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 opportunities for personal discovery. Whether you’re a seasoned solitary wanderer or a newcomer to the thrill of traveling alone, your journey is set by your own timeline and desires on the Crystal Coast. Welcome to a vacation where the only compromises you make are with yourself. Embrace the freedom of your favorite culinary delights, linger in hidden gems, and create memories unbound by schedules or obligations. Paint your own adventure as you discover top ten things to do as you visit the Crystal Coast:

Cape Lookout SUP1. Discover Cape Lookout National Seashore: Hop on a ferry from Harkers Island to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, where untouched beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Get an up-close look at the historic lighthouse, shell hunt along pristine shores, and revel in the solitude of this coastal sanctuary. To discover the island on wheels, rent a Kubota UTV, and drive as far as the eye can see.

Dude Kayaking2. Navigate the Salt Marshes: Explore the intricate network of salt marshes and estuaries teeming with wildlife by kayak or stand-up paddle board. Rent your vessel of choice and embark on a solo expedition, immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Crystal Coast.

Fort Macon from above3. Explore Fort Macon State Park: History buffs and nature enthusiasts alike will find solace in Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach. Wander through the preserved fort, delve into its storied past, and hike scenic trails through ocean oak trees offering panoramic views of the coastline and dunes.

Seafood platter4. Sample Fresh Seafood: Indulge your taste buds in the freshest seafood the coast has to offer. From succulent shrimp and blue crabs to mouthwatering oysters and fish caught that same day, local restaurants on the Crystal Coast serve up culinary delights that are the essence of coastal living.

Pristine Beach5. Relax on Emerald Isle: Sink your toes into the sugar-white sands of the beaches of Emerald Isle, a haven for solo travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Grab your favorite book and take-in the gentle ocean breeze, soak up the sun’s warm embrace, and let the rhythm of waves soothe your soul. For the more adventurous, rent a bike and cruise through wooded areas and downtown shops on the 11-mile bicycle path that extends from The Point at the end of the island to Indian Beach.

Cast a Line6. Go Fishing: Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first timer, fishing on the Crystal Coast is an experience not to be missed. Charter a boat and try your luck at the Gulf Stream where a bounty of game fish awaits beneath the warm blue waters or cast a line from shore or one of the many piers to catch a Drum, Mackerel, or Flounder that will make a delicious trip from hook to frying pan.

Aquarium7. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: Dive into the depths of marine life at the Aquarium, where interactive exhibits and captivating displays showcase the wonders of the ocean. Marvel at colorful reefs, encounter majestic sea turtles and native fish, and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of our underwater world.

Woman on Bike8. Stroll through the Beaufort Historic District: Step back in time as you wander through the charming streets of Beaufort’s waterfront Historic District, adorned with beautiful cottages and centuries-old oak trees. To cover more ground, rent a bike and explore historic landmarks, browse boutique shops, and immerse yourself in the timeless allure of this coastal gem. Grab a rum drink at one of the waterfront restaurants and imagine what it was like for infamous pirates like Blackbeard to sail through pods of dolphins and wreak havoc among the historic streets of the Crystal Coast.

Trio of Dolphins

9. Embark on a Wild Horse and Dolphin Watching Cruise: Set sail on a wildlife cruise along the Crystal Coast, where playful pods of dolphins dance in the wake of passing boats, wild horses graze along uninhabited islands, and seabirds soar through the warm breeze.

Emerald Isle Sunset10.  Catch a Breathtaking Sunrise or Sunset: End your day on a sublime note by witnessing a breathtaking sunset over the waters of the Crystal Coast. Or begin your day with the sun peaking over the horizon and lighting up the sky. With our south-facing beaches, you have the unique opportunity of witnessing both on the shores of the Crystal Coast, so let the kaleidoscope of colors paint the sky and leave you in awe.

Woman Paddling with HorsesThe Crystal Coast beckons solo travelers with its blend of coastal splendor, cultural richness, and boundless adventures. From secluded beaches to historic landmarks, this place promises unforgettable experiences for every wanderer. So pack your bags, find a wonderful place to stay here, and set sail on your solo journey.