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Crystal-Coast is 87 miles of gorgeous, unspoiled shoreline along the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina's Central Coast. It's an area of family-favorite beaches, narrow islands, quaint seaside towns, historic lighthouses, museums and much, much more. Some of the better known vacation spots along the Crystal Coast include Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Morehead City, the Down East Area and Indian Beach. The charming town of Beaufort has beautiful tree-lined streets, a picturesque boardwalk and The Beaufort State Historic Site, which takes visitors back to colonial days. You can visit Cape Hatteras, the most photographed lighthouse in the country, or the spot where the infamous pirate, Blackbeard met his end. There's also the Maritime Museum, Fort Macon State Park, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores that offers dozens of programs for kids. Along the Crystal Coast, you can swim, dive among shipwrecks, surf, fish, hike, play golf, go horseback riding, or watch nesting loggerhead turtles at Hammock's Beach State park. Visitors love to walk the miles of deserted beaches at Cape Lookout National Seashore, or explore the bustling Bogue Banks region. Whether you want to shop for antiques or local arts and crafts, enjoy nightlife and theater, relax with a dinner cruise or simply sit on the beach with a good book, North Carolina's Crystal Coast is sure to make your vacation a memorable one.

Surrounding areas: Harkers Island, North Carolina (1.3 mi), Beaufort, North Carolina (7.5 mi), Morehead City, North Carolina (11.0 mi), Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (11.6 mi), Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina (14.9 mi), Indian Beach, North Carolina (20.2 mi), Emerald Isle, North Carolina (23.6 mi)

Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

Crystal Coast Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Beaufort Inn101 Ann StBeaufort, NC7.8 mi.(252) 728-2600
"Triple ""S"" Motel"502 Henderson BlvdAtlantic Beach, NC9.9 mi.(919) 726-8156
Amerisuites118 Salter Path RdMorehead City, NC11.0 mi.(252) 247-5118
Holiday Inn Express & Suites5063 Executive DrMorehead City, NC11.0 mi.(252) 247-5001
Days Inn602 W FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(919) 247-6400
Fishermans Inn110 Morehego AveAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(919) 726-2273
Hollowells Motel114 E FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(919) 726-5227
Iron SteamerAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(919) 247-4221
Peppertree Atlantic Beach715 West Ft Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(252) 247-5841
Best Western Buccaneer Inn2806 Arendell StMorehead City, NC11.8 mi.(252) 726-3115
Comfort Inn3100 Arendell StMorehead City, NC12.0 mi.(252) 247-3434
Econo Lodge Crystal Coast3410 Bridges StMorehead City, NC12.4 mi.(252) 247-2940
Sheraton Atlantic Beach2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC13.0 mi.(252) 240-1155
Hampton Inn4035 Arendell StMorehead City, NC13.3 mi.(252) 240-2300
Amerisuites Atlantic Beach118 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC14.2 mi.(252) 247-5118
Atlantis Lodge Inc123 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC14.3 mi.(919) 726-5168
Days Inn1220 E Main StHavelock, NC23.5 mi.(252) 447-1122
Islander Motor InnEmerald Isle, NC23.6 mi.(919) 354-3464
Comfort Inn1013 E Main StHavelock, NC23.6 mi.(252) 444-8444
Hampton Inn Havelock105 Tourist Center DrHavelock, NC24.4 mi.(252) 447-9400
Holiday Inn Havelock400 Hwy 70 WHavelock, NC24.4 mi.(252) 444-1111
Tar Heel Inn205 Church StOriental, NC24.7 mi.(252) 249-1078

Crystal Coast Weather & Climate

Latitude accounts for some climatic variations in the state of North Carolina, as do soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on temperatures, as well, especially on the immediate coast. Coastal fronts are common during the winter months, and can push inland, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. However, at times the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. The meeting of the two opposing currents sometimes provides a breeding ground for rough weather. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are lower than those even a few miles inland. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 35°F 5.38 in. 49°F
February 59°F 36°F 4.03 in. 46°F
March 65°F 43°F 4.27 in. 52°F
April 72°F 50°F 2.94 in. 59°F
May 78°F 59°F 4.66 in. 68°F
June 84°F 67°F 4.04 in. 74°F
July 88°F 72°F 5.94 in. 78°F
August 88°F 71°F 7.55 in. 80°F
September 84°F 66°F 6.47 in. 77°F
October 76°F 55°F 4.36 in. 70°F
November 68°F 46°F 4.07 in. 58°F
December 60°F 38°F 4.54 in. 55°F

Crystal Coast Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Craven County Regional airport (EWN) located about 38 miles northwest of Crystal Coast in New Bern, North Carolina, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 61 miles west of Crystal Coast in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Warren Field (OCW) located roughly 67 miles northwest of Crystal Coast in Washington, North Carolina, and finally Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located around 74 miles northwest of Crystal Coast in Kinston, North Carolina.

Crystal Coast Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC89.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Bogue Banks Country ClubPine Knoll ShoresNC15.6 mi.
Links Golf ClubHavelockNC23.9 mi.
Minnesott Golf & Country ClubArapahoeNC27.7 mi.
Star Hill Golf & Country ClubCape CarteretNC29.8 mi.
State Parks
Fort Macon State ParkNC8.2 mi. 
Hammocks Beach State ParkNC34.6 mi. 
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC7.5 mi.(History)
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC44.6 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC11.6 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC91.9 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC96.9 mi.

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