The Crystal Coast

Welcome to the Crystal Coast!

The Crystal Coast is all of Carteret County, North Carolina. It is North Carolina’s central coast and the southern region of the barrier island system called the Outer Banks. The Crystal Coast includes Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Down East villages and the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The Crystal Coast’s 1064 square miles is nearly half land and half water. It is composed of 531 square miles of land and 533 square miles of water. Crystal Coast beaches face south from the southern point of Core Banks at Cape Lookout to the west end of Bogue Banks. Therefore, the sun rises, sets and tracks along the ocean beaches for the length of each day. The day-long sparkle on the ocean water gives the Crystal Coast its moniker.

1 Mile From Whaler Inn N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

From the mountains to the sea … feel the spray of a mountain waterfall. Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks — without getting wet, and much more! Visit Website

7.8 Miles From Whaler InnFort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline! Visit Website

13.4 Miles From Whaler InnThe Historic Beaufort Waterfront

Beaufort’s historic and altogether picturesque downtown is one of the most visited and most acclaimed town centers in the Inner Banks. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit! Visit Website

41.4 Miles From Whaler Inn Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace is known for being North Carolina’s first permanent state capitol, but we’re remembered for capturing imaginations. Walk in the footsteps of colonial governors and more! Visit Website

13.6 Miles from Whaler InnN.C. Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Be sure you visit us! Visit Website

5.7 Miles From Whaler InnAmos Mosquito's Restaurant

In the fall of 1998 Hallock Cooper, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, decided to open a restaurant with the help of her parents Pam and Buddy Cooper. Read more! Visit Website