Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Emerald Isle, NC that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including high chairs for kids and kitchens. Prices start at $112 per night, and boats and villas are popular options for a stay in Emerald Isle. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore the beauty of Emerald Isle from vacation home rentals

An unspoiled spot on Bogue Banks' western tip, Emerald Isle offers an idyllic base for a vacation on North Carolina's Crystal Coast. Days spent relaxing on the sand, watching kids build castles and anglers cast a line from the Bogue Inlet Pier, are part of the deal, though an array of outdoor activities and visitor attractions for all ages hit the spot for those with a little more get up and go. Whether traveling with family or friends, Emerald Isle vacation rentals, many complete with Atlantic Ocean views, are the ideal place to call home while enjoying this pretty coastal town.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Emerald Isle vacation rentals

With top spots like Fun World Motorsports and the Salty Pirate Water Park just minutes from most rentals, the focus in Emerald Isle is often on family fun. For animal lovers, the North Carolina Aquarium in nearby Pine Knoll Shores comes up trumps, with weird and wonderful creatures and a chance to go behind the scenes at many of the exhibits. Those traveling without kids can indulge in a wander around the shops in local malls or go in search of a new favorite tipple at one of several wineries dotted along the Crystal Coast.


Activities near Emerald Isle vacation homes

While many Emerald Isle vacation rentals count a pool among their amenities, the beach will never lose its appeal. In the summer, the town's 12 miles of pristine shoreline ensure there's room enough for everyone to find their perfect spot on the sand. The sea-green ocean waves offer a safe setting for a spot of swimming, while boat tours take in popular sights such as the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and are readily available in nearby Beaufort. Those happy to create their own adventure find the Bogue Sound a haven for water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding.

Day trips

Day trips from Emerald Isle vacation homes

Emerald Isle is the ideal base camp from which to explore the wonders of Jacksonville. Vacation homes are only a short distance from fun-filled attractions like Lynnwood Park Zoo, an animal park with diverse mammals, reptiles, and birds, and Lejeune Memorial Gardens, a garden that memorializes fallen soldiers. There’s also Riverwalk Park, a grassy parkland with community events, nature trails, and seating areas.


Best time to travel to Emerald Isle vacation homes

Emerald Isle's humid subtropical climate serves up the perfect backdrop for summer vacations. Sunny days in July and August, when temperatures in the high 80s are common, are perfect for making the most of the beautiful beaches. Things are a little cooler during spring and fall, but with plenty of indoor attractions to complement the area's outdoor scene, it's by no means too cold to warrant a stay in an Emerald Isle vacation rental. Winter temperatures tend to hover around the 50 to 60 mark and snow makes an appearance from time to time.

Natural features

Explore the great outdoors in Emerald Isle

If a little outdoor time is on the agenda, Emerald Isle Woods Park is a great place to start. Boasting more than 40 acres of space, the park forms part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, with keen birders able to spot everything from wading birds to woodpeckers. North of the park, the Croatan National Forest offers activities such as horseback riding and wildlife watching, while also being home to the carnivorous Venus flytrap. To the east, travelers can admire the wild ponies at Shackleford Banks or, just a little further afield, hunt for pretty shells along the Cape Lookout National Seashore.


Beach locales near Emerald Isle vacation rentals

The beaches in Emerald Isle are one of its biggest draws. Vacation homes are available near places like Emerald Isle Beach, a quiet beach with calm waves and live music, and Hammocks Beach State Park, an island retreat with a sandy beach, campsites, and amenities. You could also explore Bear Island, an island with a park, camping, and sandy beaches.

How to get there

How to get to and around Emerald Isle

The nearest airport is in New Bern, NC (EWN-Coastal Carolina Regional), located 28.6 mi (46 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), which is 34.3 mi (55.3 km) away.

What is the best area to stay in Emerald Isle when booking a vacation rental?

If you're on you way to Emerald Isle, The Point is among the most in-demand neighborhoods to stay. Whatever your travel style, Vrbo is bound to have a vacation rental here that's just right for you.

How many vacation rentals are in Emerald Isle?

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What is the most popular type of vacation rental accommodation in Emerald Isle?

The most in-demand types of vacation rentals in Emerald Isle are houses. Searching for something different? Vrbo has plenty of options to match the diverse needs of our guests, so you'll see properties in all sizes and shapes. The perfect fit is waiting for you — get yours today.

How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in Emerald Isle?

A number of things can influence how much you pay for a vacation rental in Emerald Isle, like the type of property, season and length of stay. But, all our vacation homes have something in common — incredible value. Just add your travel dates to find your ideal fit.

How much does it cost to rent a beach house in Emerald Isle?

The average price for a vacation rental near the beach in Emerald Isle depends on when you're visiting the area and the size and type of property you're searching for. Find prices easily and quickly on Vrbo by entering your dates of travel. Then use the filter tool to choose the number of bedrooms and amenities important to you, like WiFi, air conditioning and a pool.

Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Emerald Isle?

Pack a suitcase and a bone for your puppy dog because Emerald Isle has 38 properties that throw out the welcome mat to doggie guests. Let your furriest friend join in with the family fun at one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals on Vrbo. Simply enter your dates then check the 'Pets allowed' filter box.

Can I rent a house with a pool in Emerald Isle?

Pack your swimwear and inflatable flamingo, because there are 17 houses with a private pool in Emerald Isle. Unwind at one of these popular vacation homes and let every day be a pool day. Simply enter your travel dates into Vrbo, then use the 'pool' filter to find the perfect place to make a splash!

What are popular rental amenities in Emerald Isle?

Tennis, a nearby waterfront and a barbecue grill are the most popular rental amenities in Emerald Isle. Whether you plan to go by yourself, with your spouse or as a family, Vrbo will help you find a vacation home that fits your tastes with all the extras you're looking for.

Are there large group vacation rentals in Emerald Isle?

With 15 properties that can host 10 or more people in Emerald Isle, there's no need to cross anyone off the invite list. From extended family vacations to special events like Christmas or New Year's Eve parties, Vrbo can help you find a large group rental to match the occasion.

Are there vacation rentals in Emerald Isle that welcome kids?

Gather the whole crew for an epic adventure in Emerald Isle at one of our 38 family-friendly vacation rentals. A lot of these stays feature amenities that are great for getaways with the kids, including full kitchens, multiple bedrooms and outdoor spaces. Simply click on the "Properties good for families" filter and choose your favorite option.