The Crystal Coast is full of southern charm and coastal beauty, the pinnacle of this being found on the small island of Atlantic Beach, NC. Whether you are enjoying the beach on the oceanside or venturing into the calm waters of the soundside, you will find a relaxing oasis to call your new home. Let us at Al Williams help you decide if a move to Atlantic Beach is in your future with these 4 reasons why you should move to Atlantic Beach.
A Key Location On The Coast
While Atlantic Beach might seem like a small island, it is packed full of growing businesses. Over the last few years alone, there has been a boom in the town with both the expansion of residences and business space at the Atlantic Beach Circle as well as breweries, restaurants and boutiques.
The heart of Atlantic Beach may be the oceanfront, but it isn’t without a town center that has plenty for everyone year around.
When you first drive down the causeway into Atlantic Beach, you will be greeted by “The Circle”. This has long been one of the area’s premier beach locations with restaurants lining the beach to grab a bite to eat or a drink and the volleyball courts to play a game with friends. The installment of the new lifeguard stand this year has also added appeal for the continued upgrades being made throughout town.
There is also Oceanana Fishing Pier which has a wonderful beach access location with their restaurant and pier available for dining or walking out and maybe casting a line into the water. If you would prefer a place where parking is always guaranteed, you can try your hand at a membership to The Dunes Club or The Coral Bay Club, both of which have recreation space, outdoor pools and beach services such as chairs and umbrellas.
Fort Macon State Park is another great location to enjoy both the beach and it’s history. The bathhouses offer picnic tables and shelters for enjoying a meal with your family as well as beach access and numerous walking trails that take you over the dunes on the oceanside and through the beautiful woods on the soundside.
Farther down from the fort, there is another access to the beach as well as more walking trails onto the beach and back around the point of Atlantic Beach to the sound. If you wish to take in some history, Fort Macon has a museum with videos and even guided tours through the park. Some days you can even watch a blank firing of one of the cannons or listen to music during the summers with their evening concerts in the center of the fort.
Adventure on Land
If you need a break from the beach and want to enjoy some other activities Atlantic Beach has to offer, there are plenty of options.
You can start with Atlantic Station Cinema for some newly released blockbuster movies or if you have children, head across the street to Atlantic Beach Town Park to enjoy their summer outdoor movies suitable for all ages, as well as the splash pad, children’s park, miniature golf and skate park.
If you are wanting something out of the ordinary, get a group together to play a game of tactical laser tag, have a nerf gun battle or try your hand at axe throwing at Battleworks. As a potential beach resident, you can consider getting a membership to the Crystal Coast Country Club which offers access to a beautiful waterfront golf course as well as tennis and pickleball courts, a pool and splash pad and a fitness center with 24/7 access.
Bites and Buys
You don’t have to drive over the bridge for some of the best dining and shopping on the Crystal Coast!
Atlantic Beach has a variety of restaurants such as Amos Mosquitos who are known for their southern flare dishes, Island Grille for the perfect date night atmosphere, Full Moon Oyster Bar with some amazing seafood recipes, Shark Shack for the perfect after the beach bite to eat, Bahia Beach House & Surf Bar with intuitive cuisine they call “Food of the Sun”, and Crab’s Claw for their caribbean seafood.
In the evenings, head over the Crystal Coast Brewing Co for a local beer and maybe a game of music bingo, Beach Tavern Bar and Grill or “BT’s” as it is known for a classic pub atmosphere complete with pool tables or The Tipsy Turtle which has live music, outdoor space and even boat access.
Stop into Atlantic Beach Surf Shop to shop for the whole family. They carry kids, mens and womens clothing with everything from surf brands such as quicksilver, roxy, billabong, and rainbows sandals to boutique names like Trina Turk, Vineyard Vines, Columbia, Patagonia, Karlie and more.
Another great option for both clothing and beach gear such as surfboards and paddleboards is Marsh’s Surf Shop. They even offer surf lessons by a multiple title winner with surf camps for those as young as 8. For the women in your family, they will find great options for upscale clothing at The Posh Pelican and The Gatorbug.
For more laid back beach attire, there are shops such as Lotus y la Luna which carries eco-friendly clothing items that can carry you from the beach to dinner effortlessly.
Searching for a new home on the Crystal Coast provides many opportunities for great locations to reside, but if these 4 reasons have made your heart set on calling Atlantic Beach home, then let us at Al Williams Properties help get you there. Give us a call today to begin your property search and make your move to the beach in 2022!