The Crystal Coast of North Carolina has long been enjoyed by visitors, but what gives it such a glistening name? Perhaps more than you know.

The most defining landmark in the area is Cape Lookout Lighthouse – known locally as the “Diamond Lady” based on its black and white daymark. Standing regally at the southern tip of Cape Lookout National Seashore, the views from its pristine beaches are only rivaled by the view from the top, which can be enjoyed on scheduled, guided tours by National Park Service rangers at select times of the year.

The emerald waters along Bogue Banks add even more glisten to the area with the warm Gulf Stream bringing a tropical vibe to this uniquely southern facing beach. Whether you’re fishing, surfing, paddling or just laying on the sand, crystals seem to shimmer across the ocean as the sunshine lights your day.

Finally, as is true for all great destinations, the people, businesses and events of the Crystal Coast are the facets that really bring it to life. With lodging for every lifestyle and budget, diverse dining driven by a sustainable seafood movement and award-winning events throughout the year, you’re sure to find your place at the Crystal Coast.

Come discover North Carolina’s Gem.