Destination guide

Pine Knoll Shores is the calmer side of Atlantic Beach

If you're looking for all the rolling swells and pristine sands of Atlantic Beach but don't want the hustle of the boardwalk, Pine Knoll Shores could just be the solution for you. It's not only home to pretty creeks, wide beaches, birding wetlands, and handsome state parks, but also comes with one of the most acclaimed aquariums in all of North Carolina – that's really something. And that's not even mentioning Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals, some of which spill straight onto the white sands of the beachfront, others of which nestle in the leafy streets along the Bogue Sound.

Things to do

It's all about the aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores

The premier, top-of-the-list attraction in Pine Knoll Shores is the North Carolina Aquarium. It's a real doozy, too. Loggerhead turtles flounder in a tank, octopi bob in another. There are old shipwreck exhibits to get you channeling your inner swashbuckler, and everything from lionfish to rays to waterfalls, all backed up by scientific films that unravel the ecology of the North Carolinian barrier islands. It's a must for the whole family.


The fruits of the sea in Pine Knoll Shores

Like Atlantic Beach before it, Pine Knoll Shores is a place closely connected to the ocean. The summertime visitors who flock to the Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals on the beach will often do little more than sunbathe and splash their days away. Who could blame them? If you do want to get the adventure juices flowing, then you could always hop on sailing cruises, or rent kayaks or SUPs to drift through the creeks. Golfing and birding close to the Bogue Banks are also available – be sure to bring the clubs or binoculars for those.


Feel the warmth in Pine Knoll Shores

There are plenty of reasons why Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals are at their best in the summer months. For starters, the period between May and September ushers in the hottest weather – you can spend whole days with temperatures between 75 and 85 then. That's also when vacationers are flocking to the coast from the major cities of NC and SC, imbuing the bars and seafood joints with a lively character. Rainfall wise, you can expect the heaviest downpours around August, thanks to the subtropical nature of the climate.

Natural features

Pine Knoll Shores sits between the sound and ocean

Pine Knoll Shores sits neatly on the North Carolinian barrier islands, blocked off from the American mainland by the sloshing waters of the Bogue Sound. And while the mudflats and beaches there are a real hotspot for birders and boaters – check out the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area for some of the best – the shoreline on the oceanside of the town is where the travelers prefer to go. That's a place of long, white-sand beaches and rolling Atlantic waves, dotted with dunes and awash with marine life of all sorts.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Pine Knoll Shores

The nearest airport is in New Bern, NC (EWN-Craven Regional), located 28.9 mi (46.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Jacksonville, NC (OAJ-Albert J. Ellis), which is 45.3 mi (72.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Pine Knoll Shores?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 654 vacation rentals near Pine Knoll Shores. From 266 Houses to 277 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pine Knoll Shores are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pine Knoll Shores?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pine Knoll Shores. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: 910 vacation rentals
  • Country Club of the Crystal Coast: 908 vacation rentals
  • Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area: 910 vacation rentals
  • Beaufort Historic Site: 712 vacation rentals
  • Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier: 807 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pine Knoll Shores listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pine Knoll Shores?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 266 Houses in Pine Knoll Shores. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pine Knoll Shores include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 277 rentals available
  • Cottages: 56 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 56 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pine Knoll Shores?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 327 vacation rentals with pool available in Pine Knoll Shores. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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