our coastal Culture

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Discover a new getaway that your family will love.

River Dunes’ award-winning master plan embraces gathering spaces, spectacular water views, year-round boating and outdoor living. Enjoy an authentic coastal lifestyle in a natural setting.
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Our award-winning, 28 acre inland basin marina on the Intracoastal Waterway has over 400 slips for power boats and sailboats alike. Right up the coast from Oriental, North Carolina, the River Dunes marina offers year-round boating, floating docks, and outstanding onshore amenities. The protected entrance channel opens into Broad Creek, a natural deep-water creek just off the ICW and Neuse River.

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“This marina is a wonderful retreat… Definitely stop for some rest and relaxation!”
– Jennifer

Village Life

You’ll find traditional coastal architecture and a growing Harbor Village that draws from the rich heritage of boating and life on the coast. River Dunes is a place for enjoying the back porch with neighbors, the peace of an early-morning run and fellowship on the docks in the afternoon.

Nature Exploration

Want to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of Harbor Village? We have nature trails off of Preservation Lane on our acres of conservation land so that you can be one with nature while you’re here.
“What we found at River Dunes was a respect for the land, waterways and wildlife along with a desire to live in harmony with it.”
– P. Skaar, Resident
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Flat roads and scenic views make our area ideal for cycling. Swing by Grace Harbor Provision Company to grab a bike with friends or family and see all there is to see around the harbor, village center, and neighborhoods.

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Kayaks & Paddle Boards

Available for Harbor Club members and overnight guests, River Dunes has a selection of kayaks and paddle boards to spend time on the water without a boat. They make the perfect morning or afternoon activity for your family and friends when you stay at River Dunes. Stay in the calming waters of Grace Harbor or venture out to the ICW for more open waters and views of nearby shorelines.

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Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs

The swimming pool and hot tubs overlooking Grace Harbor are open to members and overnight guests. Spend time in the water or lounging on a chair while watching the boats sail in and out of the channel that leads out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a poolside cocktail, beverage, or snack from the cabana bar during select hours. The cabanas along the side of the pool offer the perfect amount of shade to get out of the heat. If you’d rather, grab a reclining chair across the way to soak up the sun.

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Fitness Center

The Fitness Center, open to members and overnight guests, contains a state-of-the-art cardio theater, plenty of strength training equipment, a studio floor with streaming for on-demand and live classes, studio yoga, barre and spinning. Steam rooms and saunas can be found in the men and women’s locker rooms to top off your workout.

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Tennis & Pickleball Courts

Right past Boathouse Row and across the street from the pavilion, you’ll find har-tru clay tennis courts and River Dunes’ newest amenity – Pickleball Courts - that are professionally maintained with windscreens, automatic lighting, parking and bike racks for a morning set or an organized round-robin.

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We want our guests to enjoy the natural beauty and hundreds of acres of conservation that we cherish at River Dunes. Nature trails start down Preservation Road and wind through wooded forests so that you can take in the full experience of the outdoors here.

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Billiards & Games

On the first floor of the Harbor Club is a lounge for members and overnight guests to enjoy. Play a friendly game of billiards on the pool table or compete in a board game in the lending library.


Spa + Fitness at River Dunes

We make it easy to stick to your fitness routine or take the time to relax at River Dunes. Set in the heart of the Harbor Village, our 4,000 square foot Wellness & Fitness Facility overlooks the Neuse River and the well-appointed Grace Harbor Village & Marina.