NC - Atlantic Beach

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Most people come to the beach for the sun, surf, and as a retreat to some idyllic place in their hearts. Others come here to Atlantic Beach to partake in some Civil War history. 

Atlantic Beach is really a barrier island with four distinct hamlets; Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Emerald Isle.

Oh, for you Yankees... if somebody asks you to "go shaggin' on the beach" it's not what you may think - you are being asked to dance. Outer Banks language is a new experience for newcomers.



Fort Macon State Park, Great day trip destination. Large ocean beach with bathhouse for summer visits and an historic fort that is largely intact.

North Carolina Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Phone: 252-247-4003 or 800-832-3474. GPS: 34°41’58″N, 76°49’46″W

Adult admission $11. Small discount for seniors over 61 and military. One of four aquariums along the Outer Banks. 




Atlantis Lodge Inc, 123 Salter Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-726-5168 or 800-682-7057.

Beachside kitchenette suites with balconies and ocean views are the attraction. WiFi, non-smoking, common area with large screen tv, ping pong, pool table. Off season rates can be as low as about $90, but expect high summer season rates to start about $200.

Caribbe Inn, 309 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-726-0051.

1960's Era beachside motel with a "fun" flavor. Fridge and microwave, cable TV, all rooms non-smoking, WiFi, grills in picnic and beachside areas, Off season rates at about $60 nightly and even during peak season the rates is under $100 nightly. This is a decent alternative to the top end accommodations.

Clam Digger Inn, 511 Salter Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 855-659-6051 or 800-338-1533.

High end accommodations with nice outdoor pool area w/hot tub, on site restaurant and lounge, meeting rooms, fridge and microwave, private balconies, cable TV, room service, game room. Call ahead for rates...

Hampton Inn and Suites, 118 Salter Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-247-5118.

Large franchise operation with business center, meeting rooms, breakfast and beverage, guest laundry, fitness room, pool. Off season rates available under $85 nightly and peak season starts at about $150.

Hollowell's Motel, 108 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-726-5227.

A sister location to Caribbe Inn. Kitchenettes and efficiencies with WiFi, fridge and microwave, cable TV w/ESPN, picnic and BBQ areas, pool. Longer term stays available. Off season rates from about $60 nightly and running up to $110 on weekends, when a two night stay is required.

Oceanana Resort Motel, 700 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-726-4111.

Seasonal accommodations only, closed in winter months. 1960's era construction with over 100 rooms. Currently moderninzing and refurbishing all rooms. Rooms and suites, WiFi, fridge, breakfast in season. Call ahead for rates.

Palm Suites of Atlantic Beach, 602 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-247-6400.

Efficiency style rooms with fridge and microwave, all non-smoking, fridge and microwave, cable TV w/HBO. Plates, silverware, etc. are provided. WiFi, swimming pool, boat slips. This is NOT on the beach, but on the sound side canal. Call ahead for rates. Sand Dollar Motel, 101 Henderson Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-726-4106.

Rooms and efficiencies. Fridge and cable TV in basic rooms, fully outfitted efficiency apartments. NOT on the beach. This is a smaller, 50's era motel.

Windjammer Inn, 103 Salter Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Phone: 252-247-7123.

High end, five story, beachside hotel. Standard rooms up to suites. Fridge and microwave, cable TV, WiFi. Off season from about $85 nightly and peak runs well over $200 nightly.