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

Upcoming Events

2023 Morehead City Marlins Baseball Games

Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium

Beach Yoga Begins

Western beach Access at 101 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle NC 28594

Behind the Scenes Tour: At a Glance

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

From the Blog

From the Blog

Surf Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Imagine reeling in the freshest fish in time for dinner without even having to step foot on a boat! Surf fishing here on the Crystal Coast can line your dining table with an array of fish for your very own seafood buffet. Follow along as we...

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