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

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Join us for a weekend full of artists and exhibits all waterfowl related!

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Upcoming Events

Behind the Scenes Tour: At a Glance

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Brittany Davis Live

Bogue Sound Distillery

From the Blog

From the Blog

5 Crystal Coast Adventures For Little Ones + FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt

The Crystal Coast is a natural wonderland for youngsters. Famous for its sandy shores and gentle ocean waves, there’s plenty of fun for families on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. It’s home to gorgeous beaches,...

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