Our Favorite Things to Do in Atlantic Beach, NC

When it comes to exploring the Crystal Coast, some towns are a must for any first-time visitors. These towns, like Beaufort, Morehead City, and Atlantic Beach, are excellent additions to any getaway to the coast. We’ve written about the first two already (you can read about them on our blog!), so it’s time that we shine the spotlight on the third. Learn some of our favorite things to do in Atlantic Beach, NC. Plus, get a sneak peek at the most gorgeous rental homes on the Crystal Coast!

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The Best Things to do in Atlantic Beach, NC

Enjoy a Day on the Water

Go Fish

fishing boatsWith a name like Fish Finder Charters, you can bet that this local company will assist you with catching a big one. With the help of Captain Joe Shute (who has over 30 years of experience fishing these waters), you’ll learn all about fly fishing in salt water. This full-service business provides all the bait, tackle, ice, rods, and reels that you’ll need. There’s a maximum of three guests per ride, and you can book for a half-day, three-quarters of a day, and a full day.

If you’d rather go fly fishing on your own, Captain Joe owns the Cape Lookout Fly Shop. It’s staffed by local anglers who have plenty of experience in fly-fishing these waters. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If bottom fishing is more your style, Reelax Fishing Charters is the way to go. They are one of the few companies that specialize in that specific kind of fishing. Reelax also offers shark fishing trips and dinner cruises.

Set Sail on Your Own

If you’d prefer to go sightseeing or want to head over to one of the nearby islands like Shackleford Banks on your own, rent a boat! Atlantic Beach Boat Rentals has a fleet of vessels that are safe, affordable, and perfect for families visiting the Crystal Coast. Send them a rental request to find out their rates and make arrangements! 

Visit the Atlantic Beach Boardwalk

A trip to Atlantic Beach isn’t complete without visiting the shore! Head to the boardwalk for some fun in the sun. First, we should make it clear that the town’s boardwalk isn’t similar to famous ones in bigger cities. The boardwalk here is a quiet strip of the street with a couple of quaint shops perched on either side. The “boardwalk” stretches from the Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant to the Idle Hour Biergarten. We encourage all of our guests who plan on visiting Atlantic Beach to spend a little time strolling along the sand. 

Visit Some Local Shops

Beachcombers Gifts and Home Accessories

This locally-owned shop is the perfect place to find a new piece of decor or fun souvenir to take back with you! Beachcombers Gifts & Home Accessories carry unique, handcrafted items from local artists and craftsmen as well as fun and colorful trinkets that will brighten up any room.

Beach Book Mart

One of our favorite things to do on the beach is crack open a new book and read! There’s something so relaxing about listening to the gentle waves and enjoying the warm sun while delving into a fascinating tale. If you need a new novel, head to Beach Book Mart. They have over 30,000 books and comics in their stock, so you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.

Bellmore Antiques

You never know what you’ll find at Bellmore Antiques! This eclectic shop offers a wide selection of second-hand pieces, from furniture to art. The staff is really friendly. Even if you’re not looking to take something home with you, it’s always a fun experience just browsing the shelves!

J Chalk Designs

Head to J Chalk Designs to find unique bracelets, pendants, rings, earrings, and other fine pieces of jewelry. Many of the items represent this area. You’ll find crashing waves, jumping dolphins, or tall lighthouses portrayed in twisted metal and gold. There’s no better way to remember your wonderful summer vacation to the Crystal Coast than by a stunning new item to wear.

Dine at an Atlantic Beach Restaurant

Crystal Coast Brewing Company

oystersA trip to Atlantic Beach isn’t complete without visiting the Crystal Coast Brewing Company! This craft brewery has 17 beers available in their taproom, plus some nitro brews. If this is your first time visiting, we suggest ordering a flight so you can try a range of beers. If you’re traveling with kids, Crystal Coast Brewing Company is an excellent stop for the whole family. They have games in the back, including ping-pong, shuffleboard, and video games, so the kids will be entertained while the grown-ups socialize. Plus, they’ve got weekly events, specials, and live music, so you might get to listen to some local talent during your time there.

Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant

This local favorite is all about serving up heaping portions of fresh seafood. Their menu includes classic American dishes as well as some options with a Mexican twist. If you’re searching for oysters or a blackened filet of fish, Two Dudes is a great place to start. There are even some kid-friendly options, as well as some light salads.

North Beach Fish Camp

If you want to enjoy a nice date night with your partner, head to North Beach Fish Camp. It’s a modern eatery with an elegant menu of seafood and classic Southern dishes. You can have bay scallops on the half-shell or mussels marinière. If you’re looking for something heartier, order the buttermilk pan-fried chicken. It’s served with all the classic side dishes you’ll find in any Southern kitchen: grits, collards, and gravy.

Southern Grounds

Southern Grounds combines all the best parts of a coffee shop and laid-back beach bar to create a completely unique Crystal Coast experience. The menu features breakfast dishes, like grits bowls or bagels, as well as sandwiches, tacos, tartines, and salads. Their drinks menu is equally enticing, with coffee, wine, and beer to sip.

Stay With Spinnaker’s Reach

If you’re planning a getaway with your family, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that you’re staying in a gorgeous location. Emerald Isle happens to be the perfect choice! You’re going to want to make sure that there’s plenty of fun attractions around. With all the great things to do in Atlantic Beach, NC, and the rest of the Crystal Coast, that’s easy. Finally, you need to book a vacation property that’s comfortable, spacious, comes with the best amenities. Spinnaker’s Reach has got you covered! We have the best selection of properties on the Crystal Coast.

Browse all of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.