Find Emerald Isle NC and Swansboro NC tourism information for the first time visitor or the seasoned vacationer right here. Emerald Isle NC and Swansboro NC are located just three miles apart but in two different coastal counties, Carteret and Onslow, Emerald Isle in the most western point in Carteret County and Swansboro at the most eastern point in Onslow County, they share the treasures of Bogue Sound, the White Oak River and the Atlantic Ocean all at their back doors, which makes for abundant fun.
With a host of activities to do both on water and land these two towns have become premier destinations for both the transient visitor coming by boat via the Intracoastal waterway and the land lubber by car, offering something for everyone from the camper to the condo owner to the oceanfront sand castle homes in Emerald Isle or waterfront in Swansboro.
Stroll the historic streets in downtown Swansboro and discover unique shops along with fine dining, waterfront docks to view the waterway, concerts in the Pavilion at Olde Towne Square, check out the downtown market or head over and walk along the pristine beaches of Emerald Isle and find a variety of sea shells, dolphins playing in the surf or take a stroll on Bogue Inlet Pier and see what they're catching while watching world class sunsets, this is a favorite family activity after dinner in one of the island's favorite dining destinations.
The Southern Outer Banks, also known as the Crystal Coast, spans 85 miles along North Carolina’s coast. The Crystal Coast includes the town of Emerald Isle, as well as nearby towns such as Morehead City, Swansboro, Beaufort, Cedar Point and more. There’s a reason this area is called the Crystal Coast; you’ll be amazed by the crystal clear water and clean beaches. It’s paradise when you vacation here!
Enjoy area activities such as kayaking, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, golf, jet skiing, visiting the state parks, walking on the beach, strolling the streets and window shopping in historic districts and more at the Crystal Coast of NC.
There are a variety of festivals that happen on the Crystal Coast such as the NC Seafood Festival, Swansboro Mullet Festival, Emerald Isle Saint Patrick's Festival, Beaufort Music Festival and more, all of these are family friendly and make for a good time for all, pack up the kids and check out some family fun.