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THe Crystal Coast

The United States Marine Corps has a significant presence in and around the Crystal Coast.

A First Timers
Must Do List!

We know time is precious - particularly your vacation and family time! So, after many years of visiting the Crystal Coast and living in nearby Cherry Point, if you nothing with this web site, check out our top three list! A quick hit list of places to stay, things to do and places to eat!

The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of coastline in North Carolina that extends from the Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes 56 miles of protected beaches, westward to the New River.

It is also known as the Southern Outer Banks (SOBX) and is a popular area with tourists and second-home owners in the summer. The absolute boundaries of this coast are often disputed, but the main area includes all the major Carteret County beaches (those on Bogue Banks, which face south).

It also includes eastern portions of Carteret County, such as Harkers Island, Down East and Shackleford Banks, as well as the northern Onslow County beaches (Bear Island/Hammock's Beach), and a few ports along the Intra-coastal Waterway.

Welcome all newcomers to the Lower Outer Banks of North Carolina. You might be a Marine newly stationed to Camp LeJeune, relocating for a job, retiring in the area or enjoying a wonderful vacation, we hope this website will help you find your way around the Crystal Coast.

Having been stationed at Cherry Point MCAS in the 1970's, Atlantic Beach, Bogue Banks, Emerald Isle and all the dunes in between became a favorite get away on weekends.

Read more about our 3 Generation Marine Corps family and ties to the Crystal Coast [HERE}

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