Seniors Find a Green Gem in Emerald Isle

EII was watching a Big Ten wrestling match and one of the competitors was from Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  Sounded like a neat place to check out, so senior traveling friends, let’s go to Emerald Isle for a visit.

Emerald Isle is a one of North Carolina’s coastal islands and beach community in Carteret County. It is part of the Crystal Coast and is located entirely on the Bogue Banks. The population runs nearly 4,000, but as many as 50,000 visitors descend upon the area during the summer season.

In 1893, whalers settled on the small section of the island that is now Emerald Isle. Bogue Banks Island is 30 miles long, with Atlantic Beach at the easternmost end, Salter Path and Indian Beach in the center and Emerald Isle on the westernmost portion.


Seniors Learn Of  Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles

Seniors, if you are “into Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles”, this is the place to watch them come ashore where they lay their eggs. 

Rent a boat, play a round of golf, go parasailing, play miniature golf, rent a bike, spend some time at a spa or enjoy massage therapy.  Coming up March 28th is the Half Marathon that you may want check out.


Where did Emerald Isle get its name? A few have said that the water is more green than blue. Others said that phosphorus deposits left behind on the beach by lapping waves created a green glow about dusk each day.

When the original developers were contemplating the purchase of this undeveloped half of the island, a consultant from Florida was hired to advise them. This consultant asked to be flown over the property.

With no development at the time and appearing from the air as a solid green gem in the middle of a sea of sparkling water, he looked down and said, “This Place Shall be Known as Emerald Isle”. Visitors come to admire the lush emerald maritime forests that surround the community.


Seniors Enjoy Fishing Off The Pier

Emerald Isle was a notorious area for piracy in the 1700s and during the Revolutionary War patriot privateers were known to control the inlet.

“Wide sandy beaches, a shaded path for cyclists, runners, and strollers, and rocking chairs filled with folks of all ages licking ice cream piled high on a sugar cone – these are just a few of the inviting images you’ll find on Emerald Isle.” Senior visitors find an almost perfect blend of modern amenities and old-fashioned beach town values.

The Bogue Island Fishing Pier is a legendary landmark and a paradise for anglers. Emerald Isle hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Festivals in North Carolina. EmeraldFest, a summer concert series provides live entertainment during the summer months.

Do some island hopping, shark fishing, look for dauphins or take a sunset cruise, and enjoy -jeb

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