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Crystal Coast North Carolina Vacation Rentals
Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Surrounding Areas
When planning your next coastal vacation, look no further than North Carolina's Crystal Coast. With endless white sandy beaches, abundant outdoor activities, and amenities for all ages, the Crystal Coast has everything that you are looking for in your next vacation. When vacationing at the Crystal Coast of North Carolina there are truly an endless amount of activities that cater to both young and old alike. The Crystal Coast is made up of several different towns and areas along Bogue Sound and Bogue Banks. Inland, you have the charming towns of Morehead City and Beaufort. On Bogue Banks, you have the towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle that all front the Atlantic Ocean. Check out all of our fantastic Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals
Morehead City, with its lengthy history in the commercial fishing industry is also home to the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament held every June. This is probably one of the most prestigious bill fishing tournaments today and brings visitors and participants from all over the country. If you are looking for a more relaxing day of fishing, stroll down to the water front where the sport fishing charter fleet calls home and book a half, or full day charter with any one of a number of available boats. Great inshore fishing as well as deep sea fishing trips is all available. Depending on the time of year you visit one can most always count on good fishing out of Morehead City. No wonder Morehead City is known as a "Sportsman's Paradise." If fishing is not your passion, a walk through downtown Morehead City reveals a downtown district full of quaint shops, artisans, restaurants, and bars. If you are getting a late start to the day the waterfront, after hours, is always full of activity with local and live entertainment most weekends of the season.
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Keep heading east through Morehead City, and over the Newport River, and you come to the town of Beaufort, NC. Tucked back from the Crystal Coast at the convergence of several waterways, a visit to Beaufort is like stepping back in time. Founded in 1709, and the states third oldest town, Beaufort offers a small town atmosphere, with modern day amenities. Whether coming to town by boat, or car, a walk down Beaufort's tree lined streets is a must. Enjoy the sites and sounds of "old Beaufort" while visiting the historic homes, or taking one of the many tours around town. Make your way down to Front Street and you are greeted with many shopping and dining opportunities right on the boardwalk of the marina. Front Street also plays host to the NC Maritime Museum and the Harvey Smith boatbuilding facility, both of which hold fascinating examples of modern and past local maritime treasures. A day trip over to Beaufort to explore the town is a must when vacationing at the Crystal Coast.
Taking the Atlantic Beach causeway bridge over from Morehead City is the most popular way to arrive on the Crystal Coast. Atlantic Beach offers any coastal vacationer a wide variety of amenities to choose from when visiting.On the east end of Atlantic Beach, you will find Fort Macon State Park, and Fort Macon. This entire end of the island is protected and preserved from development. When visiting this site, you get an idea of how the barrier islands here looked long ago with their tall, grass covered, dunes and dense live oak forest. Fort Macon itself is positioned at the very end of Bogue Banks overlooking the inlet between it, and Shackelford Banks. Once used heavily by the Confederacy to guard against Union sea attacks, the fort now stands as a museum which much of its original structure still in place, in tact, and can be easily accessed for those who want to explore the old fort.
Leaving Atlantic Beach going west on Fort Macon Rd, (Hwy. 58), you will travel past numerous housing developments and condominium complexes until you reach the small town of Pine Knoll Shores. This is a quaint little seaside town that is home to the North Carolina Aquarium. The aquarium has seen a number of expansions and upgrades in recent years and now simply has to be visited to be believed. Not only have they increased the size and scope of the exhibits, but also have incorporated a few "interactive" areas where you can not only view, but touch some of our local marine wildlife. I can say first hand that it is fun for the whole family. Pine Knoll Shores also offers visitors to the Crystal Coast great sound side vacations as well. This portion of the island is very narrow, so locating off of the beach and on the sound side may be ideal for some visitors. Bogue Sound on the back side of Pine Knoll Shores is full of shallow waterways, grass flats, and salt marshes. This is an ideal place for those of us who like to jump into a canoe or kayak for a day, or afternoon of paddling.
Making your way to the west end of Bogue Banks you will find the towns of Salter Path and Emerald Isle. Salter Path is an old fishing village that has turned into a vacation destination on the island. In Salter Path you will find great local seafood restaurants as well as an escape from much of on season congestion you will find on other parts of the island. Making your way further down the Crystal Coast, and through Salter Path you will find yourself at the end of the island in Emerald Isle. This beach town was the last developed part of the island and host some of the nicest developments and amenities. In Emerald Isle you can find great accommodations, good local restaurants and nightlife, as well as seasonal activities, festivals, and events. Don't forget to stop by the Bogue Inlet Pier when you are in town. This is one of the last fishing piers left on the island and can really be a fun day for all ages when the bite is good. Come vacation in Emerald Isle and see first hand why this is called the jewel of the Crystal Coast.