples to keep up with! Allow them to enjoy the beach and splash around in the salt water without worrying about waves and riptides.

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PUDDLE JUMPER

Little ones like to wiggle their toes in water. Keep a hand on them so they don't lose their balance. Waves withdrawing back can be unpredictable. BE ACH C ART OR WAGON

Avoid multiple trips and maximize your time in the sand with one of these! If you have to run after a little one, you don't have to drop everything. MESH L AUNDRY BAG

At the end of the day, throw all their plastic beach toys in and rinse them off in the ocean, with a hose, or in the outdoor shower. This will save your back and your time.


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Sunrise & sunset photos are instant crowd-pleasers. Take candid shots inside your vacation rental. Go to The Point for amazing beach shots! Explore Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach. The more dog photos on the beach, the better. Go to Emerald Forest Park for photos of the sound. Photograph special moments of your family. Take a selfie at the Downtown Morehead City mural. Morning coffee on the beach calls for a quick snap. Babies laughing on the beach - yes, please! Reel in a fish? Pull out your camera!

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Hook, Line & Sinker SURF & PIER FISHING

DEEP SEA FISHING

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

BLUE MARLIN March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

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

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

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

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

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

YELLOWFIN TUNA February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

SPANISH MACKEREL May, June, July, August, September

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

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

SPANISH MACKEREL May, June, July, August, September, October, November

BLUEFISH March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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SEA BASS June, July, August, September, October, November, December BLACKFIN TUNA May, June, July, August, September, October, November


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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 (NCCRFL). Some licensed piers, such as the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Oceana Pier, require you to purchase a private pass to use their facilities. This pass may also act as your NC-CRFL

HOW TO GET YOUR LICENSE OCEAN POINT OF VIEW

ONLINE: www.ncwildlife.org EMERALD ISLE: The Reel Outdoors, K&V Grocery ATLANTIC BEACH: Freeman's Bait & Tackle, Chasin' Tails Outdoors SWANSBORO: Walmart MOREHEAD CITY: DMF Headquarters (Division of Fisheries), Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart

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) 114 Cedar Point Boulevard Beaufort (Taylor's Creek) 2370 Lennoxville Road Harkers Island 1604 Harkers Island Road

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6 ways to save

the sea turtles 01

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FILL IN HOLES - Be sure to fill in holes and knock down sandcastles before you leave the beach. Turtles can get stuck or injured in them while laying their eggs or heading out to sea. REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC USE - Carry reusable water bottles and avoid straws to reduce plastics on the beach. If you bring plastics to the beach, make sure you recycle them accordingly.

PICK UP TRASH - Before you leave the beach, sweep the beach for anything that might have been left behind by you or your neighbor. Be on the lookout for plastic bags, which the turtles think are jellyfish - one of their main food sources. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE - If you happen to find a nest or a mother turtle nesting, stay back at least 30 feet. Do not disturb nesting turtles, nests, or the baby hatchlings.

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KEEP OUTDOOR LIGHTS OFF - Any lights on the oceanside should be kept to a minimum. They distract turtles and keep hatchlings from reaching the sea. Their instinct is to head towards light, which needs be the moon over the ocean and not in the wrong direction.

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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.


explore

the sea

Need some adventure or a new challenge? Here are six new things to try on your Crystal Coast vacation! S TA ND UP PA D D L E B OA R D ON T HE S O UND

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DIVING

The North Carolina Coast has over 2,000 shipwrecks for divers to enjoy. Explore the underwater world of The Crystal Coast. S TA N D U P PA D D L E B OA R D IN G

Exploring the sound on a stand up paddle board is a must. See the Intracoastal Waterway from a whole new perspective! SKIM BOARDING

This thin board allows you to glide over the shallow water and impress your friends.

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Explore the shoreline in a kayak! Take in the views and try out this watersport that's great for everyone! SURFING

This popular pastime is challenging, but very rewarding. Get lessons or just admire the local professionals! PAR A SAILING

Are you the daredevil of the family? Then this is for you! Fly with the birds and get an awesome view of the whole island!

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Taste Sustainably fished local seafood prepared with a modern flair. American prime Angus beef, aged up to 36 days in-house for maximum flavour.

& Sea Dine in elegance as the sun sets over beautiful Emerald Isle. Enjoy specialty crafted cocktails and soundside views from the rooftop Torpedo Lounge.

Wednesday

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Friday

Wine-down Wednesday ½ price on select bottles of wine

$3 draft beers - Representing our state with all NC breweries

$8 craft cocktails

caribsearestaurant.com • 252.424.8400 • 8921 Crew Drive • Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594

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Water Bug Tours 45-60 Minute Narrated Cruise WILD HORSES • DOLPHINS • PRIVATE CHARTERS

Beaufort, NC

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Easy bites from the Crystal Coast Carolina Seafood Boil

Atlantic Beach Pie

Best with fresh, local seafood and served al fresco

From Our State Magazine and Chef Bill Smith Photo By James Ransom

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

• baby red potatoes • 2-3 live crabs per person (or crab legs) • corn on the cob, shucked and halved • 1/4 lb kielbasa per person, cut into 2 inch pieces • 1/3 lb fresh shrimp per person, peeled and deveined

• 1 lemon, quartered • 1 stick salted butter • 12 oz beer • 2 tbsp salt • 3/4 cup old bay seasoning • crab crackers, butter and cocktail sauce as extras

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a large stock pot half full with water and add beer, lemon, salt and Old Bay Seasoning and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, crabs and butter. Cook 8 minutes, then add kielbasa. Cook 5 minutes, then add corn. Cook 7 minutes, then add shrimp. Cook 4 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink. Drain cooking liquid and turn the pot out onto a table covered with newspaper or onto a large serving platter.

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• 1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers • 1/3 to 1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter • 3 tbsp sugar • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

• 4 egg yolks • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice, or mixed • whipped cream and sea salt for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Crush the crackers finely, but not to dust. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust colors a little. While the crust is cooling (it doesn’t need to be cold), beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice until thoroughly combined. Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.


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B E AU F O RT

CAPE CARTERET

ab bottle co. crystal coast brewing co. the growler bar idle hour biergarten

mill whistle brewing fishtowne brew house

beer den at lowes food

C E DA R P O I N T

EMERALD ISLE

MOREHEAD CITY

treehouse beer co. 34° north

goose creek growler co. emerald isle wine market carolina wine mixer torpedo lounge

tight lines pub promiseland market

NEWPORT

S A LT E R PA T H

S WA N S B O R O

shortway brewing co. bogue sound distillery carolina home & garden

anchor drafthouse

bake bottle and brew

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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Explore

Cape Lookout Craving some adventure on your Crystal Coast Vacation? Look no further! Cape Lookout Lighthouse has everything you need for a perfect day. This 163-foot lighthouse stands out on the North Carolina coast for its striking beauty. The checkered design and scenic location make it a perfect place for a little excursion. The “Diamond Lady� was built in 1859 and cost only $45,000. It was later painted black and white in 1873, which is how it remains today. The lighthouse is included in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. You can only reach it by a ferry or boat. Visitors are also allowed to climb the 207 steps to see the most beautiful view of the island. Not only does Cape Lookout Seashore have a stunning lighthouse, but it is also home to the horse of Shackleford Banks!

This southernmost barrier island in Cape Lookout has more than 100 wild ponies grazing and enjoying the island themselves. Being one of the only places you can see wild horses on the east coast, the Shackleford Ponies get quite a good bit of attention from visitors. These horses were brought to North America by European explorers, they are descendents of Spanish horses, research shows. Our state strives to keep these horses, safe, happy, and most importantly, wild. They are protected from storms in the maritime forest this coastline provides. The Shackleford Banks is accessible by ferry, or boat. We recommend bringing your camera to take some amazing photos of these wild ponies. This is truly a must see when you're visiting the Crystal Coast.

The Diamond Lady B U I LT

LOC ATION

Original lighthouse was built in 1812, the current lighthouse was est. 1859

Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina

HEIGHT

NUMBER OF STEPS

163 feet

A total of 207, roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building

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FORT M ACON S TAT E PA R K

Visit beautiful places. Learn new things. Make memories. Explore our Coast. Want to see some history on your vacation to the Crystal Coast? Fort Macon is the perfect place to bring the family. This Fort was transformed into a park in 1936, and swiftly became one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina. Built completely of brick and stone, this Fort is truly breathtaking. Blackbeard and other famous pirates were known to pass through the inlet and along the outskirts of the fort. Plenty of sunken ships surround the coastline of the fort. It was also captured by the Spanish and the British in the 1700s. The Battle of Fort Macon was the most historic event to take place at the fort in 1862, during the Civil War. This once active fort and now state park brings in over a million visitors each year! Fort Macon brings the history buffs and the beach lovers together in harmony. Walking through the old fort puts into perspecitive just how important this coastline was. Walk the trails of the park along the beach to get breathtaking views of the ocean and the sound. Enjoy fishing, swimming, and the sunshine from this beautiful state park. This undisturbed part of the island truly harvests the beauty this coastline brings to North Carolina. The park is open year-round and is free of charge to all visitors. Fort Macon State Park offers tours, educational videos, a gift shop, and a wildlife museum. This is truly the perfect place to spend a day during your vacation to The Crystal Coast.

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family friendly

freebies

To help you plan a fun family outing, we put together a few of our favorite budget friendly activities everyone can enjoy!

100+ FREE THINGS TO DO ON OUR WEBSITE

EMERALD ISLE

FORT MACON STATE PARK Hiking & Bike Trails Exhibit & Fort Tours Musket Demonstrations Fishing & Picnicking

Check out the local catch on the Bogue Inlet Pier Walk out on the Point Feed the turtles behind Rucker Johns Ride bikes along the bike path

ATLANTIC BEACH PARK

BEACH ACTIVITIES

Splash Pad

Look for the biggest sea shell at low tide

Putt-Putt

Interact with marine life in tidal pools

Skate Park for bikes & skateboards

Watch seagulls as they float on the ocean breeze

Large playset, swingset, merry-go-round & basketball

Picnicking in your favorite spot

Fishing in the surf or sound

There are tons of attractions, activities, and events that your family can enjoy without spending much. 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.

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