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AT A GLANCE Get familiar with your surroundings by exploring town history, schools and more
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Learning What to Expect
Craven County Pamlico County
Get the facts before choosing the right school for your family.
Combine beauty and conservation in your yard by building a rain garden.
Beyond the Beach
Learn all the favorite spots for locals and tourists alike.
Ghosts of the Coast
Find where to vote, get your license and more.
Ghost tales and the Graveyard of the Atlantic make for a haunted place to call home.
Boaters are welcome along the Crystal Coast where the state’s largest public access is in the works.
Festivals & Events
From seafood festivals to boat races, mark your calendar with all the events Eastern North Carolina has to offer.
From surf fishing to charters, it’s time to take the bait and fall in love with fishing.
Weighing the pros and cons of building or buying a home.
Finding the Fairway
Make yourself at home along the “golf coast.”
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Living On the Cover A vista from a Beaufort dock affords a hazy glimpse of Harkers Island in the distance across Davis Bay. Photo by Mimi Davis.
The Inside Scoop As Eastern North Carolina’s population continues to grow, it’s hard to imagine that many of its new residents arrived here by accident. Admittedly, I am among that group and have no regrets about the zigzagged journey that brought me here. For me, Eastern North Carolina offered educational and eventually job opportunities, while others ended up here by first arriving as vacationers in search of unspoiled beaches, shopping and the chance to explore unspoiled hideaways. No matter the reason, in the end, people move here because it’s the
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right fit for them. Of course the easiest way to find that out is to move to Eastern North Carolina. But why take my word for it? Here’s a list of what some readers had to say in an anonymous NCCOAST survey about what they thought and loved about the Crystal Coast.
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“I love the Crystal Coast because it is simple and beautiful. Each year I come to visit it seems like home and when I have to leave, I feel like I am leaving a friend. I have treasured memories with my family and can’t wait to come back each summer!” “As a child, my parents owned a summer home on the White Oak River. My siblings and I enjoyed swimming, boating, skiing, fishing, collecting shells and exploring the many small islands. What I love about this area is that I still do that, but, with my children who love it as much as I.” “The Crystal Coast is a family vacation spot. We stay at Emerald Isle and love that it is clean, friendly and they have great stores and activities. We love to come every year for vacation.” “Very relaxing and amazingly beautiful.” “It’s beautiful, serene, clean, peaceful, family oriented. We’ve vacationed there for the last six years and we love it!” “The quiet family environment is the best. There is plenty of good old fashion family entertainment. Clean beaches and wonderful people. I’m hooked for life.” “The beaches are so clean and the water is beautiful. We love coming to an area that isn’t so built up with high rise condominiums.” “Beaches are never as crowded as Delaware beaches!” “The beach and the locals are always helpful, welcoming and friendly. Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast is my favorite place to be in the whole world!”
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AT A G L A N C E C A R T E R E T C O U N T Y
A Shore Thing ATLANTIC BEACH
restaurants, tour and charter boats and a wealth of fine
Of the five communities that dot the 30-mile length
artisans round out Beaufort’s coastal charm. Other must-
of barrier island known as Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach
see attractions are the Beaufort Historic Site and the NC
is the oldest, and offers easy public access to its expanse
Maritime Museum. Details: Town of Beaufort, P.O. Box
of beautiful beaches while giving potential residents their
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choice of oceanfront, oceanview, soundside and soundview
residences. To many, this seaside community is home steeped
in an easy-going ambiance. Others will find the local
Down East encompasses the communities of Atlantic,
shopping, restaurants, nightlife, fishing and annual
Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island,
festivals, such as the Carolina Kite Fest, irresistible. For
Lola, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy,
the Civil War buff, historic Fort Macon State Park is a
Straits and Williston. Down East communities embrace a
year-round treasure: a restored pentagonal Civil War fort
true coastal lifestyle that celebrates the area’s longstanding
on the edge of the island. Details: Town of Atlantic Beach,
maritime traditions. Experience a window into this world at
P.O. Box 10, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, 252-726-2121,
the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.
The museum is on Harkers Island, the community where
BEAUFORT Celebrating 300 years, Beaufort is North Carolina’s third-oldest town and serves as the seat of Carteret County. Founded in 1709, Beaufort-by-the-Sea was incorporated in 1722 and given its regal name in honor of Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort. Beaufort history is rife with visiting pirates and patriots. It is believed that the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the pirate’s flagship, lies just offshore. Historic homes with wide and comfortable porches grace the tree-lined streets, while the waterfront area provides views of spectacular yachts, as well as the noble wild ponies on nearby Carrot Island. Small shops, fine
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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY Carteret County encompasses many waterfront communities along the coast, each with its own unique characteristics and qualities, from the mainland to the barrier island of Bogue Banks. A vacation and relocation destination, Carteret County was formed in 1722 from Craven County. It was named in honor of Sir John Carteret, afterwards Earl of Granville, one of the Lords Proprietors. Details: contact the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, 800-622-6278, nccoastchamber.com.
NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
private ferries take locals and visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore for some of the best fishing and shelling around.
INDIAN BEACH/SALTER PATH With an annual swell of vacationers, Indian Beach manages to stay a cozy community, with a permanent
The 150-year-old Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one
population around 200. The community is literally
of North Carolina’s seven renowned lighthouses, with a
intertwined with the community of Salter Path, as the
distinctive black-and-white diamond pattern. This much-
quaint beach town surrounds Salter Path on both the
visited Down East attraction has been a navigational aid to
east and the west. Salter Path and Indian Beach offer
seafarers since 1859. It is a towering figure in both height
a variety of residential choices, including homes along
and local legend, and is a trademark of Eastern North
the water and condominiums that are perfect for beach
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excursions, kayaking on the sound or gazing out at the
local shrimp boats at work. Details: Town of Indian Beach, P.O. Box 306, Indian Beach, NC 28575, 252-247-3344,
One of the largest communities on Bogue Banks, the lush greenery and family-oriented beaches make Emerald
Isle a popular home and destination. Originally settled by
Between bustling downtown shops and a lively
nomadic Native Americans and whalers, the area known as
waterfront, Morehead City is fast growing with much to
Emerald Isle was largely uninhabited until the 1950s when
offer. Filling bellies with famous boat-to-table seafood
it was purchased by a group of developers. The developers
restaurants and entertaining with a charter fishing fleet,
hired a consultant to fly over the area for a visual survey
Morehead City shines as coastal living at its best. Seafood
and upon viewing the expanse of undeveloped green
enthusiasts delight in fresh North Carolina fare at area
forest, he suggested it be named “Emerald Isle.”
restaurants or purchase fresh seafood from local markets
Across the bridge from Emerald Isle to the mainland,
to prepare at home.
charming surprises await in the communities of Cape
As the commercial hub of Carteret County, Morehead
Carteret and Cedar Point. These amiable areas offer
City has specialty shops to suit every need, with a selection
attractive soundside living and a treasure trove of fine
of art galleries for the connoisseur. Morehead City is also
antique shops, as well as major shopping venues. Details:
home to the county’s growing offering of medical services,
Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle,
with everything from family practice to specialized
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medicine, dental and emergency care to the myriad of
to near Emerald Isle. The early owners’ priorities for
services offered through Carteret General Hospital.
minimal disturbance of the island dynamics in its
The community is also home to one of the state’s
development make Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s
two deepwater ports where ships dock from all over
most ecologically sensitive towns and a sanctuary for sea
the world. Morehead City’s delightful mixture of coastal
turtles and coastal birds.
cottages, waterfront homes, contemporary homes,
Pine Knoll Shores is also home to the NC Aquarium
townhouses and apartments and more have people
at Pine Knoll Shores, attracting visitors from across
dropping anchor. Details: Town of Morehead City, 706
the nation. Details: Town of Pine Knoll Shores, 100
Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557, 252-726-
Municipal Circle, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, 252-
NEWPORT One of the fastest growing communities on the Crystal Coast, Newport welcomes newcomers and military retirees alike with its hometown qualities and close proximity to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Newport lets residents stay close to base but not live on base or in a community with a majority of military residents. Besides giving residents a break from work, this little hamlet is a close-knit community with spectacular waterfront views. Details: Town of Newport, P.O. Box 1869, Newport, NC 28570, 252-223-4749, townofnewport.com. PINE KNOLL SHORES In the maritime forest, nestled between the oceanside dunes and quiet waters of Bogue Sound, is the little residential community of Pine Knoll Shores. The land was developed by children of Theodore Roosevelt, who were heirs of Alice Hoffman, a property owner of the land on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach
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of River Bend Plantation, it was renamed the town of River
AT A G L A N C E C R AV E N C O U N T Y
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY From history coming alive to cutting edge technology, palaces to planes, teeing off the green to unfurling the sails, Craven County has different communities for visitors to retirees that all contribute something unique to create a county full of vitality and spirit. Details: Craven County Visitor and Convention Center, P.O. Box 1713, New Bern, NC 28563, 800-437-5767, visitnewbern.com
Havelock is probably best known as home to the world’s
Bend in 1981.
largest Marine Corps Air Station, MCAS Cherry Point. Cherry
River Bend is a quiet community offering a variety of
Point is one of the largest employers of both Craven and
lifestyles, from townhome living to private homes. Most
neighboring Carteret County, employing a large number of
residences offer views of either the water or the golf course.
civilians as well as active-duty military.
River Bend has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast, and
Residents and visitors alike fill up on annual events such
popular pastimes include fishing, sailing and kayaking. Details:
as the North Carolina Chili Festival in the fall and an air show
Town of River Bend, River Bend Town Hall, 45 Shoreline Dr.,
featuring some of coast’s best aerial and military demonstrations
River Bend, NC 28562, 252-638-3870, ci.river-bend.nc.us.
during summer. These, plus a tourist center and the natural attractions of the Croatan National Forest, are just some of
Havelock’s charms. Details: City of Havelock, P.O. Box 368,
Along the Trent River, the town of Trent Woods offers
Havelock, NC 28532, 252-444-6400, cityofhavelock.com
a tranquil waterfront lifestyle for everyone, from those just
or the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, 252-447-1101,
starting their lives together to those looking for a quiet place
to retire. The town has been welcoming new residents with hospitality and a neighbor-helping-neighbor attitude since it incorporated in 1959. Details: Town of Trent Woods, George
NEW BERN North Carolina’s colonial capital, New Bern gives residents and visitors a look back in time with historic landmarks and beautiful riverside living. Swiss Baron Christopher de Graffenried founded New Bern, the second-oldest town in North Carolina. He named the city after Bern, Switzerland, and began a longstanding bond between the two cities that share the proud symbol of the bear (“Bern” comes from “bären”, the German word for “bears”). While providing all the shopping and dining selections associated with larger cities, New Bern thrives on its smalltown charm. The downtown area provides a scenic place to stroll, shop, dine, see the sites, and enjoy nature in the spacious waterfront park. A history-lover’s Mecca, New Bern is dotted with more than 150 historic landmarks. It is the proud birthplace of Pepsi Cola, developed by a local pharmacist named Caleb Bradham in the late 1800s. Adding to the city’s colonial charm, a beautiful reproduction of the original Georgian brick governor’s mansion stands in the heart of downtown at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. Details: City of New Bern, P.O. Box 1129, New Bern, NC
4000, ci.new-bern.nc.us or the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, 252-637-3111, newbernchamber.com. RIVER BEND Just a few miles south of New Bern, bordered by the Trent River on the south and a navigable canal system on the east, lies the town of River Bend. Founded in 1980 as the City
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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY From Camp Lejeune to camping on the beach, Onslow County has a variety of communities with terrific amenities that range from surfing to shopping. This is country living with the city comforts, as Jacksonville mixes with incredible farmlands and beautiful beaches. Details: Onslow County Tourism, onslowcountytourism.com, 800-982-2144 and Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce, 800-626-2780, topsailcoc.com.
AT A G L A N C E O N L S O W C O U N T Y
All Around Appeal HOLLY RIDGE
Chartered in 1941, Holly Ridge is a thriving residential
Richlands has the distinction of not only being an
hamlet. The town’s population of 1,000 residents is a shadow
agricultural hub, but also the site of the first graded school,
of its former self, when, 60 years ago, there were more than
the first public high school and the first library in the county.
110,000 people living and working at Camp Davis, a World War
Richlands commemorates its colorful history with the Onslow
II Army artillery-training base. Holly Ridge includes restaurants,
County Museum’s changing exhibits. The town boasts a beautiful
shopping, golfing and more. Details: Town of Holly Ridge, 212
historic district and is home to the Albert J. Ellis Airport, which
N Dyson Street, Holly Ridge, NC 28445, 910-329-7081.
offers daily flight service via US Airways Express and Delta. Details: Town of Richlands, 118 Hargett St., Richlands, NC
Jacksonville is the commercial nexus of Onslow County and home to both Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine
Corps Air Station New River. Jacksonville has a small town feel,
Sneads Ferry is located on the New River near the northern
while still providing all the stores and conveniences associated
tip of Topsail Island off NC Highway 172. The river joins the
with larger cities. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is home
Intracoastal Waterway at Sneads Ferry, providing access to
to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee
the Atlantic Ocean. Sneads Ferry has a bustling commercial
population of more than 150,000 people. Marine Corps Air
fishing community that takes in more fish than any other
Station New River provides a full array of aviation facilities
Onslow County port. During World War II Marine Corps Base
supporting the Fleet Marine Force and other Department of
Camp Lejeune was established just north of Sneads Ferry and
Defense members. Both bases are the heart of Jacksonville’s
ever since, many active duty Marines and their families have
continued and impressive growth. In return, Jacksonville
selected Sneads Ferry to live or to retire. Seafood lovers never
embraces its proud military background, saluting those who
miss the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival every August. Charter
serve and their families. Details: City of Jacksonville, P.O. Box
boats and headboat fishing is available, as well as horseback
128, Jacksonville, NC 28541, 910-938-5200, ci.jacksonville.
riding, shopping and great seafood restaurants. Details: Onslow
County, 118 Old Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540, 910347-4717, co.onslow.nc.us, sneadsferrynorthcarolina.com or
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH For locally famous Stump Sound oysters and renowned
Onslow County Tourism, onslowcountytourism.com, 800-9822144.
inlet surf fishing, the only place to go is North Topsail Beach. Even though it shares a third of the Southern Outer Banks
barrier island known as Topsail Island with two other island
Historic Swansboro is full of waterfront charm. Located
towns, North Topsail Beach enjoys some “island exclusivity” and
along the White Oak River, the town boasts everything from
is home to picturesque marshes on the sound side and beautiful
specialty shops and terrific restaurants on the downtown
dunes and beaches on the ocean side. These natural attractions
waterfront. Go antiquing, charter fishing or dine at one of the
allow tons of activities, including kayaking, beachcombing,
town’s eateries while enjoying a perfect view. Historic Swansboro
boating and more. A wide range of accommodations share
offers bicycle trails and plenty of places to put in a boat or kayak
the area, including luxury resorts and incredible beach homes.
to sight-see on the go. Nearby Hammocks Beach State Park
Details: Town of North Topsail Beach, 2008 Loggerhead Court,
offers an excellent opportunity to view nature up close. Details:
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460, 910-328-1349, north-topsail-
Town of Swansboro, 502 Church St., Swansboro, NC 28584,
910-326-4428, swansboro-nc.org or Swansboro Chamber of Commerce, 910-326-1174, swansboroncchamber.com.
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