Beach Bound

La PlayaMy friend Jose asked for recommendations about beaches to visit and places to stay along the North Carolina coast, and I responded with the following email, which he said amounted to a blog post, so here it is — verbatim:  

About the beach……. I know people who have beach homes/condos in Emerald Isle and Carolina Beach. I sent them messages to see if they’d be willing to sublet for a week or so, but it’s not something that they usually do, so that will be a long shot. That said, Emerald Isle is the beach I know best. I like it because there’s the beach, of course, which is lovely, but it’s also on the Crystal Coast, which is book-ended by two charming towns — Beaufort and Swansboro. When I haven’t crashed at my friend’s place, I’ve stayed at the Waterway Inn in Swansboro, which is small, relatively inexpensive, and the owners are great fun, although it is a motel, and it’s on an inlet, not on the beach. You might want to check the BlueWater Realty website or Sun Surf Realty. Friends have also stayed herehatteras bird printsIt’s a great rental home right on the water, and pets are allowed, but it’s not that cheap. Another part of the coast that I like is a series of islands south of Wilmington. My favorites are Oak Island, which is at the north end and has a Key West vibe, and Sunset Beach (also an island), which is at the southern end and has a wonderful bird preserve. A lot of very good restaurants/eateries are tucked away along the inter coastal roadways between Oak Island and Sunset Beach. The place I stayed wasn’t all that great, so I’m not really sure what to recommend in that regard. But I do know someone who has a beach house on Sunset Beach. I’ll see if he has any ideas and let you know what I hear. I hope this helps. Un gran abrazo!

Preserving Jones Island

“They look really ugly, but they’re such an interesting organsim.” — Bree Kerwin

As you approach Jones Island, located in the mouth of the White Oak River along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, it’s easy to imagine you’re in the South Pacific, speeding toward a grand adventure much like the ones that unfolded for six seasons on “LOST,” but Jones Island is under threat from predators much more menacing than smoke monsters or a settlement of mysterious “Others.” Jones Island is losing ground to erosion caused by the ripple effects of human development, recreational boating and the rising tides of climate change, and to protect the island, the N.C. Coastal Federation and Hammock Beach State Park have an educational program in place aimed at replenishing two key island defenses – marsh grasses and oyster beds. Read more about these efforts in this piece published by NCCF: Getting “LOST”