Crystal Coast Beaches
Also referred to as North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks, the Crystal Coast is a study in variety. From the 25.4-mile long barrier island of Bogue Banks to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, you’ll find a beach for every taste. With Fort Macon State Park on the east, and Bogue Sound on the north, these south facing beaches are a rare find along America’s east coast.
If history is your thing, the Crystal Coast has it. Visit Fort Macon and see a Civil War reenactment. Nearby Beaufort has everything from pirate lore at the North Carolina Maritime Museum to great restaurants and shopping. Explore the ocean’s ecology at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores or visit the Rachel Carson Reserve, a protected marine research area for fish, waterfowl and other wildlife. Take a ferry to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Harkers Island or learn about the wild Shackleford ponies. For a change of pace and a great evening of family entertainment, take in a performance of the Crystal Coast Jamboree in Morehead City.
The Crystal Coast beaches offer all you could want in the way of watersports, sun, sand and sea. Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path and Indian Beach all have fishing charters available, kayaking, parasailing, boat rentals, you name it.
So what are you waiting for? Start your Crystal Coast vacation planning now. Contact the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority.
|Crystal Coast Beaches||National Seashore||Mainland Towns|
|Atlantic Beach||Cape Lookout National Seashore||Beaufort|
|Emerald Isle||Cedar Island|
|Indian Beach||Morehead City|
|Pine Knoll Shores|
By Pam Watson
By Pam Watson
added: December 18, 2008
updated: May 6, 2011