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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

18th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

An annual staple in Carteret County, NC in the small quaint town of Beaufort, the 18th Annual...

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Upcoming Events

37th Annual Carteret County Senior Games

Carteret County Parks & Recreation Department

Game Night at Cru

Cru Wine Bar & The Wine Store

From the Blog

From the Blog

Exploring Solo: Top Ten Experiences on the Crystal Coast

Welcome to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, where the sun-kissed shores invite solo travelers to embrace a symphony of tranquility and excitement. Here, travelers seeking coastal charm and vibrant experiences find countless...

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