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Perfect weather to visit Carteret County


Most people come to the beach during the summertime when the water has warmed to the point that swimming is nice. I enjoy swimming in the ocean each summer, but my favorite season on the coast is fall. The days are warm and the nights are cool. I should also mention the fish are usually biting also.

This is an especially great time to visit the beach if you are thinking about moving or retiring here. Most of the people still around are locals. The restaurants are not crowded or rushed so striking up a conversation with another person is pretty easy.  read more »

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Why we picked Carteret County-ten reasons


Figuring out a place to live is perhaps one of the most complex things we do with the exception of finding a partner for our lives.

There are actually some remarkable similarities. While you can visit a place many times or go out on numerous dates with your mate-to-be, you likely will never really know them until you get married.

At a certain point, a leap of faith is involved in choosing a mate or a place to live. You have to gamble that both the facts and your intuition are right. Even after years, you might not know if you have made the right decisions.

Eventually you come to the point of choosing to make lemonade out of any of the lemons you have found in your life or making radical changes.

I am happy to report that I haven't had to make much lemonade either with living in Carteret County or with my soul mate.

When we started looking for a place, we did it together with the knowledge that no place is perfect.

We also began our search with the thought that time is of the essence which means that if we were going to try something new, now was the time.  read more »

Why I love living in Carteret County


It is really hard to narrow down what got my wife and I to plant some roots in Carteret County.

It turned out that water views and access to water were key to our decisions.

Examining what we went through is a good way to see how we decided what we wanted.

First I have a long history with the area. I have a picture of me fishing on the point at Emerald Isle in 1969 so I guess the seeds were planted early.  read more »

What is special about the Crystal Coast


Many of us who live on along the shore of Bogue Sound in Carteret and Onslow Counties have a slight but persistent smile on our faces. Even when the weather is a little out of sorts, we know that we are living in one the greatest places on earth.

That is a pretty tall statement, but I actually think that I have the travel credentials to back it up. In fact we have lived in some spectacular places like the Nova Scotia shore. I have also been to New Zealand, Australia, Prince Edward Island, and spent far too much time in my corporate career in California.  read more »