The Crystal Coast is comprised of salt water, sandy beaches, ocean breezes and of course the casual "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" atmosphere that continually draw our many visitors year after year!
From a Carolina sunrise to sunset, you'll meander through the local towns steeped in history and hospitality, your day can be what you make it, each area, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Salter Path and of course Down East are all different and offer an array of events, activities and scenic vistas that will make your memories last a lifetime! Carteret County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina and is centrally located on the North Carolina coast. It provides a great climate for many variations of plants, bird sanctuaries, and of course the exotic marine life. Our home, the Outer Banks has been a wonder and joy for many generations and will be for many more.
The town of Atlantic Beach waits with baited breath to greet the many beach goers each year. The oldest of five resort towns along the 30-mile length of Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach has been welcoming visitors by boat then ferry and finally the Atlantic Beach Causeway. Along with public beach access, first rate accommodations, and the easy-going lifestyle is why so many call it home or their home away from home. As the ocean tide is ever changing so is our community. Growth and development is underway and will bring exciting changes to our waterfront town, but Atlantic Beach will never lose it's small town hospitality!
Beaufort, North Carolina's third oldest city will greet you at the Grayden Paul Drawbridge with it's rich past and small town charm. The history of Beaufort is based on the sea which runs the gamut of pirates to patriots. From Black Beard's Flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge to the many treasures on exhibit by the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Strolling Beaufort's Historic Front Street, you will enjoy the shops, historic homes, charter boats, dining and you may even catch a glimpse of the Wild Ponies of Carrot Island. The Beaufort Historic Site will be your trail to stepping back in time and will make Beaufort a favorite spot to explore.
Morehead City is a prime example of coastal living with the boat-to-table seafood restaurants, charter fishing fleets and a waterfront filled with galleries, shops and more! Being the cornerstone of a busy state port, Morehead City is a growing community and is one of only two North Carolina State Ports. If you enjoy the water, a dinner cruise, spending the day fishing, or diving, Morehead City has it all!
Down East encompasses the communities of Atlantic, Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island, Lola, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy, Straits, and Williston. Each community is rich in its maritime heritage. The many shops feature local crafts and decoys, coastal art and restaurants featuring the freshest seafood around. The Heritage Center Strives to preserve the Down East region's strong heritage focusing on decoy carving, boat building, storytelling, oral histories, local writers traditional music, hunting and fishing shills. Each generation takes great pride in passing along the rich past which will encompass you from your very first visit.
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