Lifestyles of Carteret County

Vacation the Crystal Coast

Considering a vacation on the Crystal Coast? We don’t blame you—with breathtaking beaches, quaint towns and charming communities, a lively fishing culture, and plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy some truly beautiful weather, the Crystal Coast is pretty much the ideal location for anyone seeking a relaxed shoreside retreat. So take some time to discover the many wonderful opportunities available for entertainment, excitement, relaxation, exploration, and more!

Discover the Best of the Crystal Coast

Exciting downtown events and festivals, a plethora of shopping and dining, historic museums and sites, live music and entertainment, unique educational experiences... its no mystery why the communities and attractions of the Crystal Coast draw visitors from miles around to experience its truly one-of-a-kind culture. The Crystal Coast is a shoreside vacation unlike any other!

Must-See Attractions

1. Morehead City Waterfront

Shop, dine, and discover in Downtown Morehead City! Sample the best seafood you’ve ever tasted, stroll the scenic waterfront streets, head out to the marina for some fishing, or enjoy a top event.

2. Historic Downtown Beaufort

Explore one of the most visited town centers of the Inner Banks, Downtown Beaufort! History meets small-town charm on the picturesque streets of downtown Beaufort.

3. North Carolina Maritime Museum

Step back through the ages and explore the development of Eastern North Carolina at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, from its strong fishing culture to its connected community.

4. NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores

Discover a world of interesting creatures as the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Take a break from the sand and the sun to learn more about the amazing creatures of the sea.

5. Carteret Community Theatre

Catch a local show at the Carteret Community Theatre of Downtown Morehead City. From musical performances by top local musicians to comedy shows to educational symposiums, there’s something for everyone!

Beach, Surf & Swim the Crystal Coast

The options for Atlantic beachgoing on the Crystal Coast are nearly endless. The communities of Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach offer miles of combined Atlantic waterfront and pristine white beaches with plenty of public access. Communities such as Morehead City and Beaufort offer ferries to the Shackleford Banks, known for its miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline and, yes, its wild horses. And don’t forget the possibilities of heading out to open ocean—either with your own private vessel or a charter—to fish, explore, swim, snorkel, or scuba!

The Top 5 Outdoor Adventures

1. Shackleford Banks

Home to wild horses and white-sand beaches, the Shackleford Banks are sure to steal your heart with their tranquility and wild natural beauty. Like many of the undeveloped islands of the Outer Banks, the Shackleford Banks are only accessible by ferry or private boat.

2. Fort Macon State Park

Lush parkland, scenic shoreline, and rich history collide in Fort Macon State Park, the site of a restored Civil War-era military fort, a coastal education center, and miles of pristine coastline signature to the Crystal Coast.

3. Cape Lookout National Seashore

It’s home to the iconic lighthouse of North Carolina, offers miles of untouched shoreline to explore and discover, and is only accessible by ferry or private boat. Here, you can scale the lighthouse, join a park ranger for a tour, or even explore the islands by moonlight.

4. Rachel Carson Reserve

Explore a diverse array of coastal habitats and creatures, partake in an educational tour or trip, or simply strike out to appreciate the beauty and solitude of nature on this secluded island, only reachable by private boat or passenger ferry.

5. Boat & Fishing Charters

The exploration gets interesting! Have a one-of-a-kind adventure out on the open ocean—fish, whale-watch, explore the wide Atlantic, or dip below its waters in SCUBA gear. The possibilities are endless in this choose-your-own-adventure tale!

Top 5 Events of the Crystal Coast

Where to Live on the Crystal Coast

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore the plethora of opportunities for enjoyment in Carteret County, it’s time to start planning your vacation getaway! Start by exploring the many wonderful communities of the Crystal Coast, and once you’ve chosen your ideal spot, go ahead and search homes for sale in that area. When you’re ready to schedule a showing, or if you have any questions at all, contact Linda Rike Real Estate, and we’ll be more than happy to help you discover your dream vacation on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.