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The North Carolina Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your The North Carolina Coast Vacation

Three hundred miles of breathtaking barrier islands make North Carolina's coastline a beach lover's dream. White sands and pristine waters, lighthouses, and all sorts of wonderful vacation homes mark the shore. Athletes, history buffs, anglers, shoppers, and children find plenty do here, but snoozing along the quiet shore is just as appealing.

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port cities dot broad rivers that lead inland from the sounds. There are American Revolution and Civil War battle sites, elegant golf links, and kitschy putt-putt courses. Aquariums, fishing charters, and museum outreach programs put you up close and personal with the seashore critters. North Carolina's small towns (mostly of 1,000 to 3,000 people) offer genuine warmth and hospitality.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Water, water everywhere Surfers delight in Cape Hatteras's formidable waves. Kayakers and boaters prefer the Crystal Coast's sleepy estuaries. Beach strollers love Ocracoke's remote, unspoiled shore.
  2. Pirate lore and hidden booty The Graveyard of the Atlantic is littered with shipwrecks to dive. See artifacts from Blackbeard's flagshipQueen Anne's Revengeat Beaufort's North Carolina Maritime Museum. Queen Anne's Revenge at Beaufort's North Carolina Maritime Museum.
  3. Lighting the darkness North Carolina's seven lighthouses each has its individual personality.
  4. The Lost Colony In a mystery for the ages, 117 settlers disappeared without a trace. Their story is presented both in historical context and dramatic entertainment in Manteo.
  5. Fresh seafood You can get fresh seafood of every variety fixed in practically every method—fried, grilled, stuffed, blackened, or raw.

When To Go

When to Go

North Carolina's coast shines in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October), when the weather is most temperate and the water reasona...

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