Careful: this same coast has claimed the hearts of sailors, lubbers and even pirates.
Stretching from historic Beaufort to scenic Swansboro, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is a treasured land of grassy marshes, tiny islands and the famous Bogue Banks. Learn more about some of the areas around Bogue Watch and why Carteret County, NC real estate is so popular!
A beautiful location along sparkling clear water with rows of charter fishing boats gently bobbing like fishing lures waiting to usher passengers to their first “big catch,” Morehead City is known for the most diverse fishing on the coast. From its quaint shopping district comprised of art galleries intermixed with antique stores filled with generations of treasured relics, to the colorful, Branson-style musical extravaganza known as the Crystal Coast Jamboree, boredom is simply not a factor for visitors.
Emerald Isle is known as the most prominent of the banks on the Crystal Coast. Named for the lush greenery that covers much of the area, Emerald Isle is located at the western end of the Bogue Banks. Accommodations dotting the coastline range from quaint beach cottages and condos to mammoth beach houses known as “sand castles.” Visitors have the freedom to spend their days exploring uncrowded coastline, dining at casually elegant restaurants, shopping at fanciful boutiques or setting sail on private chartered fishing excursions.
Stepping onto the oak-lined streets of historic Beaufort is like stepping into a time long forgotten. The air is saturated with the same ancient salty-sweet ocean scents that have caressed the coast for centuries. It is not uncommon while dining at a waterfront cafe to see wild horses running free on Carrot Island, just across the glassy waters of Taylor’s Creek. Beaufort is the third oldest town in the state and serves as the county seat of the Crystal Coast. The wreckage of legendary pirate Blackbeard’s infamous ship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge, rests in its watery grave just three miles off its sandy shores. To learn more about Beaufort’s rich history, click here.