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 swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $85 per night, and houses and cottages 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 are the top vacation rentals in or near Emerald Isle?

Whatever you're looking for in a getaway, you'll find a rental property in or around Emerald Isle that suits your style. These are some of our favorites:

  • Make use of handy amenities like shopping and a fridge at "Charming Upscale Bungalow - Beaufort Historic District". Situated around 20 miles from Emerald Isle, this vacation rental has 1 bedroom and is a hit with guests.
  • Another great choice is "2nd Row, Beautiful Views, Pet Friendly", which is around 1 mile from Emerald Isle. Offering 4 bedrooms, air conditioning and a boat, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Emerald Isle vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Emerald Isle?

If you've been busier than a hamster on a treadwheel, you deserve to get away for a few blissful days. Skip out of work early on Friday and live it up at one of these weekend getaways in or near Emerald Isle:

  • "Pet Friendly And Cozy Oceanfront Cottage W" is around 4 miles east of Emerald Isle and the perfect place to recharge your batteries. You'll like the amenities here, including an oven and a porch.
  • "Family And Pet Friendly Retreat" is another top-rated option. It's located around 2 miles to the west of Emerald Isle and features air conditioning, shopping and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Emerald Isle?

Studio apartments may be small in size, but they pack a punch when it comes to location and convenience. Plonk your bags down at one of these top studio apartments in or near Emerald Isle:

  • Chill by yourself or take a few pals to "Charming Upscale Bungalow - Beaufort Historic District". You'll have loads of amenities at your fingertips, including an iron and ironing board and air conditioning.
  • "Historical Guest House Featured On Hgtv's Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation" is another top stay, offering all you need for a dream Emerald Isle retreat. Handy amenities here include towels and a living room.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Emerald Isle?

From funky studio apartments to extravagant houses, Vrbo has your mini vacation sorted. Here are just two of our favorite stays in and around Emerald Isle:

  • Within close reach of central Emerald Isle, "Kayaker And Bird Watchers Dream: Freshly Renovated With Breathtaking Views" lays out the welcome mat for short-term guests. When you're not kicking back in your cozy digs, get out and explore what's around you.
  • Alternatively, spend a couple of nights at "2nd Row. Fabulous Ocean Views. Well". This comfy, centrally located property makes exploring the sights easy.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Emerald Isle?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend together. If you're eager to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your honey, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Emerald Isle that will whisk you off your feet:

  • Put on some soothing music and chill together at "Charming Upscale Bungalow - Beaufort Historic District". Around 20 miles from Emerald Isle, this property has all you need for a romantic weekend away, including shopping facilities and air conditioning.
  • Another option where you can enjoy a few wonderful days together is "2nd Row, Beautiful Views, Pet Friendly". Located around 1 mile from Emerald Isle, outdoor furniture and beach sun loungers add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Emerald Isle?

Share your trip and double the fun. Whether you're planning an active getaway with buddies or an overdue family reunion, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and around Emerald Isle:

  • You'll have enough space to enjoy yourselves at "The Nest: Luxury, History, Balcony". Around 1 mile east of Emerald Isle, this welcoming retreat has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. Amenities include a beach view and a fireplace.
  • Nothing takes priority over being together with loved ones, and "Newly Renovated Oceanfront Home With Private Beach Access In Emerald Isle" is the perfect place to do that. Located around 4 miles to the west of Emerald Isle, as many as 12 guests can stay in this vacation rental which has 3 bedrooms. A garden and an ocean view are among the various amenities on offer here.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in or near Emerald Isle?

Every so often you just need to escape from it all ... With, say, 30 or so of your loved ones. Whether you're searching for a place to stay with the extended fam or you're organizing a shindig, we have large vacation rentals in and around Emerald Isle that'll house your whole party:

  • "Ocean Front Spectacular Pet Friendly Rental": With 8 bedrooms housing up to 30 people, there's space enough for everyone. You and your group will have access to a multitude of amenities including a kitchen and off-street parking options.
  • "Emerald Isle Annual Rental": Get your entire party's tick of approval at this property which comes with a swimming pool and a nearby beach. With 1 bedroom, up to 99 loved ones can play and stay here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Emerald Isle?

Nothing screams fun and frivolity like a pool does. Dust off your inflatable unicorn and check out these houses in or near Emerald Isle that feature this must-have amenity:

  • Get your vacation on at "Historical Guest House Featured On Hgtv's Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation", where your top priority will be pool time. Amenities such as a separate dining area and books help make this getaway a favorite with guests.
  • Spend laid-back days splashing about or just unwinding beside the water at "Handicap Accessible. 4bedroom 4 Bath Beach House With Amazing Views And Beach Access". This vacation rental is another sought-after option and features cable/satellite TV services, beach sun loungers and more.

Wondering what the weather's like in Emerald Isle? It has a humid subtropical climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 75 ºF to 85 ºF. If you're after a little more inspiration on places to stay in this impressive destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to scroll through our entire range of Emerald Isle vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Emerald Isle?

Nana and Pawpaw, Uncle Elijah ... You can add them to your invitation list when you book a large family vacation rental in or near Emerald Isle. Get your nearest and dearest together at one of these spacious options:

  • With 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests, "2nd Row, Beautiful Views, Pet Friendly" gives you space to reunite with family and friends. It's around 1 mile east of Emerald Isle and features amenities that'll keep your group happy, such as beach sun loungers and a TV.
  • "Pet Friendly And Cozy Oceanfront Cottage W" is another rental the entire gang will love. Invite up to 8 people to this option which offers 3 bedrooms, a separate dining area, free toiletries and more. It's around 4 miles to the east of central Emerald Isle.

As tempting as it may be, don't spend your entire time kicking back indoors. Head out and explore the area's family-friendly attractions, beginning with Core Creek Bridge.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Emerald Isle?

Nothing is more important than family, which is why we'll help you find a place where you can truly connect. Book one of these family cabin rentals in or near Emerald Isle and make memories with the people you love:

  • "New Picturesque Family Cabin W" - Enjoy quality time with your crew at this retreat, which is around 16 miles northeast of the center of Emerald Isle. Coffee and tea making facilities and a microwave oven are among its family-friendly amenities.
  • "Are cabins is the latest addition. Pet friendly and close to Beaufort, NC" - This vacation rental is another family favorite and is around 20 miles northeast of Emerald Isle. Offering a smart TV, a living room and more, it'll get your group's nod of approval.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Emerald Isle vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.