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While searching for Emerald Isle beaches to visit, I stumbled on one called ‘The Point‘ where visitors said the seashells were unreal. And they weren’t kidding.
Watch TREKKN Episode two for a peek at the shells we found and our first-hand experience at ‘The Point’, one of the amazing Emerald Isle beaches.
Emerald Isle Beaches: The Point
Shortly after we picked up our daughter in Charlotte from the airport for her summer break, we booked it over to Emerald Isle, North Carolina. This small beach town is part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and is a small chunk of paradise.
I knew I wanted to find a beach area for us to enjoy for the day that wasn’t too terribly crowded. I kept seeing people talking about ‘The Point’ and how this was where the locals would tell you to go. So we went and let me tell you, I am so happy we did.
Where to park at The Point?
The first thing you need to know when visiting The Point is the parking situation. There are two handicapped spaces (if my memory serves me well) at the entrance to one of the boardwalks.
The other parking is a couple of blocks away at the corner of Coast Guard Rd and Terrell Horne III Way. (The GPS coordinates are 34°38’52.5″N 77°05’33.2″W.) It’s a gravel area with a small amount of parking.
If you have little kids with you, adults who can’t make that two block trek, or you brought quite a bit of beach gear with you, just have your driver drop you off at the boardwalk entrance and then they can park and walk over.
What makes The Point Unique?
There are several things that make The Point a unique beach area.
- It’s Secluded
- Not overcrowded
- The seashells are out of this world
Let’s talk about those seashells
In the reviews for The Point, I kept seeing how it was a great place to find amazing seashells. As someone who grew up going to the Texas beach every summer, my idea of amazing seashells was slightly different than the shells we found.
Our 14 year old found this one five minutes after we arrived.
Our daughter found this whole conch shell in a tide pool. She saw the tip of it sticking out, started digging a bit and then voila!, a conch she’ll treasure forever.
Any skimboarders in your group?
If anyone in your group likes to skim board, our 14-year-old son who has skimboarded at beaches all along the west coast from Washington to California, the Texas beach, Florida and along the east coast personally recommends this as one of the best skimboarding spots around.
He had a blast, as you can see in the video above.
From a guy who was kite surfing while we were there, kids digging in the sand and dog owners passing the frisbee with their best friend, there is plenty of space to have one heck of a good day at the beach.
Have you visited any of the Emerald Isle beaches? Let us know your favorite spots!
Are you visiting North Carolina for vacation? Here are two things to do in the Asheville area:
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