Winter is over, summer is on the horizon, and the days are getting longer! Yes, the beginning of Daylight Savings Time does mean losing that precious hour of sleep in the morning, but it also means longer days to enjoy. And what better way to finish off a day fully-enjoyed than by appreciating a glorious sunset? Here are some of the best places around the Crystal Coast to catch the evening sundown show.
The Historic Downtown Waterfront in Beaufort
Stroll along the scenic Beaufort waterfront boardwalk to take in the sight of ships bobbing out on their moorings while the last rays of sun paint the sky, or catch the color show from the parking lot of the Beaufort Inn at the end of Ann Street. Another great option is the Rhum Bar on Front Street, where you can appreciate the natural beauty while enjoying a drink.
Sunset Drive Water Access in Morehead City
At the corner of Sunset Drive and 32nd Street is the (aptly-named) Sunset Drive Water Access. With a boardwalk that extends out to the water’s edge, it’s an ideal place for catching a late-evening sunset. Its sandy beach even offers plenty of room for relaxing on a picnic blanket or beach chair (and feel free to bring some refreshments to enjoy while you watch the show!).
Another nifty spot? Conch’s Point, located at 608 Bay Street, has a boardwalk, a beautiful gazebo, and a floating dock made just for viewing sunsets.
The Point in Emerald Isle
If you’ve never been to The Point at the end of Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle, then it’s time for a trip! This is where the island trails off into a sand bar, offering panoramic views of Bogue Inlet, Bear Island, and the Atlantic Ocean. And if you haven’t already guessed, the scenery is even more spectacular when painted with a flourescent display of colors!
The Oceanna Resort Fishing Pier in Atlantic Beach
From Your Own Deck, Porch, Backyard, or Dock!
Though all of these places are truly outstanding spots for appreciating amazing displays of color, there’s really no better place to enjoy a great sunset than from the comfort of your own home! Whether it’s from a large kitchen window while you’re cooking dinner, from your sunroom or back deck while you sip drinks, or from the dock while you tie up your boat from an evening fishing excursion, nothing beat having your own special place.