While Durham is a wonderful place to live, sometimes you need a quiet break from the city. Luckily, there’s an excellent beach town that’s less than three hours away. Emerald Isle is home to some of the best beaches near Durham, NC. Even better, if you book your stay on Emerald Isle, you’ll have quick access to other great nearby beaches. Discover what you need to know before you visit, as well as where you can find the best selection of rental homes on the Crystal Coast!
Visit the Best Beaches Near Durham, NC
You shouldn’t be surprised if, after your first visit to Emerald Isle, you find yourself wanting to return year after year. It makes sense. Our quiet seaside town has all the necessary elements for an amazing family vacation. From miles of sandy shores to family-friendly attractions, you won’t have to search far for things to do in Emerald Isle. Plus, you’ll still be able to enjoy the quiet, tranquil atmosphere of a small town. When you visit, be sure to book a property from Spinnaker’s Reach to gain direct access to the stretch of beach along Coast Guard Road. It’s less crowded here, so you and your family can stretch out comfortably.
Hammocks Beach State Park
If you’re hoping to enjoy some kayaking or hiking during your stay with Spinnaker’s Reach, visit Hammocks Beach State Park! This site is only accessible by water, so you will either have to purchase a ticket to ride the ferry or kayak to one of the landings in the park. Once you arrive, you’re free to hike the gorgeous shoreline or paddle one of the three trails surrounding the island.
Fort Macon State Park
History buffs shouldn’t miss a chance to visit Fort Macon State Park. It is a nature reserve and historic site, all in one! The park includes a replica of the original Fort Macon, which served as protection to North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s also a gorgeous beach in the park, as well as a picnic area and great fishing opportunities year-round.
Stay with Spinnaker’s Reach
When you reserve a vacation rental from Spinnaker’s Reach, you can stay within view of one of the best beaches near Durham, NC.
Consider booking Emerald Dream, a spacious oceanfront home with a private pool. This seven-bedroom, five-bathroom property is ideal for trips with your extended family. There’s no need to sacrifice space or privacy when you stay in this stunning house. The ground level features a rec room with ping pong and pool tables. There’s also a bunk room, perfect for the kids, as well as another bedroom with a private bath.
The next floor houses the majority of the bedrooms. There are two suites, each with a queen-size bed and oceanfront views, as well as a room with two double beds. There’s a final master suite with a king-size bed on the next floor. Whether you’re relaxing on the oceanfront decks or taking a dip in the private pool, you’ll be glad you booked this private home. Best of all, it’s pet-friendly!