The town of Atlantic Beach awaits you with bated breath to greet any and all coming to the Beach! The oldest of five resort towns that make up the 30-mile length of our island known as Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach boasts of having a year round population of only 3500.
Atlantic Beach began receiving fun and sun loving visitors in the early 1900s even before the bridge from Morehead City was built. They would come by boat, ferry and of course a crazy swimmer or two! Atlantic Beach offers easy public beach access (most with lifeguard services) to its serene expanse of shoreline. Residents and vacationers have many choices, oceanfront, ocean-view and sound-side to spend a relaxing summer or a lifetime!
This enchanting seaside community, with it's no-shirt, no-shoes, no-problem atmosphere is why so many choose to call it home or their home-away-from-home. Kids from one to 101 will find fun in the sand, while others will find the local shopping, nightlife, fishing, restaurants and annual festivals an everlasting attraction to keep you returning year after year! New development will bring exciting changes to the waterfront town, but rest soundly with the knowledge that Atlantic Beach will not stray from its small town hospitality. To contact Atlantic Beach Call 252-726-2121 or see it on line at www.atlanticbeach-nc.com. Some notable events include the Carolina Kite Fest and historic Fort Macon State Park.
A wonderful place that deserves a place of honor just east of Atlantic Beach is Fort Macon State Park, which include 385 acres of beach, dunes and a maritime forest. Every day you will step back in time at the entrance to Fort Macon, a five-sided Civil War fortress which still stands just as proud and formidable as after its construction in the 1800's. Fort Macon was seized from the Union forces by North Carolina Confederate troops at the beginning of the war in 1862. The Union forces retook the fort and used it as a coaling station and also a federal prison. It was also used in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and in 1934 for World War II.
Fort Macon's history and calendar of programs make it one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina. You can visit the museum, browse a bookstore, listen to audio programs, go to the beach, fish from rock jetties or enjoy the swimming area. The park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. If you have any questions about Atlantic Beach call 252-726-3775.
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