Communities of the Crystal Coast

While our communities situated along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast are unique in several ways, they all have one thing in common. We will go out of its way to make you feel welcome. No matter where you go, a friendly smile will be there to greet you. It makes the comfortable accommodations a little cozier, the fresh-caught seafood dinner a little tastier and your vacation a little more enjoyable.

Each of our regions provides a unique experience for our guests from historical tours learning about Blackbeard and his escapades to our many events and festivals. View our map below highlighting our regions to learn more about what makes up the Crystal Coast.

Atlantic Beach, NC

A classic beach town with a family twist, Atlantic Beach has been a favorite coastal destination since the 1930s. Pack up the family car and take a drive to the quaint Boardwalk area to shop, dine and play in the surf. Don’t miss Fort Macon State Park.

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Beaufort, NC

This third oldest town in North Carolina has been ranked as “America’s Coolest Small Town” for a reason—it offers a peek into the past, mixed with modern North Carolina. Visit relics pulled from the wreckage of one of Blackbeard the pirate’s actual ships.

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Cape Lookout, NC

The iconic black-and-white checkered lighthouse sitting on its shore lights Cape Lookout each evening. The undeveloped islands surrounding the lighthouse make up Cape Lookout National Seashore, primed for camping, canoeing and late-night stargazing.

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Emerald Isle, NC

Tuck yourself away in the lush, natural environment of Emerald Isle. If you’re in need of relaxation, beautiful sunsets and to be enveloped by nature, this is your paradise. Choose a quaint beach cottage or elegant sandcastle to get away from it all.

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Harkers Island, NC

Nestled Down East, Harkers Island is one of those special places with magic in the air that makes every day a memory. Wild horses roam free on its Shackleford Banks—also a astounding location for shelling, bird watching and fishing.

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Indian Beach, NC

Looking for some action during your beach stay? Indian Beach is The Crystal Coast’s family fun destination. Bumper boats, mini golf, surfing and more make this beach your go-to for adventure.

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Morehead City, NC

The sea drives the day in Morehead City Whether it be the wood bat Morehead City Marlins rounding the bases to score one for the home team or fishing boats docking to deliver their catches of the day to the fresh seafood restaurants located nearby.

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Pine Knoll Shores, NC

With the Theodore Roosevelt Natural forest area and the North Carolina Aquarium nearby, Pine Knoll Shores offers exciting exploration of both land and sea. See stingrays, sharks and even a rare white sea turtle in the aquarium, then hop out to the beach.

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Salter Path, NC

We know why Blackbeard himself often holed up in Salter Path. Soak in some rays and get a taste of what makes Salter Path so special at one of the many highly rated eateries in the area.

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Down East, NC

Down East refers to the rural waterfront communities east of Beaufort that begins at the North River Bridge, which offer a slower pace of life and picturesque scenery. The portion of U.S. 70 that runs through Down East is designated as a NC Scenic Byway.

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Western Crystal Coast, NC

The Western Crystal Coast region (Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Stella, and Pelletier) offers a relaxed, “down home” atmosphere conveniently located to beautiful beaches and a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Group Travel

Looking for an ideal location for your upcoming business retreat? Trying to find the perfect spot for your beach wedding? View our Group Travel section and learn more about how the Crystal Coast is the perfect spot for your group travel needs.

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Deals and Specials

From wonderful accommodations to fantastic things to do, the Crystal Coast has plenty of specials that can make your trip even more affordable.

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