A Guide to the Crystal Coast in North Carolina

The Crystal Coast is a pristine stretch of 85-miles of shoreline in North Carolina, filled with unforgettable protected beaches and coastal activities for all interests. Travelers come from all over to enjoy everything from beachgoing, to fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, historic sites, shops, dining and so much more.

Come and experience what millions have already seen for themselves. The vacations are inspiring. The stories are stellar. Create your own Crystal Coast vacation that will stay with you and the family for years to come.

Click on the map markers below to learn more about the things to do and places to see near Atlantic Beach.

Amos Mosquito’s

Amos Mosquito’s – Just by hearing the name, you’re probably wondering what in the world Amos Mosquito’s is. Well, on the Crystal Coast, it’s a pretty common name. Amos is a restaurant and bar that has served local, fresh, made...

El’s Drive-In Restaurant

Craving a good shrimp burger? Ask any local and they’ll point you to El’s Drive In. Never tried a shrimp burger? Here’s why you should. Made-to-order, this delicious burger comes piled with fried shrimp, fresh lettuce, and coleslaw. A coastal...

Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve

It’s easy to spend time on the North Carolina coast by Atlantic Beach or Beaufort without realizing there is an incredible and stunning island reserve out on the ocean, just within sight. The Rachel Carson Reserve is an isolated expanse...

Visit Harkers Island in North Carolina

Many people plan Atlantic Beach vacations to experience the sun and surf while avoiding the hustle and bustle of other popular beach destinations. If this sounds like you, you’ll definitely want to visit Harkers Island while you’re in the area....

Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, NC

    After the War of 1812 with Great Britain, the US decided that it would be wise to strengthen our coastal defenses. Because of this, in 1826 Fort Macon was constructed. Its’ purpose was simple but vital, to guard...

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

What is it? Opened in 1976, the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium location has served over 11 million visitors (and counting). The aquarium received a major renovation from 2003-2006, tripling it in size. Open from 9am to 5pm and located only...

Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach, NC

Opened in 1959 and newly renovated in 2014, the family-friendly Oceanana Pier and Pier House Restaurant is located on the Crystal Coast of our hometown of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Located at 700 E Fort Macon Road, this fishing pier...

5 Reasons Atlantic Beach is the Best Beach Town

1. Summers in AB don’t feel as hot as other cities, in a good way Don’t get me wrong, the average temp during the summer here is 89 degrees, but because of the town’s close proximity to the ocean, summer...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beaufort, NC

1. Beaufort was established in 1709 This makes it the third oldest town in North Carolina! 2. It was ranked as “America’s Coolest Small Town”… …by readers of Budget Travel Magazine on February 1, 2012. 3. It’s pronounced differently than...