Welcome to Paradise!
If you prefer to live at the beach, then you will enjoy Bogue Banks in Carteret County. It is a continuous barrier island that is approximately 25 miles long. It includes Atlantic Beach, which the locals call the Main beach or the circle. A developer has planned to make some upscale changes to this area. Pine Knoll Shores is west of Atlantic Beach and is a planned community sensitive to the delicate ecology of the Maritime Forest that surrounds it. Leaving Pine Knoll Shores west you will come to Indian Beach. It is known for its beautiful beaches, sunbathing, surf fishing and water sports. Next you will find Salter Path. Many locals credit the early residents with bringing shrimp into the culinary limelight. Emerald Isle, at the west end of Bogue Banks, is a vacation spot with plenty to do for the entire family. The town offers many beach accesses for the locals and visitors.
If you prefer the mainland, then you may like Morehead City. Remember most of the communities in Carteret County are within 20 minutes of the beaches. Morehead City is Carteret Counties largest town. It is home to several events, which include the Annual NC Seafood Festival and the Big Rock Marlin Tournament. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and is in the center of Carteret County. Beaufort is a quaint historical town and has one of the most beautiful waterfronts I have ever seen. It is a favorite spot for visitors traveling by car or boat. Down East is a local name for the land that stretches from the North River on the east side of Beaufort to Cedar Island which marks Carteret Counties Northeastern boundaries. The portion of U.S. 70 that runs through Down East is a North Carolina Scenic Byway. This quiet drive is well worth the travel as you will view picturesque scenery such as marshes, canals and undisturbed places filled with wildlife.
Now that you know about the Crystal Coast, don't you think it's time for you to visit our area? Be prepared to stay, because you just may never leave.
Author is Vickie Barrington, Realtor with Coldwell Banker First Realty in Morehead City, NC.
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