April 19, 2017

A Guide to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of beaches along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It begins just one hour north of Sneads Ferry, where The Preserve at Tidewater is located. This means that for those who live in our community, vacationing along the Crystal Coast isn’t just easy—it’s practically required. Whether you have a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks at your disposal, this guide to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast will keep you busy.

A Day Trip  

If you want to plan a day trip, there are several options that a short and easy drive from The Preserve at Tidewater. Emerald Island is known for its relaxing setting and beautiful views—it’s a great choice if you need some “me” time or simply want to forget your worries for an afternoon. Indian Beach is considering the Crystal Coast’s destination for family fun and offers a lot of activities, such as bumper boats, mini golf, and surfing. If you’re bringing along the kids, this is the place to be. Finally, Salter Path is a well-known destination for foodies. If you’re looking for a delicious dinner out on the town, head up the coast. Salter Beach is known for its many fish house markets and skilled local chefs—we recommend The Crab Shack for an unforgettable meal and great waterfront dining.

A Weekend Getaway  

Named one of Coastal Living Magazine’s “Best Beaches,” a weekend in Atlantic Beach is good for the soul. Just 90 minutes from Sneads Ferry, it’s just far enough away from home to feel special. There are plenty of places to eat (we love the Channel Marker Restaurant for a fresh seafood dinner, followed by dessert at AB Ice Cream) and lots of great shopping, including surf shops, skate shops, and bike shops. If you’re looking for a great place to stay, check out one of Atlantic Beach’s many beachside cottages or seaside hotels—Atlantic Beach Realty Vacation Rentals will help you find the perfect fit. But be careful—you may never want to leave!

A Summer Vacation

Cape Lookout National Seashore is three hours from The Preserve at Tidewater, but the drive up the coast is just as beautiful as the destination. You’ll know you’ve reached Cape Lookout National Seashore when you see the black and white diamond-patterned Cape Lookout Lighthouse, known to most locals as the Diamond Lady. You’ll also have to take a ferry once you reach Harkers Island—Cape Lookout is only accessible by boat. Once you’re on this isolated barrier island, you have a few options for passing the time. Search for the famous wild horses, fish for your dinner, tour a historic village, or climb a lighthouse. You can pitch a tent and camp on the beach for free, just so long as you respect the island and bring all your own supplies, including food and water.

As you can see, The Preserve at Tidewater isn’t just about one house, one street, or one neighborhood. It’s also about having access to the entire North Carolina coast, and the freedom and beauty provided by our premier location. Ready to experience the perks of The Preserve at Tidewater for yourself? Contact us and schedule a tour today.