The Crystal Coast has something to offer everyone—beach-goers, golfers, families, history buffs and the list goes on. Here the perfect beach vacation combines seamlessly with pristine nature, history and coastal living. Come and discover what makes the Crystal Coast so spectacular.
The Crystal Coast is a collective name for the seaside communities south of the Outer Banks. It starts at New Bern in the north and ends south at Bogue Banks. Included are beautiful beaches like Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, as well as towns rich with history like Beaufort and Swansboro. The beaches are some of the best you’ll find on the East Coast, but without much of the hustle and bustle you’ll find in other coastal towns. It also happens to be an area of deep historical significance to North Carolina.
This area has seen so much—pirates, Civil War battles and a thriving fishing trade. You’ll find historic homes, museums and an infamous history. In fact, just three miles off the coast lie the remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the pirate’s dreaded ship. And that’s not all! 2,000 sea vessels met a watery end off the coast. Diving in these warm, clear waters is a very popular pastime. Below the ocean’s surface, see history up close.
Tons of waterways crisscross the Crystal Coast, so come explore by boat, kayak or canoe. This area also boasts the longest fishing season on the Atlantic Coast, so you can angle up some fish all year round! The multiple species caught throughout these waters often make an appearance at area restaurants. The dining here ranges from fine to casual, but everywhere you’ll be greeted with hospitality.
Come learn about the amazing history or just come for the peace and solitude. See the wonder of nature at Cape Lookout National Seashore or soak up some rays. No matter what you do, the stress of daily living will melt away. Enjoy exploring the Crystal Coast!
LOCAL BUSINESS SNAPSHOTS
Read more about some amazing local businesses here in the Crystal Coast.