Family-Friendly Resort with Spacious Beachfront Villas
Atlantic Beach lies on a barrier island in the heart of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, a low-key and well-preserved seaside tract. In contrast to some of the more developed shorelines along the mid-Atlantic, the land here is largely untapped. Instead, you’ll find abundant wilderness at a nearby national seashore and national park, both of which are about 5 miles from Peppertree Atlantic Beach. The resort itself is also a showcase of the area’s natural beauty, surrounded by seagrass and wildflowers and directly connected to the beach by a wooden boardwalk. You can enjoy the tranquil environment by Peppertree’s lily-pad koi ponds or underneath one of its knotted-wood gazebos.
To go along with the coastal setting, the resort’s one- and two-bedroom villas have nautical-themed decor, including framed sailboat prints and lamp stands adorned with images of lighthouses. By day, there are plenty of ways to keep active on the property. You can volley at the onsite tennis courts or practice swan dives and synchronized belly flops at the indoor swimming complex.
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: Peaceful Beach Oasis in a Historical Resort Town
Located 3 miles from Peppertree Atlantic Beach on the eastern end of Bogue Banks, Fort Macon State Park is awash in historical monuments and ecological diversity. A Civil War fort stands sentinel among hundreds of acres of forest, dunes, and beach. The lives of 19th-century soldiers are put on display in the museum room, furnished with the fort's powder magazines, original cannons, and restored living quarters. Surrounded on three sides by water, Fort Macon State Park welcomes exploration of its salt marshes and estuaries, fishing in surf and inlet waters, or hiking on its 1.5 miles of ocean beach populated by more than 300 bird species.
A 306,000-gallon living shipwreck, a roaring mountain waterfall, and a jellyfish gallery round out the exhibits at the nearby North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which illustrates the intricacies of aquatic life from the oceans to the president's saltwater bathtub. Touch pools encourage interaction with the inhabitants, including stingrays, hermit crabs, and whelks.