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from our family to yours

Free time is precious and rare in today’s world. We are honored that you’ve decided to spend your vacation on our beautiful coast, soaking in the pure salt air and sunshine. We look forward to welcoming families from near and far, some that have vacationed with us for generations. We love that so many folks who grew up with their toes in the Carolina sand every summer are now bringing their children and grandchildren to learn the simple joys of island life. Our island is accessible at either end by bridge. For many visitors, the moment they look forward to most in their whole year is driving over the bridge with their windows rolled down and the salty air tumbling in. We hope that you enjoy your stay with us, and that our little “gem” will earn a place in your heart, too.

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The Crystal Coast

Over 85 miles of sand on one of the only south-facing coastlines on the eastern seaboard, made up of small communities brimming with Southern charm - that’s the Crystal Coast. Aptly named for the shining waters and unique qualities our region is blessed with, we are proud to say that we truly believe this to be the “gem” of North Carolina’s coast. It’s unusual to find a beach escape that captures something for everyone in the family. History, nature, sightseeing, shopping, antique and art hunting, wine and dining and of course sugar soft sands under stunning sunrises and sunsets ...

What more could you ask for in a fun family vacation?

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Nearby Airports and Locations Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

Approximate driving distance to the Crystal Coast in miles Raleigh, NC Trenton, NJ Columbia, SC Albany, NY Atlanta, GA Knoxville, TN Winston-Salem, NC Boston, MA

152 513 285 705 498 510 257 784

Richmond, VA Cincinnati, OH Charleston, WV Baltimore, MD Lexington, KY Columbus, OH Washington, DC Pittsburgh, PA

New Bern (EWN)

266 671 472 423 647 630 364 585

46 miles

Albert J. Ellis Airport

Jacksonville (OAJ)

45 miles

Kinston Regional Jetport Kinston (ISO)

71 miles

Wilmginton International Airport Wilmington (ILM)

84 miles

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Raleigh (RDU)

165 miles

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Discover the beauty

of these seaside towns

indian beach

pine knoll shores

atlantic beach

Indian Beach is conveniently located in the middle of Bogue Banks, allowing easy access to the sights and sounds of Morehead City and Emerald Isle. Just a few minutes in either direction and you’ll find shopping, dining and attractions. You’re sure to enjoy the calming expanse of soft sands and lush green maritime forest of this small community.

The wide beaches and sound side access make it easy to swim, go shelling, clamming or kayaking along this beautiful stretch of island dubbed a “Tree City USA.” Nature trails offer a walk above a tidal marsh where marine creatures live and shore birds wade looking for food. The North Carolina Aquarium hosts a variety of marine species including fish, crabs, sea horses, lionfish and sharks - you’ll even see an albino turtle named Nimbus!

Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach features a laid back friendly feel with wide sandy beaches, a boardwalk and a commercial district with plenty of dining and shopping options. Nature trails, public parks, a splash pad for the kids and several beach accesses will draw you in. Atlantic Beach is also home to Fort Macon State Park, a historic Civil War fort, which is the most visited state park in North Carolina.

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swansboro

emerald isle

salter path

The home of Hammocks Beach State Park, the “Friendly City by the Sea” offers a historic downtown district overlooking the water. The quaint village atmosphere and historic downtown area offers shopping in an area alive with restaurants, boutiques, gift shops and waterside parks. Host to the Arts by the Sea Festival, the Mullet Festival and multiple fishing tournaments – Swansboro offers some of the best hospitality on the North Carolina coast.

The adventurous guests to Emerald Isle are in heaven with surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding and paddleboarding . Families can enjoy miles of bike path and several nature trails that allow you to enjoy the natural pristine environment with a variety of birds, waterfowl and families of white tail deer. The Point in Emerald Isle is not to be missed when visiting the western shores of Bogue Banks; the sunsets are breathtaking!

Known for its history as an old fishing village, Salter Path is different because it is home to a large dune system, excellent beaches, breathtaking sound front views and even a small maritime forest. Family beach cottages are easy to spot as you cruise through Salter Path. Be sure to stop and look at Bogue Sound sparkling a magnificent blue on a bright sunny day.

morehead city Downtown Morehead City has alluring waterfront appeal lined with charter boats, legendary seafood restaurants, charming shops all overlooking Sugarloaf Island. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is held annually in June with crowds gathering daily at the weigh station to see which boat will bring in the biggest blue! Also home of the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held every year the first weekend in October. Vendors line the waterfront with all types of seafood & arts and crafts, along with kid’s rides and activities! Families can also enjoy watching the Morehead City Marlins play baseball at Big Rock Stadium. With multiple shopping centers throughout Morehead City, there’s something for everyone!

beaufort Beaufort, the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina, is known for its Bahamian and West Indian style architecture and its close ties with a notorious pirate. It offers a beautiful sandy shore as well as stunning waterfront views and many specialty shops and delicious restaurants downtown . You can watch the feral horses from the banks of Beaufort or board a ferry to see them in their unspoiled habitat. Hop atop the English Double-Decker bus for a tour around this historic fishing village to see Blackbeard’s home and the mysterious Old Burial Ground. You’ll see exactly what makes this coastal community so special and why it was voted Best Small Town in the USA in 2012.

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From the locals and “honorary” local frequent visitors, this is a list of things you MUST do while you’re here.

1 Unplug

There is such a thing as “beach time,” and you’ll know it when you get here. Things go a little slower when you’re on the beach and your priorities change a bit. Take advantage of the opportunity and turn off your phone, turn off the TV and computer, and really just relax and enjoy yourself. With the fast-paced hectic lifestyle we all lead, this can be hard to do. But you’ll be glad that you did when you think back at the memories and feel totally rejuvenated and reconnected.

2 Climb and Explore

Hop on a boat and observe the beauty of the wild horses running through their natural habitat along Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island. Ferries are located in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Harkers Island and Davis. This is a favorite for both frequent visitors and first time guests. PLUS: This is a great spot to find fabulous seashells and other treasures swept in by the tide. Take a trip and explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore and climb the 163 foot tall Cape Lookout Lighthouse – once you reach the top, the view will surely take your breath away. Walk along the undeveloped coastline and discover the beauty of our unspoiled beaches.

3 Taste and Savor

North Carolina’s coastal culinary experience is unlike any other. With a deep sense of tradition, local fare and coastal atmosphere your palate is taken to new heights. Dine on some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste from the famous shrimp burger and Bar-B-Q at Big Oak Drive-In to the fresh caught seafood prepared in imaginative ways at some of the top restaurants along the coast. The Crystal Coast offers the finest in Southern Coastal dining. Join us in October to celebrate the Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City.

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With the Gulf Stream pushing warm waters to our shores, the Crystal Coast offers the longest fishing season on the Atlantic coast. Spend the day with a local crew on a charter boat and see what fish you can reel in. Some of the most popular catches along our coast are mahi, blue and yellowfin tuna, red drum, cobia, sailfish, striped bass, false albacore and wahoo. Get a glimpse of the giants of the sea during the Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as the pros weigh their daily catch on the Morehead City Waterfront.

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Peek into the depths

To p ion Vacat

The Crystal Coast has been recognized as one of the ten top diving locations in North America. The ocean floor is alive at the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with over 2000 shipwreck sites along the coastline including many World War I and II ships, the historic U-352 submarine and a breathtaking variety of sharks, exotic Gulf Stream fish and colorful shellfish. Not your style? You can still get up close and personal with thousands of sea creatures at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Touch a stingray, watch the otters glide through the water and stare a shark in the eye during their twice daily feedings in the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit.

Musts

Step back in time

Take a drive to the end of the island and spend the afternoon hiking, picnicking and exploring the Civil War era history of Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach. Learn more about the shipwrecks and pirates that frequented our coast on the English double- decker bus in Beaufort, touring landmarks such as in Blackbeard’s house, the graveyard and courthouse and historic homes.

Light up the night

Paddle

The coast is just as lively after an unforgettable sunset! Brush off the sand and order a classic cocktail from our award winning bartenders or hit the water for a moonlit dinner cruise out of Beaufort or Morehead City. If you want to stay closer to home, try a walk on the beach under the stars! Take a flashlight with you and see if you find any ghost crabs roaming the beach after dark. The salty air and roar of the ocean after dark are a whole new experience.

Launch a kayak or stand-up Paddle Board and take in the sights and sounds of the coast as you cruise through the Bogue Sound. There are many small islands just waiting to be explored, as well as miles of smooth intracoastal and river waterways to choose from. Whether you spend a half day or pack a lunch and take your family out for the whole day, there is no better way to experience the beauty and natural charm of our coast than from water level.

Be adventurous

Whether it’s trying your hand at surfing, getting up the courage to strap yourself into a parasailing harness or taking your first breath from a scuba tank, our coast is full of new things to try. From jet skis to banana boats, hang gliding to kite surfing; there are endless options for new adventures on the coast.

Start a new tradition

There’s no better way to make memories together than by starting a new tradition. Whether it’s a family photo, a favorite restaurant or an adventure you take together every year, traditions are the best part of family vacations. One of our Facebook Fans, Wendy Eastman shared her family tradition with us: “Aunt Wendy’s policy is as soon as we arrive - all children PLUS Aunty Wendy must find their way to the beach and jump in to over the head water fully dressed. This has become a tradition for our family.” So come together and find a new tradition while you’re here; all that matters is that it’s fun and meaningful to your family!

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Every summer, the Morehead City Marlins baseball team hosts the dogfriendly “Bark in the Park” game Visit Morehead City’s Bark Park Take a ferry and go island hopping Go on a date night to the Backstreet Pub in Beaufort {dogs are welcome}

Dogs must be leashed at all times throughout the island, including the beach Clean up after any accidents - There are trash cans at each public access. Pets are only allowed in pet-friendly homes, no visiting non-friendly homes 30 of our properties have enclosed yards

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Blue Pearl Homes are the premier gems of our vacation rental collection. Each exudes a particular charm and grandeur and is meticulously maintained, exquisitely furnished and elegantly appointed. Many of our Blue Pearl Homes offer stunning amenities such as gourmet kitchens, majestic master suites, plush theater rooms and lavish poolside retreats. Our Blue Pearl Homes are without equal and will provide your family with a lavish beach vacation full of memories you will cherish for many years to come. To find your family’s “pearl”, simply choose “Blue Pearl Home” as an amenity when searching on our website. You can add other preferred amenities, choose a location and property size. Many of our Blue Pearl Homes allow pets with no fee as part of our Pets Stay Free program, and all of the Blue Pearl Homes provide linen service with beds made upon arrival. An exclusive Blue Pearl guest concierge will be available during your stay to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. We will extend our top-notch service and guest care to ensure that your stay is nothing short of simply fabulous.

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Experience virtual luxury from every angle online! Select “Blue Pearl Homes� as an amenity when searching on our website to find homes that offer exclusive amenities like linen service with bedmaking and a dedicated Blue Pearl guest representative during your stay. All Blue Pearl Homes feature detailed online presentations, full high-res interior photos, floor plans, description and amenities and more. Want to walk through it? Check out the NEW virtual tours for all of our Blue Pearl Homes at

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Bluewater offers event friendly luxury homes that are perfect for your upcoming coastal wedding, conference or retreat. Start your search by visiting us online at BluewaterNC.com and choosing your preferred date or month. Be sure to choose “Wedding and Events� as an amenity from the drop down to focus your search to just our selection of Event Friendly homes.

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JANUARY FIRST DAY HIKE, PENGUIN PLUNGE

NEW YEARS CRAB POT DROP, MOREHEAD

FEBRUARY CAROLINA CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

MARDI GRAS ON MIDDLE LANE IN BEAUFORT

MARCH E.I. ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL

SWANSBORO ROTARY OYSTER ROAST, E.I. MARATHON, RESTAURANT WEEK

APRIL NEWPORT PIG PICKIN, BEAUFORT WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL, EASTER EGG HUNTS, BITES & BLUES FESTIVAL

MAY

CHERRY POINT AIR SHOW, ATLANTIC BEACH MEMORIAL FIREWORKS, WOODEN BOAT SHOW BEAUFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE ATLANTIC BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL, BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT, BEAUFORT OLD HOMES & GARDENS TOUR, KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS, ALIVE AT 5 OUTDOOR CONCERTS page 20

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JULY E.I. BIKE RIDE, INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS, BUDDY PELETIER MEMORIAL SURF CONTEST, BARTA BOYS & GIRLS BILLFISH TOURNAMENT, SHARK WEEK AT NC AQUARIUM @ P.K.S.

AUGUST O.W.L.S. SANDCASTLE CONTEST, BEAUFORT PIRATE INVASION, CRYSTAL COAST COUNTY FAIR

SEPTEMBER E.I. BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL, CRYSTAL COAST

GRAND PRIX, BEAUFORT BREWIN BEER FESTIVAL, A.B. SALTWATER CLASSIC, E.I. DAY4KIDS, FLOUNDER SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT

OCTOBER N.C. SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, SWANSBORO MULLET

FESTIVAL, CALCUTTA WAHOO CHALLENGE, CAROLINA KITE FESTIVAL, E.I. TRIATHALON, GORDY MCADAMS SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT

NOVEMBER E.I. TREE LIGHTING & PARADE, SWANSBORO

FLOTILLA, BEAUFORT WINE & FOOD OYSTER ROAST, CRYSTAL COAST OYSTER FESTIVAL, ANTIQUE-A-THON, SPECKLED TROUT SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT

DECEMBER MHC CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, CRYSTAL COAST

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coast

get a taste of the

with fresh-caught local

seafood just-picked

&produce Nothing says “vacation” like a fabulous meal. Make the most of your time by the sea with some swimmingly fresh seafood. Along the waterfront you’ll find restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of coastal fare. Want to try your hand at our cuisine? Check out local seafood markets and roadside farmer’s markets to pick some homegrown produce and make some tasty memories. Stumped on what to do with it? Check out some of our favorite time-tested recipes, passed along through family and friends!

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Roadside Produce Stands

Fresh Seafood Markets Clyde Phillips Seafood Market | Swansboro Cap’n Willis Seafood Market | Emerald Isle Willis Seafood Market | Salter Path Jerry Pittman Seafood | Salter Path Atlantic Beach Seafood Market | Atlantic Beach Capt. Jim’s Seafood | Morehead City Blue Ocean Market | Morehead City

Local Markets The Market at Cedar Point | 1046 Cedar Point Blvd

Outdoor market featuring local produce, pasture-raised, free range meats and eggs, fresh milk and cheese and local arts and crafts vendors. Food trucks from throughout the coast attend throughout the season. Check out their Facebook page for event schedules and in-season items.

Salty Air Open Market | 307 Cedar Point Blvd

saltyairmarket.com (910) 358-4163 Outdoor market featuring local artists, collectors, farmers and more, sharing their wares.

Atlantic Beach pie

From Our State Magazine and Chef Bill Smith 1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers 1/3 to 1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter 3 tablespoons sugar 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14oz. 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice, or mixed Whipped cream and sea salt for garnish Preheat oven to 350°. Crush the crackers finely, but not to dust. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust colors a little. While the crust is cooling (it doesn’t need to be cold), beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice until thoroughly combined. Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Famous Tarheel Hushpuppies From The Sanitary Fish Market 1 lb. fine corn meal 1 c. buttermilk 1 egg 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar A pinch of baking soda Stir all ingredients, adding water, to thick consistency. Drop in deep fat at 375°. Yield: 6 servings

Buck’s Corner Farms 603 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point (252) 393-1009 | Open April - December Southern staples run amok here including berries, cantaloupe, collards and greens, corn, honey, homemade jams and jellies, peaches, peanuts, sprite melon, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons. Some are pick-your-own!

Guthrie Farm Highway 24, Cape Carteret (252) 393-3200 | Open May - September Apples, peaches, plums, collard greens, tomatoes and Bogue Sound watermelons are just a few of the tasty finds they offer.

Winberry Farms Highway 24, Cedar Point (252) 393-2281 | Open April - October Features Bogue Sound Watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, boiled peanuts, homemade jams, pickles and more.

Grilled Oysters

A coastal favorite here in Eastern North Carolina. Oyster season runs from September - December A peck or two of fresh, raw oysters Cocktail sauce Lemons for juice Heat grill to medium-high heat, 350° to 400°. Grill washed oysters on foil for 8 to 10 minutes or until shells open ¼” to ½.” Remove from grill and pry open using an oyster knife. Squeeze lemon juice over the open oysters and serve with cocktail sauce. Just run the knife under the oyster to release! After you “shuck,” don’t chuck - Shells are recycled to build oyster “reefs” to help repopulate oysters and build new habitats !

Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches

Classic Carolina Seafood Boil

Best with fresh, local seafood and served al fresco on newspaper! Baby red potatoes 2-3 live crabs per person (or crab legs if you’re feeling skittish) Corn on the cob, shucked and halved 1/4 lb. kielbasa per person, cut into 2 inch pieces 1/3 lb. fresh shrimp per person, peeled and deveined 1 lemon, quartered 1 stick salted butter 12 oz. beer 2 tablespoons salt 3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning You’ll also need: Crab crackers, melted butter, cocktail sauce Fill a large stock pot half full with water and add beer, lemon, salt and Old Bay Seasoning and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, crabs and butter. Cook 8 minutes, then add kielbasa. Cook 5 minutes, then add corn. Cook 7 minutes, then add shrimp. Cook 4 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink. Drain cooking liquid and turn the pot out onto a table covered with newspaper or onto a large serving platter.

Available fresh from May to September 6 soft shell crabs 2 c. yellow cornmeal 1 c. flour Old Bay seasoning Salt and pepper Tartar sauce, hot sauce and trimmings

Preheat fryer to 350° Soak crabs in buttermilk for 30-45 minutes . Combine dry ingredients and dredge the crabs in the mixture. Fry 4 to 5 minutes. Serve on a toasted roll with lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce and a dash of hot sauce!

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BEAUFORT ONE OF THE COOLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA- AND THAT'S A FACT If you want to get the most out of your visit to the Crystal Coast, Beaufort, pronounced Bo-Furt, should most certainly be on your list. Dubbed one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” by CNN, Beaufort has everything from sunset cruises, gourmet food and haunted ghost tours. Park your car on a side street and walk the vendors at the weekend farmers market located on the corner of Broad Street. and Turner Street. Step back in time at the Beaufort Historic Grounds and Buildings and try your hand at acting out a dramatized court case at the Courthouse, tour the jail house, take a tour along Front Street in the double decker bus and walk through a few late 18th century preserved historic homes.

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Take a historic or a vino filled tour of the town on a bike or by foot. Learn about pirates, like Blackbeard, at the NC Maritime Museum. Take part in the annual Pirate Invasion each August with reenactments on the open water and real cannons! Explore the docks and take in the sights of the many docked boats. Peer across Taylor Creek and see wild ponies grazing on the sea grass or enjoy a waterfront meal at one of the pleasantly surprising, delectable restaurant options that spot Front Street. Beaufort truly is the coolest small town with a little something for everyone to enjoy and a must stop on your Southern Outer Banks vacation.


Fishing Unhooked

Succumbing to the Atlantic Ocean,

the Crystal Coast is characterized by its fishing communities. Each town has been crafted to cater to what fish is in season. All the locals are well versed on what succulent seaside fare is available at the market during each turn of the current. Or they know when to hop down to the nearest pier to catch the biggest whatever the sea has to offer that day. If you are ever wanting to pick up a pole, come down to the Bogue Inlet Pier and learn from the experienced regulars. It’s more of a watch and learn atmosphere. Check out the bait being used, the swirl of the pole technique and the cast.

You might want to venure out in the ocean for deep sea fishing, there are plenty of captains

willing to take avid fisherman out to sea for a half or full day charter. If watching is more your speed, come down to Morehead City the first week in June for the annual Big Rock Tournament. Named after the shelf that drops into a deep water abyss in the Atlantic Ocean, it has become the area namesake. Catch of choice, the magnificent Blue Marlin. Each year the cash prize grows and is currently topping $1 million dollars! Plenty of past winners have hauled in a bill fish well over 700lbs! Your sea faring desires will be more than satiated with a trip to the Crystal Coast. Just pick your preference below to plan when you will be visiting our emerald shores.

What’s in season? Blue Marlin Grouper King Mackerel Yellowfin Tuna Sea Bass

Blue Marlin Grouper King Mackerel Yellowfin Tuna Sea Bass

Mahi­Mahi Spanish Mackerel Bluefin Tuna Blackfin Tuna

Flounder Black Drum Stripped Bass Sea Mullet

Mahi­Mahi Spanish Mackerel Bluefin Tuna Blackfin Tuna

Red Drum Spanish Mackerel Bluefish

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EMERALD ISLE EI 5.2 Square Miles Developed in 1954 69 Public Beach Accesses 3795 Permanent Residents 12 Mile long bike & Walking path USA today Award winning beach 25 Restaurants & dessert shops page 26

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AB 2.3 Square Miles Developed in 1887 28 Public Beach Accesses 1495 Permanent Residents Historic Civil WAr Fort Macon voted best beach by Coastal Living 29 Restaurants & dessert shops BookBluewater.com |

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The Diamond Lady

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Cape Lookout National Seashore is where you will find this beautiful “Diamond Lady,” as we locals affectionately call her. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of seven statuesque beacons that sprinkle the North Carolina coastline. Only three miles off the shore of Harkers Island, visitors can take a short trip or spend an entire day on the undeveloped barrier islands. You are greeted by an impressive welcome center that seems to appear out of thin air, where quick lessons and videos fill you with knowledge of what adventures lay ahead in your day. After you are familiarized with the islands, you can proceed to purchasing your ferry ticket to either the main island of Cape Lookout or Shackleford Banks. Visit Cape Lookout to see the lighthouse and Shackleford Banks to see the wild ponies. A typical visit includes one or all of the following: horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping and lighthouse climbing. Have a whole day? Try the combo ticket and do both! There are a few restrooms dotted across Cape Lookout, but you will want to pack any food, water and trash bags, for the Islands are trash free. What you bring on you must leave with. If you decide to take the day and explore Shackleford banks, your main goal will be to see a wild pony or two. Of course you will find plenty of other treasures as well, in the form of sand dollars and conch shells, but the highlight is coming across one of the beautiful wild Shack horses roaming freely across the dunes.

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6 Fun Facts about Cape Lookout National Seashore • It stretches over 56 miles long • 3 undeveloped barrier island make up the seashore: North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks • There are 188 steps to the top of the Cape Lookout lighthouse • The current lighthouse is the second that has stood on this location, the first lighthouse was too short to light the Lookout Shoals • Driving is allowed on Cape Lookout National Seasore and South Core Banks with a beach off roading permit, just ferry over your vehicle • You can good ol’ boy scout camp on the Island overnight - just bring your tent and reserve a site!


10 Things to Know about the Shackleford Ponies 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

These ponies live on the banks on their own with no human interaction since the 16th century. They are actually called “feral” ponies since they are descendants of domesticated stock, rather than totally wild. The number of ponies on the island range from 105 to 130 to maintain a healthy population. One theory claims the ponies are descendants of shipwrecked Spanish herds from 400 years ago. They live on federal goverment land and are co-managed by Cape Lookout National Seashore & the non-profit Foundation for Shackleford Horses. The docile banker ponies are small in stature due to the limited nutrients in their diet. Ponies mostly eat grass and will dig into underground water sources for fresh water. The herd will divide into roughly 25 separate harems (groups) and seven “bachelor” bands. One theory is that some are also of Viking descent, due to the occasional blonde tufted horses. Each horse is freeze branded so that they can be identified by the National Park Service. In the 1980’s, a population boom with the horses resulted in a degraded habitat and unhealthy horses. Because of this, select female horses are given birth control to keep a healty population.

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