Part Two, Atlantic Beach

Now that summer has begun (even though the official date is June 21), I plan to spend more and more time at the beach, basking in the sun along the sandy shores while reading a good book. In last month’s post, I focused on the spectacular food choices in Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. This month, it’s all about the spectacular shoreline of North Carolina. On my next visit to the New Bern area, I once again found myself making the short drive to Atlantic Beach.


The water tower says it all.

The beach has several access points and plenty of parking, so finding the perfect spot for your lounge chairs and umbrella is a “summer” breeze. The beach is amazing, with miles of white sands and blue water. And, I giggled a bit when I pulled out my Nicholas Sparks paperback. As you may know, all of Sparks’ novels take place in North Carolina, many of which a seaside location.


Fort Macon State Park is on the eastern tip of Bogue Banks.

If you make a day trip to Morehead City and Atlantic Beach, be sure to leave time for a visit to Fort Macon State Park, located at the tip of Bogue Banks. The fort is restored from the Civil War era, with lots of recreational activities. The fort is rich in history, having protected North Carolina’s coast from the likes of Blackbeard to the Union Army.  Watching the historic reenactment is worth the visit alone. I am likely to plan a return outing on the Fourth of July. I have heard Atlantic Beach has an incredible fireworks display.

It was time to head back to New Bern, and back to another place resplendent with water views. New Bern has a beautiful waterfront of its own, with the Trent and Neuse Rivers. As I have said before, yet it is worth repeating… life here in Coastal Carolina is a real beach.