Sailboat on the Intercoastal

The Crystal Coast - Southern Outer Banks®

The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of beaches known as the Southern Outer Banks. The collection of beaches and towns offers a unique blend of history, family fun, water sports and natural areas. Explore our beaches and activities sections to find areas that appeal to you. Once you choose which areas you'll be visiting on your stay, browse restaurants, venues, places to stay and more to customize your vacation.

Explore the Crystal Coast

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Few experiences stir the senses like dining on freshly caught seafood along the ocean’s edge. Our long history of fishing combined with North Carolina’s rich culinary culture has...

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Water Activities

With more than 85 miles of coastline and a variety of waterways, the Crystal Coast is a playground for water sports activities throughout the year.

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Places To Stay

From quaint bed and breakfasts, outstanding hotels, historic beachfront homes, to cozy cottages by the sea — you’ll discover your castle near the sand, complete with exceptional...

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Annual Events

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Annual Events

The Great Holiday Laser Show

Carteret County Speedway

Emerald Owl Productions, Inc. (EOP) and The Carteret County Speedway are partnering for a second...

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Upcoming Events

35th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild

Behind the Scenes Tour: At a Glance

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

From the Blog

From the Blog

Ring in the New Year with Coastal Charm: The Crystal Coast’s Unique Celebrations

As the year draws to a close, there’s no better way to bid farewell to the old and welcome the new than on the picturesque Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant waterfront communities, and unique...

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