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Get to Know the Small Towns of the Crystal Coast

Spinnaker’s Reach Realty offers pristine vacation rentals on Emerald Isle, a world-class vacation destination on the Crystal Coast. However, outside of Emerald Isle, the Crystal Coast has plenty more to offer adventurous travelers. Our rentals are a short jaunt from many unique and charming Crystal Coast towns. Are you planning on venturing off the island? We’re here to help, so keep reading to learn more about the small towns of the Crystal Coast. 

Atlantic Beach 

Atlantic Beach is approximately 30 minutes from our Emerald Isle vacation rentals. We urge you to pack the poles and head to Oceana Fishing Pier for beautiful views and fantastic fishing. After a few exciting catches, put on your shopping shoes and head to Atlantic Beach Boardwalk. Here you will find various shopping opportunities, from beachwear to souvenirs.


Downtown Beaufort is the fourth oldest city in North Carolina, which means it’s another Crystal Coast town chockfull of history. This town is approximately 45 minutes from our Emerald Isle vacation rentals. Explore the Beaufort Historic Site, North Carolina Maritime Museum, or rent a boat, canoe, or kayak. Beaufort is also known for its delectable seafood restaurants.

Morehead City

As the largest community on the Crystal Coast, Morehead City combines a quintessential beach town with an urban vibe. Enjoy beaches, history, activities, entertainment, and educational opportunities. We recommend adding this stop to your Crystal Coast “towns to see” list. 

New Bern 

New Bern is home to an array of downtown storefronts and dining at waterfront restaurants. However, this Crystal Coast town is best known as the home of Pepsi. The Pepsi-Cola Corporation is still based here. You can learn more about the origins of Pepsi at the Pepsi Family Center, an interactive museum at the North Carolina History Center. The drive to New Bern is approximately 45 minutes from our Emerald Isle vacation rentals.


Swansboro is known as the “Friendly City by the Sea,” and we agree. This Crystal Coast town is as sweet as it sounds, and it’s only five miles from our Emerald Isle vacation rentals. Explore the historic downtown area’s art galleries, restaurants, shops, and parks. The outdoor adventurers can opt for various water activities like kayaking, jet-skiing, swimming, boating, fishing, paddleboarding, and more. 

Emerald Isle 

At Spinnaker’s Reach Realty, we believe that Emerald Isle is the crown jewel of the Crystal Coast. While not the biggest or most historical of the towns on the Crystal Coast, it is the perfect place for a family vacation. Between swimming, sandcastle building, surfing, fishing, and boating, the entire family will be happy with a day in the sun. Then there is Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway features mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, and The Salty Pirate Water Park. The kids will have plenty to write about when they go back to school. 

Well-Appointed Accommodations on the Crystal Coast 

Each of these Crystal Coast towns has its unique style and characteristics. Our vacation rentals on Emerald Isle are ideally located for exploring all of these towns. After your busy day exploring all that the Crystal Coast has to offer, retire to your beautiful vacation home. Book today! We look forward to seeing you. 

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