From the unique waterfront shops, boutiques and waterside cafes, to boating, water sports, and fishing, Swansboro NC is a quaint waterfront town with very interesting architecture. Located between Atlantic Beach and Topsail Island, Swansboro offers a laid back coastal atmosphere of Eastern North Carolina for both residents as well as vacationers alike.
Bordered by the confluent waters of the White Oak River and the Intracoastal Waterway, this beautiful waterfront city offers visitors an unhurried journey through time. It's a place where seagulls and pelicans lazily float through the Carolina blue sun-kissed skies and gently lapping waves caress sandy shores as they've always done. And it's a playground that abounds in boating, fishing, kayaking, golf, amusements, arts, and some of the finest unspoiled beaches in the country.
There are dozens of public beach access points including a very nice one just after you come over the Highway 58 bridge to Emerald Isle. It is one of our favorites and is just off Islander Drive. It has lots of parking, a nice boardwalk to the beach, changing rooms, picnic tables and bathrooms along with beach volley ball courts. On the way to it you get to take a time trip through some old amusement park rides. There are lots of other beach access points; you can find them listed on the official Emerald Isle Town site.
If you are a little more adventurous you might want to go over the Hammocks Beach State Park and take the small pontoon boat ferry over and experience a beach with lots of room. It's just a couple of miles from Swansboro. The ferry runs either every half hour or hour depending on the day of the week and the time of the year. Hammocks Beach State park has a great kayak or canoe launch point and the waters look perfect for kayaking.