At the heart of Atlantic Beach is "The Circle," located just across the Atlantic Beach Causeway from Morehead City. Nearby are beach stores, restaurants, and nightlife establishments. The central parking area accomodates day trippers, and nearby are three volleyball courts, a soccer field, and a swing set for kids. The public beach offers lifeguard coverage for a large beach. To the east it's a short drive to historic Fort Macon, which sits within a 424 acre state park that offers numerous nature trails, acres of dunes, and great places to fish. And of course, lining both the ocean front and the Bogue Sound Atlantic Beach are a wealth of homes and condos to choose from.