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Atlantic The beach Beach at its best

The quintessential beach community, Atlantic Beach, expertly balances low-key, residential areas and bustling beachfront entertainment. Part of the Crystal Coast, this area is rich in beauty, history and activities to satisfy all ages. As one of the oldest towns on the Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach sprouted up from a beach pavilion built in the late 1800s to provide oceanfront entertainment for tourists staying across the sound in Morehead City. Over a century ago, Bogue Banks became home to one of the first bathing pavilions in order to accommodate guests of the New Morehead City Hotel who were accustomed to bathing in the ocean. Word spread, patrons flocked to the area, and the Atlantic Beach resort was formed. By the 1920s, and after several business deals, a new Atlantic Beach opened in an area known as the “Circle” on Bogue Banks. This new area boasted two bathhouses—one for men and one for women—and quickly prospered with the addition of a bridge that connected Atlantic Beach to the mainland. During the Great Depression, the Atlantic Beach property encountered several setbacks but was eventually held by the Manufacturers Bank and Trust Co. of New York. With the prospect of a thriving resort area in mind, the Atlantic Beach and Bridge Company was created to rebuild the resort and operate the toll bridge. In 1930, the beach and resort reopened for business. A year later, Newman Willis moved to Atlantic Beach with his wife and became the first permanent resident as well as the town’s first mayor. In just a few more short years, the area was marked out for streets, and property lots were sold. More structures followed as well as the construction of the boardwalk along the oceanfront. Today, the pavilion no longer exists, but the site on which it stood is now part of the Atlantic Beach Circle, a reference point for locals and visitors alike. Souvenir shops, a small boardwalk, restaurants and more keep the Circle a popular social spot for both teenagers and families.

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