What is special about the Crystal Coast

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 16:50.

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.

I do not think there is any place that can really hold a candle to the Crystal Coast or the Southern Outer Banks as some of us prefer to call it.

Certainly if you enjoy the water, love fishing, boating, hiking, and walking on uncrowded beaches, this place is hard to beat. And if for some strange reason, our beaches do not suit you, it does not take long to get to Ocracoke which has the top ranked beaches in the world.

Our area is special because of the small town feel that comes from our unique towns which include Swansboro, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and Beaufort among others.

While Route 24 and 70 are nominally our main roads, the real main road is the Intracoastal Waterway which runs from Beaufort down Bogue Sound to Swansboro.

We are an area that attracts tourists, but we have a strong population of year around residents which keeps our shops and restaurants running through out the year.

The Southern Outer Banks also happens to be one of the friendliest spots on earth. The local event calendars often have multiple festivals on the same weekends.

If one thing is clear besides our crystal waters, it is that the people of the Crystal Coast love to get together and have fun whether it is eating steamed oysters, lobsters, barbecue, grouper, shrimp, or mullet.

You might get the idea that sea food is nearly the only food available, but we have true supermarkets stocked with plenty of land based food from produce, and chicken to Angus beef. We even have local farmers who sell their crops at local stands.

Not only is the area a great place to visit, it is an even better place to live. With a mild climate, low taxes, and reasonably priced water access communities, the Crystal Coast is one of the great secrets among wonderful places to live on the coast.

All of the services are close at hand from grocery stores to shopping centers, medical services, and home improvement stores.

When you have access to all your services with no traffic jams and live in great neighborhoods sprinkled along our crystal clear waters, it is pretty easy to have a smile on your face.

The schools are even excellent.

With truly friendly people as your neighbors in an area which rarely even sees a snowflake, you can easily see why our smiles are persistent.

Visit my Carteret County Blog http://coastalnc.org/carteretcounty/ for more information.