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The Crystal Coast, also known as the southern Outer Banks, spans 85 miles along North Carolina’s coast. This region encompasses the entire area along the Bogue Banks, a barrier island that stretches for 23-miles. Known for its pristine waters and white sand beaches, the Crystal Coast is a popular family beach destination.

Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll find everything you need and more at the Crystal Coast. From the southern beaches of Emerald Isle and Swansboro to the northern beaches of Harkers Island and Beaufort, explore the different beach communities along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast to see what fun awaits you.

Emerald Isle Voted #2 Beach in the South – 2023 USA Today Readers’ Choice
Emerald Isle Voted #1 North Carolina Beach – 2020 U.S. News and World Report
Emerald Isle Voted Best North Carolina Beach – 2018 USA Today Readers’ Choice