Visitor Travel Advisory

The Coast is Calling

Visitors Restrictions Lift Saturday, May 9

In line with Executive Order 138, The Crystal Coast (Carteret County) will lift restrictions on entry for visitors beginning Saturday, May 9 at 12:00 a.m. This decision follows Governor Roy Cooper’s modifications to North Carolina’s Stay at Home order, as we transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.


Amendments (to the Carteret County State of Emergency Proclamation – which expired April 19, 2020) lift the restrictions on travel into Carteret County by those who are not residents or property owners, and allows the rentals of a hotel room, motel room, rental-housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.


As health remains The Crystal Coast’s top priority, visitors should continue to follow guidance provided by Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order as well as that of health officials. Visitors are reminded:

  • Social distancing guidelines are still in place.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people or less.
  • Restaurants across North Carolina must remain closed for dine-in meals, per Executive Order 138. Only take-out, drive-through, and delivery services are allowed.
  • Crystal Coast waters/beaches are open for outdoor recreational use. However, all beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.


Please note, the CDC recommends not traveling if you are sick or were recently exposed (within 14 days) to COVID-19. Additionally, the CDC recommends the following measures to protect yourself and others during a trip:

  • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores. Do not dine in restaurants if that is prohibited by state or local guidance.


Before traveling to The Crystal Coast, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans. Additionally, travelers are encouraged to bring necessary supplies with them due to national supply chain issues (these items include, but are not limited to: paper products, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and basic grocery items).


We believe in responsible, healthy travel — whether you are traveling now or in the future, we are ready to welcome you with warm hospitality, and an unwavering commitment to your safety. With due diligence, together we can responsibly enjoy the miles of coastline, glimmering beaches and crystalline waters of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.