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Your Guide to the Best Time to Visit Emerald Isle, NC


Emerald Isle is a fantastic vacation destination year-round! From the warm summers to the mild winters, there’s no bad time to visit. However, when is the best time to vacation in Emerald Isle, NC? It really depends on why you’re coming. Get the inside scoop on staying the Crystal Coast, from season to season!

Don’t forget about all the great annual events in the area when you’re determining the best time to visit Emerald Isle, NC! Download our free Vacation Guide to get an easy-to-read list of the best annual festivals on the Crystal Coast.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Emerald Isle, NC?

Emerald Isle in the Summer

Summer is, without a doubt, the most popular time to visit Emerald Isle. The weather is perfectly warm, all the shops are open for business, and there are plenty of fun Emerald Isle events to attend! Check out the Crystal Coast Music Festival, or the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival during your stay. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of watersports during the summer, from kayaking to paddleboarding. This time of year is ideal for families with young children who don’t want to take extra time off for vacation during the school year.

Emerald Isle in the Fall

While we love our beautiful town all year-round, there’s just something so wonderful about Emerald Isle during the autumn months. October brings three of the most popular festivals in the area: the N.C. Seafood Festival, the Emerald Isle Flavor Festival, and the nearby Swansboro Mullet Festival. There are also plenty of fun things to do in North Carolina in November, like the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade! The fall is the off-season for Emerald Isle, so you’ll get to enjoy a little more privacy and quiet during your vacation.

Emerald Isle in the Winter

Do you need a place to escape from the bitter cold? Come to Emerald Isle in the winter! Our beautiful town is the perfect place to have your Christmas vacation in North Carolina. While you may feel a brisk wind coming off of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather tends to stay in the 50s. If you’re planning on visiting over New Year’s, be sure to check out the Crystal Coast Countdown. This famous multi-jurisdictional celebration is always a fantastic time. Discover for yourself why Emerald Isle is one of the best North Carolina beaches in winter!

Emerald Isle in the Spring

During the spring, Emerald Isle starts to warm up and welcome visitors to its shores. One of the best celebrations during the spring is the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which features arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, and other great family-friendly fun. The Emerald Isle Marathon is another popular event in town, bringing runners from all over to our beautiful beaches. A spring vacation to Emerald Isle is ideal for someone hoping to visit before the annual crowds come in.

Stay With Spinnaker’s Reach

If you ask us, the best time to visit Emerald Isle, NC, is right now! Book a home from Spinnaker’s Reach to start planning your trip to the Crystal Coast. We have the best selection of properties on the island, from luxurious homes to cozy duplexes.

Consider staying in Bermuda Breeze, our stunning ocean-side home located just a three-minute walk from the beach! This five-bedroom, four-bathroom escape is perfect for a vacation with the extended family. There’s a bunk room that offers sleeping space for seven that the kids will love. On the second floor, you’ll find a king master suite, a room that has a queen-sized bed, and another with two twin beds. The third floor is the living area. You’ll enjoy our fully equipped kitchen and the incredible views from the wrap-around porch. This home rents Saturday to Saturday during the summer but has flexible arrival and departure dates during the other seasons.

Take a look at our beautiful selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.


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