Crystal Blue Waters Await at
North Carolina’s Crystal Coast
Imagine a place with shaded maritime forests, crystalline ocean waters, winding inlets and scenic marshes, coupled with a phenomenal array of natural and manmade attrac- tions, make it a true ‘vacation destination’—or an incredible
with incredible restaurants featuring fresh-from-the-boat place to call home.
seafood, unique shops and boutiques, unparalleled diving
The area is comprised of a number of islands, cities and
and a host of recreational activities. On the Crystal Coast, beach towns, most notably Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach,
nature is never far away. The islands are situated east-west, Morehead City, Indian Beach, New Bern and Beaufort.
so that lucky residents are able to witness the sun as it rises
In fact, the entire Crystal Coast, with its network of inlets,
out of the sparkling water each morning and as it sinks sounds, marshes and waterways, is a kayaker’s dream come
below the horizon each night. On one side of the island true. The amazing array of wildlife, the lush maritime forests
chain courses the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other, the and the sparkling water have inspired paddling trails, from
Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound. All of that and Morehead City to Beaufort to Harker’s Island and from
more can be found along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.
White Oak River to Bear Island.
Discover the Crystal Coast
Things to Do
The Crystal Coast consists of 85 miles of sand shoreline,
Nature is never far away on the Crystal Coast. Between the
56 of which are protected within the Cape Lookout National Atlantic Ocean, Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway,
Seashore. This string of barrier islands in the southern Outer outdoor lovers can participate in numerous activities. Just one
Banks is one of the world’s only remaining natural barrier of two places in North American blessed with the warm Gulf
island systems. Part of what makes this area so special is Stream current, the Crystal Coast boasts shimmering blue
its isolation. The solitude and peace found there, combined waters reminiscent of the Caribbean and giving rise to the
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