Renowned for its untamed beauty, the Crystal Coast is set in the center of North Carolina’s coastline. Hop a ferry to explore undeveloped beaches and the wild horses, sea turtles and dolphins that live there, or go below the surface in one of the top diving destinations in North America.

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  • 85 Miles of Coastline
  • Cape Lookout Lighthouse
  • Home of “America’s Favorite Town”
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Wild Spanish Mustangs
  • Scuba Diving & Water Sports

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Winter 58°
Spring 71°
Summer 86°
Fall 76°

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U.S. Route 70
N.C. Highway 12
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN)
Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ)

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