Crystal Coast vacation rentals enable guests to experience one of the most beautiful areas in North Carolina! iTrip Vacations NC Crystal Coast manages vacation rentals in 11 distinct communities, including Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Harkers Island, Down East, Beaufort and Morehead City.
The Crystal Coast is centered on Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, and offers more than 85 miles of waters for visitors to enjoy exciting activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, riding jet skis, skydiving, surfing, shelling and watching marine life. Boating is extremely popular. There are charters, sightseeing cruises and boat rentals that give visitors easy access to the water. Or bring your boat and enjoy public boat ramps located throughout the area.
In addition, the area hosts a variety of sport fishing tournaments that bring action-packed adventure to serious anglers, celebrities and spectators. For recreational fishing along Crystal Coast, many visitors take advantage of Oceanana and Bogue Inlet fishing piers, which extend into the Atlantic Ocean. These are also ideal places to catch beautiful sunsets and enjoy the sound of waves.
The Crystal Coast region is best known for its beautiful beaches. All communities offer popular beach hangouts and remote shores off the beaten path. A Crystal Coast vacation will not feel complete without visiting Cape Lookout National Seashore and “Diamond Lady” Lighthouse, located at the southernmost part of the outer banks. Visitors also enjoy observing the wild banker horses that live at Shackleford Banks. Both of these attractions can be accessed by a short 20-minute ferry ride from Beaufort and feature some of the best shelling in the area.
When not playing in the water, enjoy other activities. The Crystal Coast is where Blackbeard’s pirate ship Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground in 1718. North Carolina Maritime Museum provides exhibits about the culture and history of the area. Additionally, Beaufort is one of the oldest cities in North Carolina, established in 1713, and has numerous historical sites.
Other notable attractions near our Crystal Coast vacation rentals include Fort Macon State Park, History Museum of Carteret County and Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. Also, don’t miss North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, an interactive place for learning and making memories. For more fun, try the miniature golf courses, Salty Pirate Water Park, horseback riding, and an abundance of biking and walking paths.
For foodies, Crystal Coast does not disappoint. From low-key, mom-and-pop restaurants to upscale bistros, there is an option to satisfy everyone. Most restaurants offer casual atmospheres, and many host live music during the week. Top-rated favorites include The Trading Post, Fish Hut Grill, The Dock House, Gaffers, Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar, Ruddy Duck Tavern, and The Boro.
In need of retail therapy? Historic Beaufort and nearby Swansboro feature quaint downtown areas with locally owned boutiques. For a bustling community, check out Morehead City. This beach town has boutiques and live entertainment with local flair.