Special Places

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This Is a Magical Place

Carteret County and the Crystal Coast form a unique destination along the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Here, everything revolves around water – commerce, recreation and family living.

Rare scenic beauty stretches across more than 500 miles of incredible ocean and inland coastline. Our coastal environment is the centerpiece of our identity.

We’re known as the “Water Sports Capital of North Carolina”…because you can enjoy a multitude of activities beside, on, in, over and under the water.

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We hope to entice you to come and explore. Spend a weekend…or a forevermore!

Everyday can be a holiday…on the Crystal Coast – America’s Recreation Destination.

Summer brings Carolina blue skies and warm, radiant sunshine that will invigorate the soul. During the winter months, the sun both rises and sets over the water…because of our geography. The beaches run from east to west, always facing south.


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Down East

Beaufort's Pirate Invasion in August is a weekend event featuring parades, music, sword fighting and the ever-popular swilling of grog. (Photo by Carolyn Temple, Coastal Image Photography)


At the Crystal Coast, the sun tracks over the ocean all day long in every season…causing the water to sparkle like crystal.” (Photo by Cheryl Mansfield)

Decoy carving has been passed down for generations of families Down East. (Photo by Cindy Yount)