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Plan your getaway around a signature event or find out what’s happening during your visit. From quick weekend trips to longer stays, you might watch a hammer throw competition at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, sample sounds where they were born at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, go for the top prize in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, or enjoy seasonal events like July 4th celebrations and Christmas light displays.
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Whether you seek something secluded, active or just plain unspoiled, there are a number of beaches waiting for you and your family at the Crystal…
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Atlantic Beach (10.41 mile)
The Crystal Kai SUP Cup is the Crystal Coast's first SUP weekend – with racing action for Elite, Open & Groms. The event takes place at Atlantic Beach and promises to offer SUP for the whole family.
Beaufort (6.27 mile)
Each year during the museum’s August traditional skiff sailing event boaters race around the islands for the Shanghai Trophy. This race starts in front on the Watercraft Center at about 9 a.m.
Atlantic Beach (7.11 mile)
Visitors can tour a 47-foot motor lifeboat provided by Sector NC from Station Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach. They are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Harkers Island (0.39 mile)
Located in the beautiful Down East town of Harkers Island on the Crystal Cost, the Captain's Choice buffet is an island favorite!
Harkers Island (0.87 mile)
A casual lunch spot located in Harkers Island on the Crystal Coast.
Beaufort (5.15 mile)
Located in beautiful Beaufort, this laid-back but fun bar & grill. Chargrilled seafood and steaks. Nightly drink specials.
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Harkers Island (0.44 mile)
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Within sight of the Cape Lookout lighthouse, the Harkers Island Fishing Center offers accommodations as well as guided inshore and offshore fishing.
Harkers Island (1.45 mile)
Located in Harkers Island on NC’s Southern Outer Banks on the Crystal Coast.Cape Lookout Rentals offers 14 cottages on Harkers Island for weekly re...
Harkers Island (1.55 mile)
Located in historic Beaufort and Harkers Island, a great choice for finding your vacation home or long-term rental. Featuring homes in Historic Bea...
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