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Visiting Coastal NC Beaches? What Areas Did You See And Why?

As a Coastal NC tourism and travel focused website, we have an interest in learning more about why vacationers chose the beaches of North Carolina to visit, what attractions helped make their decision, and what specific destinations they actually saw and why.

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Our hope for this article is that after reading, people who in the past vacationed or are planning a vacation will use the discussion form below and answer some of the questions we touch on in this document.

Also, we hope you will considering sharing and following us on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so that others can learn more about the Coastal NC beaches when visiting from the perspective of others.

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Coastal Region Discussions

If you are not from NC and have no family in the area, what specifically attracted you to visiting one of our coastal regions? What specific attractions or destinations did you have (or have) an interest in?

What is different about the Coastal NC beaches compared to other beach communities in other states or regions?

When you vacationed in the area, were you looking for a somewhat populated area full of excitement and venues, or more for secluded and quiet beaches?

Considering the Outer Banks from Cape Lookout north to the Virginia border, the Crystal Coast from Emerald Isle to Cape Lookout, or the Cape Fear region from Brunswick County to North Topsail Island, which specific region did you end up choosing and why?

How did you first learn about our region of North Carolina, and what research did you do before visiting?

What specific destinations, public interest, landmarks, or attractions would you recommend to others?

Considering the Outer Banks, Crystal Coast, and Cape Fear regions, what similarities do each have and what differences do each have? For the sake of this article, we consider the following:

Outer Banks

Cape Lookout, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras, Buxton, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Portsmouth Island, Frisco, Avon, Rodanthe, Roanoke Island, Kitty Hawk, Duck, Corolla, or other smaller communities near the Pamlico Sound and Albemarle Sound.

Outer Banks Map

Crystal Coast

Swansboro, Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City, Harkers Island (Down East), and Shackleford Island or other smaller communities near Bogue Sound.

Crystal Coast Map

Cape Fear and Brunswick County

Bird Island, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Southport, Bald Head Island, Kure and Carolina Beach, Wilmington or Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight Island, Hampstead, Topsail Island or North Topsail.

Cape Fear Map

Further Discussions

When visiting Coastal NC beaches, was your decision influenced by any of the following:

  • Offshore fishing
  • Inshore fishing
  • Recreational diving
  • Beach fishing
  • Wild horses
  • Barrier islands
  • Bird watching
  • Hunting
  • Lighthouse viewing
  • National parks
  • Wildlife refuges
  • Water sports
  • Boating or sailing
  • Kayaking or canoeing

While visiting any of the local areas, did you use any features of the NC Ferry System to reach any of the barrier islands?

When considering the Outer Banks, Crystal Coast, or Cape Fear / Brunswick County beaches, which have good accommodations for camping or recreational vehicles (RV)?

Which specific region of Coastal NC is best suited for couples or family vacations?

If visiting with your pet, was there a good choice of pet friendly hotels?

If you traveled to the region by plane, which specific airport did you use?

Considering Spring, Summer, or Fall, what time of the year did you visit, or what time of the year did you wish you visited?

After visiting Coastal NC, would you recommend the local area to friends or family who may be interested in travel or vacation? Which specific region would you recommend and why?

Which specific wildlife refuges did you visit? Did you get to see any of the wild horses that inhabit many of our barrier islands?

After visiting, are you planning a return trip to a different region, and if so, which region and why?

What are some other factors we did not touch on in this article that influenced your decision to visit the area?

What questions do you have about the NC Ferry System?

Using the comment form below, what questions do you have for us?

Using the comment form below, tell us everything about your past visit to our beaches.

Suggested Attractions

Cape Fear Region:

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher Historic Site
Oak Island Lighthouse
Zeke’s Island Reserve
Carolina Beach State Park
Old Baldy Lighthouse
Cape Fear Lighthouse
Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier
Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve
Kure Beach Pier

Crystal Coast Region:

The Point At Emerald Isle
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Shackleford Island Wild Horses
Cape Lookout Seashore
Croatan National Forest
Fort Macon State Park
Rachel Carson Wildlife Reserve
Carrot Island
Maritime Museum in Beaufort
Harkers Island
Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Portsmouth Island

Outer Banks Region:

Ocracoke Island And Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Kitty Hawk Museum
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Pamlico Sound
Corolla Wild Horses

What are some areas we missed that you found when visiting Coastal NC?

Area code information

Area code 252 for all of the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast, and area code 910 for Topsail Island, Wilmington NC beaches, and Brunswick County beaches.

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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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