About The Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of beaches known as the Southern Outer Banks. The collection of beaches and communities offers a unique blend of history, family fun, water activities and explorable 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, attractions and more to customize your stay. 

Planning a visit to the Southern Outer Banks is a breeze with an abundance of oceanfront rental homes lining our pristine beaches, or simply enjoy the many relaxing full service amenities our exceptional hotels have to offer. 

There are so many things to do along the Crystal Coast during your visit. Many have difficulty leaving the beach, but ultimately our famous seafood is calling. What better way to relax than enjoying an exceptional meal and an ice cold drink at one of our many waterfront restaurants and bars.

For the adventurous, ferries and tour boats will shuttle you out to our eminent Cape Lookout Lighthouse, where on the way you will see wild horses and playful dolphins. For the land lubbers, don’t miss our many historic tours, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, the North Carolina Maritime Museum or incredible Fort Macon. There is absolutely no doubt that with all there is to do and see, an annual vacation to the Crystal Coast will be in your plans.