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3 of the Best Beaches Near Durham, NC

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Durham, NC, we know just the place to go! Emerald Isle is the perfect retreat from the Bull City. With miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches and clear water, you’ll have the beach vacation of a lifetime in our town. Plus, Durham is just a three-hour drive from Emerald Isle, making it the perfect place to enjoy a week-long getaway. Find out more about Emerald Isle, as well as some of our other picks for the best beaches near Durham, NC!

Enjoy the other wonderful things that Emerald Isle has to offer during your stay! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a complete list of the best restaurants, historic sites, museums, and shops in town. Use our Vacation Guide to plan your itinerary in no time at all.

Visit the Best Beaches Near Durham, NC

Emerald Isle

Fair warning: once you step foot on the sandy beaches along Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle, you may never want to leave! Our town has 12 miles of immaculate sandy shores. Whether you’re interested in surf fishing, swimming, or simply laying out in the warm sun, there’s plenty of fun to be discovered. Plus, when you book a rental home from Spinnaker’s Reach, you’ll be within walking distance to the beach. The most popular beach spot in town is The Point, the westernmost section of Emerald Isle that tapers off to a point. However, we always suggest that our guests visit the shore along Coast Guard Road. This section is less crowded, making it the perfect spot for visiting families with small children or those who want to enjoy some quiet.

Hammocks Beach State Park

If you’re hoping to enjoy some kayaking or hiking during your stay with Spinnaker’s Reach, visit Hammocks Beach State Park! This site is only accessible by water, so you will either have to purchase a ticket to ride the ferry or kayak to one of the landings in the park. Once you arrive, you’re free to hike the gorgeous shoreline or kayak one of the three trails surrounding the island.

Fort Macon State Park

History buffs shouldn’t miss a change to visit Fort Macon State Park. This site is part-nature reserve, part-historic site. It includes a replica of the original Fort Macon, which served as protection to North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s also a gorgeous beach in the park, as well as a picnic area and great fishing opportunities year-round.

Stay with Spinnaker’s Reach

Are you looking for a home with plenty of room, great amenities, and is just a short walk from one of the best beaches near Durham, NC? Your search begins and ends with Spinnaker’s Reach. We have an outstanding selection of vacation rentals located in one stunning neighborhood in Emerald Isle.

Consider booking Turtle’s Nest, a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home that features a private pool and a stunning view of the nearby pond and wetlands. This home is ideal for families, as there is plenty of space for everyone to maintain their privacy, as well as entertainment for the whole group! Kids (and the parents) will love checking out the retro video game arcade downstairs or taking a dip in the private pool. This home also offers a golf cart, making trips to the beach easy.

Take a look at our full catalog of rentals and book today. We look forward to having you.