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Atlantic-Beach is located between Emerald Isle and Morehead City along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the oldest of five towns located in this region, and was originally the site of a small pavilion built on the beach in 1887, with little more than a refreshment stand and stalls for changing clothes. Today, Atlantic Beach is home to approximately 3,500 permanent residents, and the population swells to around 35,000 during the summer months. The center of town known as "The Circle," is at the southernmost end of the Atlantic Beach Causeway and offers amusement park rides for children, an array of shops and businesses, and plenty of parking for the beach. Aside from swimming, sunning, windsurfing, fishing, and almost any other type of beach activity imaginable, Atlantic Beach is home to the 398-acre Fort Macon State Park. Here, guided tours are given of the fort; there is a museum, nature programs and trails for hiking. The North Carolina Aquarium is located in nearby Pine Knoll Shores, where visitors can get a fun, close-up look at North Carolina's maritime ecosystem. The aquarium features a popular touch tank, a riverbank display with live alligators, canoe trips, interpretive beach walks, excursions to remote barrier islands and much more. If you're looking for a place to bring the family for some good, old-fashioned fun in the sun, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina won't disappoint.

Surrounding areas: Morehead City, North Carolina (1.8 mi), Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina (3.3 mi), Beaufort, North Carolina (4.5 mi), Indian Beach, North Carolina (8.6 mi), Harkers Island, North Carolina (10.3 mi), Crystal Coast, North Carolina (11.6 mi), Emerald Isle, North Carolina (12.1 mi)

Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals




Atlantic Beach Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
"Triple ""S"" Motel"502 Henderson BlvdAtlantic Beach, NC (919) 726-8156
Days Inn602 W FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC (919) 247-6400
Fishermans Inn110 Morehego AveAtlantic Beach, NC (919) 726-2273
Hollowells Motel114 E FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC (919) 726-5227
Iron SteamerAtlantic Beach, NC (919) 247-4221
Peppertree Atlantic Beach715 West Ft Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC (252) 247-5841
Sheraton Atlantic Beach2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC (252) 240-1155
Best Western Buccaneer Inn2806 Arendell StMorehead City, NC1.7 mi.(252) 726-3115
Comfort Inn3100 Arendell StMorehead City, NC1.7 mi.(252) 247-3434
Amerisuites118 Salter Path RdMorehead City, NC1.8 mi.(252) 247-5118
Holiday Inn Express & Suites5063 Executive DrMorehead City, NC1.8 mi.(252) 247-5001
Econo Lodge Crystal Coast3410 Bridges StMorehead City, NC2.0 mi.(252) 247-2940
Hampton Inn4035 Arendell StMorehead City, NC2.4 mi.(252) 240-2300
Amerisuites Atlantic Beach118 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC2.6 mi.(252) 247-5118
Atlantis Lodge Inc123 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC2.6 mi.(919) 726-5168
Beaufort Inn101 Ann StBeaufort, NC4.3 mi.(252) 728-2600
Islander Motor InnEmerald Isle, NC12.1 mi.(919) 354-3464
Days Inn1220 E Main StHavelock, NC14.3 mi.(252) 447-1122
Comfort Inn1013 E Main StHavelock, NC14.4 mi.(252) 444-8444
Hampton Inn Havelock105 Tourist Center DrHavelock, NC15.4 mi.(252) 447-9400
Holiday Inn Havelock400 Hwy 70 WHavelock, NC15.4 mi.(252) 444-1111
Best Western Silver Creek Inn801 Cedar Pt BlvdSwansboro, NC21.5 mi.(252) 393-9015
Tar Heel Inn205 Church StOriental, NC22.9 mi.(252) 249-1078

Atlantic Beach Weather & Climate

Latitude accounts for some climatic variations in the state of North Carolina, as do soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on temperatures, as well, especially on the immediate coast. Coastal fronts are common during the winter months, and can push inland, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. However, at times the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. The meeting of the two opposing currents sometimes provides a breeding ground for rough weather. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are lower than those even a few miles inland. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 35°F 5.38 in. 49°F
February 59°F 36°F 4.03 in. 46°F
March 65°F 43°F 4.27 in. 52°F
April 72°F 50°F 2.94 in. 59°F
May 78°F 59°F 4.66 in. 68°F
June 84°F 67°F 4.04 in. 73°F
July 88°F 72°F 5.94 in. 77°F
August 88°F 71°F 7.55 in. 80°F
September 84°F 66°F 6.47 in. 77°F
October 76°F 55°F 4.36 in. 70°F
November 68°F 46°F 4.07 in. 58°F
December 60°F 38°F 4.54 in. 55°F

Atlantic Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located about 50 miles west of Atlantic Beach in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located approximately 65 miles northwest of Atlantic Beach in Kinston, North Carolina, the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located roughly 72 miles west of Atlantic Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, and finally the Pitt Greenville airport (PGV) located around 74 miles northwest of Atlantic Beach in Greenville, North Carolina.

Atlantic Beach Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC80.2 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Bogue Banks Country ClubPine Knoll ShoresNC4.0 mi.
Links Golf ClubHavelockNC14.9 mi.
Star Hill Golf & Country ClubCape CarteretNC18.2 mi.
Silver Creek Golf ClubSwansboroNC21.0 mi.
Minnesott Golf & Country ClubArapahoeNC22.6 mi.
 
State Parks
Fort Macon State ParkNC3.5 mi. 
Hammocks Beach State ParkNC23.2 mi. 
 
Museums
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC4.5 mi.(History)
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC42.0 mi.(Science)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC 
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC82.4 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC102.9 mi.


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