Visiting the Nearby Coast of Carolina Shores

Whether you’re planning a visit to North Carolina or you’ve been seriously considering a move and looking at new construction homes in the Carolina Shores—we’ve got three reasons why North Carolina is just about everything you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Reason #1: North Carolina Beaches

Alright, so this is a little on the nose. Right? And if it’s not completely obvious to you, then you’re going to be pleasantly surprised (we’re uh...shore of it). Because the Carolina Shores have a little something to offer just about everyone.

 

In search of the perfect family beach? You got it. Looking for a romantic getaway? Check and check. Or maybe you just want to find a place where you can lay back and relax for a while. Your beach-side bungalow awaits. Here’s a look at a few top beaches, based on your vibe.

 

Untamed Beauty: Crystal Coast

On the Crystal Coast, you’re just a ferry ride away from glimpsing wild horses, sea turtles, and dolphins in their own habitat. And if that isn’t enough life for you, go below the surface—literally. It’s also known as one of the top diving destinations in North America. Enjoy more than 85 miles of coastline, then take a trip out to Beaufort—known as “America’s Favorite Town.”

 

History & Good Eats: Inner Coastal Plan

Tucked between urban centers and coastal towns, find the kind of wine and dining you’ve been looking for with just enough charming history to convince yourself that it’s not just the food you’re after. And we aren’t talking about seafood here either. The Inner Coastal Plain is also home to the state’s great barbecue debate. Weigh in on it yourself at the Skylight Inn—a longtime BBQ joint with a no-frills setup offering Carolina-style classics. Or check out Vivian Howard's Chef & the Farmer restaurant, and follow it all up with a visit to Duplin Winery. Oh yeah, and you’ll also be right near Halifax, the “Birthplace of Independence.”

 

Star-Studded Surfing: Wilmington Area

Family-friendly, with options for surfing and other water sports, could be enough to make this spot grand. But if you’re a movie buff, forget all of that stuff. This area has also hosted 400+ TV and film productions. What? So somewhere along your journey of exploring the Wilmington area’s three family-friendly island beaches, try and catch a glimpse of some of your favorite movie backdrops.

 

Reason #2: North Carolina Fishing

Alright, enough the beach life you say. What about the North Carolina Fishing scene? You can find some North Carolina fishing at the Crystal Coast, and you won’t regret it if you’re interested in some of the other attractions too.

 

But if you’ve got some major fish wishes, you’ll want to check out either Albemarle or Pamlico. Rumor has it that you’ll find better options in Pamlico, which is known for its Tarpon and large Red Drum fisheries during the summertime, and cobia fishing in the late spring, early summer months near the Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets. Plus there are many creeks and marsh areas off of the sounds that hold the usual fish—like trout, flounder, and schoolie rockfish. If you’re looking for rock fishing instead though, head to Albemarle at Mann's Harbor.

 

Reason #3: North Carolina Seafood

Now say you like all of this fish talk, but you’d rather stand in line than throw a line. Well, no worries. There are many, many North Carolina seafood options to choose from. The hard part will be choosing. As a general rule of thumb though, seek out things like mahi-mahi, tuna, swordfish, and other large migratory species. You could also have decent luck with trout, shrimp, and blue crabs—all of which can be found and caught in the area.

 

Now we’re not ones to call out favorites, but if you’re looking for a place to buy or eat fresh fish that’s already been prepared, Harbor House Seafood Market in Hatteras tops more than one “must visit” list. And if you’re into simple, the Waterfront Seafood Shack in Calabash has some loyal fans.

 

If you could pick only one, it would be a hard choice between North Carolina Beaches, North Carolina Fishing, and North Carolina Seafood. But the good news is, you don’t have to. You can have your fish, and catch it too—on the beach. Because in North Carolina, life is a beach.

 

Now go find yourself a new construction home in Carolina Shores—because, c’mon. Who wouldn’t want to live here? We’ve even worked up a list for you on the 5 Best Places to Live.

 

 

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Published 10.07.2021

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