Atlantic Beach sits on the eastern end of an island called Bogue Banks. The Atlantic Ocean is to the south of Atlantic Beach. Beaufort Inlet is on its eastern end and Bogue Sound and Morehead City are behind it to the north. The western end of Bogue Banks travels down to Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path and Emerald Isle.
It encompasses 2.6 total square miles. Total year round population is 1,687 but swells by 20 times that amount and more during the summer and vacation months. Population density is approximately 725 people per square mile.
The median home value in Atlantic Beach is $255,000. This is more representative of an average condominium price. Oceanfront homes range on up into multi-million dollar real estate properties.
The annual high temperature in Atlantic Beach is 71 degrees with the annual low at 54 degrees. The over-all year round average temperature is 63 degrees.
August is the hottest month with the average high at 86 degrees and low at 73 degrees. The coldest month is January with average daytime high at 53 degrees and night time lows at 33 degrees.
The average annual rainfall amount is a little over 57 inches. August and September are the wettest months with 7 to 8 inches of rainfall on average each year.
Snow is an oddity with snowfall amounts of an inch or less per year.
Spring, summertime and early fall beach water temperatures are in the 70’s and low 80’s.
Boat ramps, marinas and fishing piers
Public: Moonlight Dr. Boat Ramp – 3 vehicle & trailer spots; West Bogue Sound Dr Boat Ramp – No Parking; Pelican Drive fishing pier – small pier with 10 vehicle spots, no trailer spots.
Private marina’s and boat launches include Fort Macon Marina, Anchorage Marina, Triple S Marina and Sea Water Marina
Oceanana Resort has a fee based ocean side fishing pier
Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon State Park is one of North Carolina’s most visited state parks, is enjoyed annually by more than 1 million visitors. It offers 354 acres of undeveloped ocean beach to enjoy, picnicking facilities and bathhouse.
“Established for use during the Civil War, Fort Macon is now an active state park, offering public beach access, nature trails and picnic areas in addition to the maintained grounds and structures of this historical fortress.
The park is located at the eastern end of Atlantic Beach, making it easily accessible to visitors by car, bicycle, or an easy walk. Sitting at the very end of Bogue Banks, the land is surrounded by water on three sides, making this an attractive area for a day exploring on the sand.
The Fort facilities have been extremely well preserved and restored, and include educational exhibits and historical displays. Explore the grounds to learn how troops lived their daily lives here through various eras of our country’s history. You can also go on a tour with a State Park guide for even more information on the evolution of the fort since its Civil War beginnings.” H/T Crystal Coast Tourism
Fishing is so good in Atlantic Beach that it has its own fishing tournament. The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament has been going on for almost 4 decades and has had as many as 1,000 boats enter the tournament. Other fish caught in Atlantic Beach include speckled trout, red drum, flounder, spots, croakers, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, blue marlin and giant Bluefin tuna in the winter time.
For more information about Atlantic Beach and the real estate that is available contact Margaret Hitchcock of Hitchcock Realty. Margaret is a Realtor with over 10 years’ experience in representing buyers and sellers along the Crystal Coast.