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Good Water Sports Adventures In Carteret County NC Along The Crystal Coast

Whether for fun, relaxation, or competition, Carteret County NC has a wealth of opportunities for water sports along inland and offshore waters of the Crystal Coast. In this article, we are first going to touch on local businesses that sell products related to these sports, offer our advice on where to enjoy these activities if you are not familiar with the area, then ask readers to use the comment form at the bottom of this article to suggest places we did not mention in this article.

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This article will focus on locations in Atlantic Beach, Salter Path, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort, Cedar Point, and Newport NC.

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Local Businesses

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AB Watersport – 612 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 and their phone number is (252) 422-0520.

Offers rentals for jet skis, parasailing, boat rentals, paddleboards, pontoon boats, and kayak rentals. Additionally, they offer Cape Lookout Tours.

Island Water Sports Rentals – 1960 Salter Path Rd, Salter Path, NC 28575 and their phone number is (252) 247-7303.

Offers banana boat rides, stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals, jet ski tours, kayaks, pontoon boats, wave runner tours and rentals.

Cedar Point Watersports, LLC – 138 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584 and their phone number is (252) 301-3170.

Offers guided jet ski tours and boat rentals.

Teach’s Kiteboarding – 101 Cedar St, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their phone number is (252) 646-4801.

Offers stand up paddle tours, kiteboarding lessons, and PASA certified coaches.

Emerald Isle Paddle Tours – Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 and their phone number is (252) 876-2595.

Offers stand up paddle tours, rentals, and yoga.

Hot Wax Surf And Paddle Sports – 200 Mallard Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 and their phone numbers is (252) 354-6466.

Offers surfing lessons, paddle and kayak tours, private kayak fishing tours, and rentals.

Beaufort Parasail – 600 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their phone number is (252) 728-7607.

Offers aerial views via parasailing of Crystal Coast NC landmarks and public interests.

Beaufort Paddle – 424 Old Causeway Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their phone number is (252) 725-3065.

Offers SUP rentals, instruction, guided tours, and kayak fishing.

Blown Kiteboarding – 3205 NC-24, Newport, NC 28570 and their phone number is (252) 269-9843.

Offers kiteboarding lessons and instruction, kayak rentals, and sales.

Olympus Dive Shop – 713 Shepard St, Morehead City, NC 28557 and their phone number is (252) 726-9432.

Offers diving instruction, day trips to area shipwrecks, sales, and diving equipment service.

Discovery Diving – 414 Orange St, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their phone number is (252) 728-2265.

Offers diving charters, sales, and training.

Eastern Dive Service – 121 Ruth Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their phone number is (252) 241-4193.

Offers diving training.

Carteret County NC Fishing Charters

All fishing charter boats listed here offer excellent options for 1/2 day and full day inshore recreational fishing along with offshore recreational fishing. The Crystal Coast of NC is a world-wide destination for sportfishing given our proximity to the warm gulf stream waters and diversity of our waters.

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When it comes to water sports in Carteret County NC and along the Crystal Coast barrier islands and waters, there is virtually unlimited opportunities for boating, sailing, parasailing, kiteboarding, paddleboarding, jet skiing, recreational fishing, and diving.

Additionally, locations within the county offer internationally acclaimed and experienced sportfishing opportunities if you are interested in trying your luck with big game fish.

The Crystal Coast is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because we have over 300 shipwrecks within miles of our coastline that offers world-class recreational diving opportunities. People travel from all over the world to dive our local waterways.

Carteret County NC is home to one of the largest blue marlin fishing tournaments in the world called the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and is a week long competition for big game fishing. If you have visited or competed in this tournament, what insights can you offer below?

All calm water estuaries and sounds from Taylors Creek, Beaufort Inlet, Bogue Sound, Back Sound, the Newport River, White Oak River, and estuaries of the Pamlico Sound near Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout are perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, inshore fishing, and boating.

In the past, if you visited the local area, what some local locations that you have found perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing to enjoy our coastal marshlands, shorebirds, and maritime forest?

What locations have you found perfect for inshore fishing?

What are some specific shipwrecks and artificial reefs you visited for diving adventures?

What are some locations that you found perfect for parasailing or recreational boating?

If you own or rented a jet ski, what are some inland waters that you visited?

What are some other Crystal Coast water sports that we missed in this article that you can tell us about below?

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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