Atlantic Beach is home to over 2 miles of pristine waters, the Oceanana Pier and long, wide beaches that are perfect for families to enjoy. It is also home to Fort Macon State Park, which is a restored Civil War Fort and offers considerable beach access on the oceanside.
Whether your interests are swimming, fishing, boogie boarding, surfing, kiting or just relaxing in your beach chair, Atlantic Beach has some of the best beaches on the Southern Outer Banks!
The “Circle” in Atlantic Beach has always been a popular gathering place with an adjacent Boardwalk right on the beach. The “Circle” is undergoing new development for both commercial and residential improvements. The beach here has lifeguards, shops, a children’s play area, beach volleyball and a bathhouse all within close proximity to the Boardwalk. It is also the sight for weddings, 4th of July fireworks, the finish line for the Tuna 200 Run in October, the Annual Kite Fest in October, Christmas By-the-Sea in December and host of the Penguin Plunge on New Year’s Day!
The Oceanana Pier is open year round and is a neat old Carolina wood pier with a restaurant at the foot of it. It is a great place to fish from or just to hang out on, and watch surfers catch waves and ride them ashore. A new gazebo was built at the end of the pier in 2012 that is perfect for great sunset viewing or watching large ships come into the Morehead City Port.
For fishing fanatics, there is great fishing all year long, and Atlantic Beach is home of the King Mackerel Fishing Tournament in September. During Fall, when the bait are running hard, drum and specs can be caught surf fishing. Atlantic Beach does allow vehicles on the beach from October 1st-March 15th for a fee, so you can find your fish in your slough or special fishing hole.
One of North Carolina’s most popular State Parks is right in Atlantic Beach. Fort Macon State Park offers something for everyone. The Fort grounds are an amazing place to explore and learn about Civil War history. They also boast two beach areas, one of which is along the Beaufort Inlet with a rock jetty and the other supports a large bathhouse and picnic areas with gazebos and grills. And, during the Summer months Fort Macon hosts a concert series on the lawn, providing music of all genres and for people of all ages.