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Boating on The Crystal Coast

Boating on the Crystal Coast offers visitors a chance to explore our waterways from the ocean to the sounds and rivers, in addition to exploring barrier islands and finding your own piece of paradise!

What makes boating so special on the Crystal Coast is the access to pristine and un-crowded waterways. Boat ramps can be found from Emerald Island to Atlantic Beach, from Morehead City to Beaufort and DownEast. Many of the boating access areas are new with ample parking for trailers and offer multiple launch ramps. Within minutes you can be fishing, picnicking on a sandbar or watching the wild horses roam on the Banks.

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Boating on the Crystal Coast gives you access to experience things that are very unique to our area. By boat you can go explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore and spend the day anchored in front of the diamond lady lighthouse. Or, you can motor along Taylors Creek taking in the scenery and tie up for lunch on the Beaufort waterfront. Along the Morehead City waterfront, you can watch the sport fish boats bring in their catch for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament or anchor to watch the spectacular fireworks display on Fourth of July. Want to go tubing or kneeboarding? There are plenty of places for family fun along the sounds of Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle.

Boats are also a wonderful way to go explore the creeks and marshes of the Crystal Coast. Within the meandering waterways, a boater can discover a new secret fishing spot, watch dolphins frolicking, cast net for succulent shrimp or photograph pelicans and other shore birds posing along the Banks.

70 West Marina

A North Carolina landmark for more than 40 years, 70 West Marina is a full-service marina equipped to handle all of your boating needs.

View Website 4401 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-5171

Ahoy Boat Rentals

Half Day and Full Day Rentals Power boat rentals: 23' Pontoons & 19' Carolina Skiffs.

View Website 232 West Beaufort Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-1900

Airport Marina

294 W. Beaufort Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-2010

Anchorage Marina

Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishing. Add to that one of the area’s best boat ramps, ample parking, and a fully-stocked ship store—featuring everything for the serious fisherman along with food, drinks, boat parts/supplies, navigational charts, and more—and Anchorage Marina truly is A Fisherman’s Paradise!

View Website 517 E. Fort Macon Rd.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-4423

Barrier Island Kayaks

Nearest outfitter to Bear Island (Hammocks Beach State Park).

View Website 160 Cedar Point Blvd
Cedar Island, NC 28584
(252) 393-6457

Beaufort Docks Marina

500 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-2503

Beaufort Paddle

Stand Up paddle board, kayaks, rentals, lessons, tours

View Website 424 Old Causeway Road
Beaufort, Beauf 28516
(252) 725-3065

Captain Stacy Fishing Center

Welcome to Capt. Stacy Fishing Center, your source for Emerald Isle, North Carolina fishing trips. We offer shark fishing trips, marlin fishing trips and a number of other sportfishing trips for you to enjoy. We have over 50 years of fishing experience and will have you well on your way to hooking a marlin on one of our half day, full day or overnight fishing excursions.

View Website 416 Atlantic Beach Cswy.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 247-7501
or (800) 533-9417

Coral Bay Marina

Coral Bay Marina offers boat storage and great maintenance on-site.

View Website 4531 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-4231

Dockside Marina and Ships Store

301 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-4890

Dragonfly Parasail

Parasailing boat tours offer spectacular aeriel views of Fort Macon State Park, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, wild horses on Shackelford Banks and the abundant sea life of this beautiful inlet.

View Website 517 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 422-5500

Dudley's Marina

Dudley's Marina is a full service marina that can accommodate vessels up to 125'. The marina has both floating and stationary docks. The staff monitors VHF channel 16. Summer hours are from sunrise to sunset daily and winter hours are 6am-7pm daily. We only close on Christmas Day. The marina building houses the dock offices and a complete ship's store. Transient sail and power yachts are always welcome.

View Website 106 Cedar Point Blvd.
Cape Carteret, NC 28584
(252) 393-2204

Emerald Isle Adventures, Inc.

Captains Roy and Hunter Heverly both were born and raised fishing the waters around Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast. We offer great family fun as well as hard core fishing trips. Our main goal is to make sure you have a great time and catch fish. We depart from Island Harbor Marina in Emerald Isle which is close to Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, and Beaufort Inlet. Our local waters have great fishing and you don't have to go far to do it.

View Website 510 West Marina Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(910) 538-2749

Emerald Isle Boating Access Area

The access includes 4 ramps and 112 vehicle/trailer spaces, making it the largest public boat launching facility along the North Carolina coast.

The access will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NC 58 (Emerald Drive) near Mile Marker 18-adjacent to Chapel by the Sea
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Fort Macon Marina

Fort Macon Marina has been family-owned and operated for 36 years as Carteret County's full service boating facility providing you with services for all of your boating needs. We offer dry storage, forklift service, bottom cleaning/painting, detailing, and engine parts and repair. We are factory authorized to service Suzuki, Yamaha, and Volvo Penta engines. We are the largest dealer for Suzuki engines in Carteret County, specializing in repowers. We offer new boat sales of the following brands: World Cat, Livingston, Carolina Cat (all made by the Powercat group) and C-Hawk. We also offer brokerage sales of used boats - Use the links to the left to learn more about these products. We have a ship store on site with all of your boating supplies, including engines and parts, boat hardware & accessories, vending items, gasoline/oil and more. Call or come visit today and let us make your boating experience as enjoyable as it can be!

View Website 417 E. Fort Macon Rd.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-2055

Homer's Point Marina

Homer's Point Marina & Seafood provides the perfect launching point for your fishing, boating, and family fun on the water. We offer boat rentals, fishing charters, boat slips, gas, boating supplies, and fresh seafood. We are located in Salter Path, right next to Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We are right next to the Crab Shack Restaurant. Come visit us before or after your meal.

View Website 160 Shore Dr.
Salter Path, NC 28575
(252) 247-3676

Hot Wax Surf Shop And Camp

At HOT WAX SURF SHOP we are celebrating our 25th year as a core family owned surf shop with everything you need to surf, including the best instruction on the east coast. Brand name Sportswear, Clothing, Sunglasses, Hats, sandals and Accessories. A large selection of HOT WAX Tees for the entire family starting at only $12.99. Emerald Isle's largest selection of Surfboards, Stand-up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Skimmers, and Body boards, surfboard accessories, sales & repair. Used surf board appraisals are also available. Complete WATERSPORTS rentals, a wide verity of sizes and types to meet your needs. www.hotwaxsurf.com 252-354-6466.

View Website 200 Mallard Street
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-6466

Houseboat Rentals On The Crystal Coast

Houseboat rentals include a skiff for exploring Crystal Coast islands. All details included. A perfect getaway.

View Website 324 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-4129

Island Harbor Marina

With channel access off the ICW, Island Harbor Marina has 150 wet slips for boats up to 50 feet, three launch ramps, a ships store, gas and diesel fuel, fenced storage for boats on trailers and boat rentals.

510 W. Marina Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-3106

Morehead City Docks

The newly-completed Morehead City Docks is a mid-Atlantic stopping point for those cruising north/south, fishing the Bogue / Core Sound and Outer Banks’ waters, or beginning the ocean voyage to the Caribbean and beyond. This sheltered, deep-water basin has 8-10 foot minimum depths at dockside, and easy access to the Intra-coastal Waterway and Beaufort Inlet. MCD now offers 10 slips (26 ft. to 50. ft. long with widths to 24 ft.). Floating docks assure easy passenger access to docked vessels regardless of tide conditions. Amenities include: electric hookups and water.

View Website 9th & Shepard St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-2457

Morehead City Yacht Basin

This prime locale was selected nearly a century ago; establishing it as the first marina in the area. Morehead City Yacht Basin is a world-class, premier marina in the Mid-Atlantic area adjacent to the ICW. Conveniently situated in historic downtown Morehead City, within walking distance of many fine restaurants, shopping and a short distance from the beach. Only a few hundred feet west of the ICW just north of the Morehead City causeway bridge and State Port, the Calico Creek deep water channel leads to a well protected basin dredged to a depth of 10-13 feet at mean low water.

View Website 208 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-6862

Morehead Sports Marina, Radio Island

Radio Island Marina is conveniently located at the base of the high rise bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. We are the closest marina to Beaufort Inlet, providing easy access to the ICW, Shackelford Banks, Cape Lookout, Beaufort Inlet, and the Beaufort and Morehead City Waterfronts. At Radio Island Marina we offer a full range of support so your family boating experience is an enjoyable package. From our fully stocked ship’s store with fuel sales on site, to our well appointed clubroom for relaxing with your family, our service department that keeps your boat in top running condition, Radio Island Marina takes care of your family.

View Website 202 Radio Island Rd,
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-5676

Morehead/Beaufort Causeway Boat Launch

The Morehead/Beaufort Causeway boat launch is on the left as you come off the high rise bridge going east toward Beaufort. There is also a public pier for fishing.

Morris Marina Ferry Service

Passenger and 4-wheel drive vehicle ferry service to North Core Banks and Portsmouth operates mid-March through early December. Pets on leash or in vehicles are accommodated.

View Website 1000 Morris Marina Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28511
(252) 225-4261

Ocean Venture Rentals

A Rental Business company that rents Jet Skis, Kayaks, Bicycles, Surfboards, Paddle Boards, Beach Chairs and Umbrellas.

View Website 612 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 422-0520

Olde Town Yacht Club

Olde Towne is ideally located less than one mile from both the Intracoastal Waterway or Beaufort Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. Within a few minutes, the boater can be at Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout or the fertile fishing grounds of the Gulf Stream. Amenities include a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the marina and Taylor’s Creek, large bathroom facilities with showers, laundry room, security gate, fitness room, steam room, diesel fuel available at every slip and a large swimming pool with a whirlpool.

View Website 100 Olde Towne Yacht Club Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-3066

Portside Marina

Portside Marina is the Carolinas’ best kept secret with deep water slips and dockage for vessels up to 125 feet. We also offer complete marina services including deep water slips, transient boat slips, dry stack storage, professional boat maintenance & repair, a complete ship store, and fuel docks.

View Website 209 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7678

Radio Island Marina

Radio Island Marina is conveniently located at the base of the high rise bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. We are the closest marina to Beaufort Inlet, providing easy access to the ICW, Shackelford Banks, Cape Lookout, Beaufort Inlet, and the Beaufort and Morehead City Waterfronts. At Radio Island Marina we offer a full range of support so your family boating experience is an enjoyable package. From our fully stocked ship’s store with fuel sales on site, to our well appointed clubroom for relaxing with your family, our service department that keeps your boat in top running condition, Radio Island Marina takes care of your family.

View Website 156 Radio Island Rd.
Morehead City, NC 28516
(252) 726-3773

Sea Water Marina

Located on the Atlantic Beach Causeway. 25 wet slips, on-site fuel stations, and ship's store.

400 Morehead Ave.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-2707

Taylor's Creek Boat Ramp

Curtis A. Perry Park is a public ramp with four launching areas into Taylor's Creek. The park is at the east end of Front Street near the tennis courts. A comfort station is available.

East end of Front Street (at Lennoxville Road)
Beaufort, NC 28516

Town Creek Marina

At Town Creek Marina you'll enjoy a full array of yacht and boating services, coupled with an atmosphere of relaxation and hospitality. We have all the amenities you expect from a marina, including diesel and gasoline engine maintenance, dry stacking, in-slip refueling, boating parts and supplies.

View Website 232 W. Beaufort Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-6111

Watersports Rentals

WaterSports Rentals located on the border of Emerald Isle and Indian Beach has everything water related to suit all ages. From Jet Ski rentals to kayaks there is something for everyone. The kayaks can be delivered to your beach home free of charge. Looking for a little more speed, take the family on the Banana Boat and you are guaranteed to talk about it the rest of the day. If you are looking to relax while getting a good core workout, then a Paddle Board on the calm waters of Bogue Sound is what your looking for. Also, for the thrill seekers in the group we now offer the FlyBoard, a jet powered board that is sure to satisfy all your adrenaline needs. We also offer beach equipment and surfboard rentals. Call in advance for reservations!

View Website 1940 Salter Path Road
Indian Beach, NC 28575
(252) 247-7303

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