History of the Atlantic Beach NC Area

Atlantic Beach was begun in the late nineteenth century, originally as a satellite beach and bathing facility for Morehead City’s grand Atlantic Hotel. For decades, it remained accessible only by boat from the mainland, and had no permanent inhabitants. In the 1920s, work began on a bridge connecting the island to Morehead City, and an immense and elaborate resort property called The Pagoda Casino was constructed in the traditional Oriental architectural style, with tiered roofing and pointed eaves.
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Tragically, this structure was lost to fire in 1929, but the only surviving building still stands today on the oceanside. In the 1930s, The once-privatized bridge was purchased by the state, and the infrastructure of a seaside community (roads, huts, and small houses) was begun. This infrastructure is what we now know as the town of Atlantic Beach. Its first permanent residents began living there in 1931.
Today, Atlantic Beach maintains an intimate population of around one thousand, thriving almost exclusively on tourism and fishing. Its streets are lined with gorgeous beach houses, restaurants, and marinas, all while maintaining the glorious sand dunes and pristine beaches that brought people to its banks over a century ago.
Close by is the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina. Beaufort, NC is home to the ever-popular Beaufort Ghost Walk tour which has been thrilling visitors for more than a dozen years. The Beaufort Ghost Walk is a Guided Walking Tour through the Historic District of Beaufort, North Carolina.  Founded in 1709, Beaufort is the 3rd oldest town in NC, and the 12th oldest town in North America.  On the Ghost Walk, you will be entertained by your Pirate Guides, as they regale you with an enjoyable assortment of haunted tales, ghost stories, and  interesting histories of the Beaufort area.  In addition, you will hear about some of the amazing unexplainable encounters experienced by both the guests and guides during Ghost Walks of the past. Find out more at the website http://BeaufortGhostWalk.com

Recommended Activities

One of the few boats permitted by the Cape Lookout National Seashore to take you to any part of the National Park, charter a trip with Lookout Adventures and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful parts of NC’s coast. The best SHELLING beaches in North Carolina are inside the Park & Shackleford Banks is home to roughly 120 WILD HORSES with a history dating back nearly 400 years!>> Click for Details
Shark Fishing
Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Some of the best fighting fish in the ocean, sharks can be quite a challenge to bring to the boat, and it’s definitely a thrill to know there’s a big predator on the other end of that line. We may catch many species of sharks: black tips, hammerheads, sand sharks, lemons, bonnet heads, spiny dogfish, and more…

VISIT-PCTC--Tours-Dolphin-Watch-1 This private trip is available from November to May, and is about as good as it gets for “off-season” fun & relaxation. The Lookout Adventures vessel is perfect for a relaxing and intimate cruise in the winter months because the pilothouse helps protect you from any wind or cold. Just dress warmly and you’ll be perfectly comfortable. Max # of 6 guests.>> Click For Details
This trip is available year round, and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful & memorable cruise of the local waterfronts, islands and landmarks. Step on the boat and get to relaxin’ while our friendly & professional captain takes you on a beautiful cruise through these panoramic and historic waterways. Serenity is the goal as we glide over the water towards our rendezvous with the setting sun.>> Click for Details

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