Life in Carteret County:

The Top 5 Crystal Coast Towns for Your Vacation Home

Considering buying a home in Carteret County but wondering just which community is right for you? Explore some of the top waterfront communities of the Crystal Coast to decide which is best for you. It's time to spend your summer vacation by the sea!

Morehead City

The most populous and happening town of the Crystal Coast, filled with quaint shops, authentic eateries, legendary fishing tournaments and events, and access to all the Crystal Coast.

Best for: Those seeking, events, excitement, and entertainment, as well as boating and fishing and access to parks, beaches, and outdoor attractions.


A vibrant and charming seaside town offering a relaxed maritime lifestyle filled with opportunities for excitement.

Best for: Those seeking the perfect blend of historic small-town charm, fun events, and boating opportunities.

Indian Beach

A small town of beautiful beaches, plenty of boating opportunities, and even a few touristy attractions in the middle of the Southern Outer Banks.

Best for: Those seeking beaches, waterfront real estate, Intracoastal access, and some small-town amenities.

Pine Knoll Shores

A small, mostly residential town of exquisite beaches and waterfront living located on the Southern Outer Banks just minutes from all the best of the Crystal Coast.

Best for: Those seeking plenty of beaches or boating, quiet residential areas, and easy access to nearby attractions, events, and amenities.

Harker's Island

A quiet seaside village that seems to have somehow escaped the passage of time and remains steeped in historic traditions.

Best for: Those seeking quiet, seclusion, and a true seaside village experience in a placid community rich in heritage and historic culture.

Crystal Coast Real Estate

These aren't the only communities  to love in the Crystal Coast! Learn even more about the fabulous towns here, explore some beautiful vacation homes for sale, and then contact a top Carteret County Realtor at Linda Rike Realty to kick off your vacation!

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