North Carolina warmly invites you in, captivates your imagination and makes it nearly impossible not to take hold. Worries can’t follow you to a place this beautiful. With more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and dozens of charming small towns, the pristine landscape of the North Carolina coast is made for relaxation. Explore lighthouses on our beaches, rivers and sounds. Tee it up on world-class golf courses. Watch wild horses run free along the towering dunes and stretching shores of Currituck or hike a beautiful trail around Corolla for even more amazing views. Race down Jockey’s Ridge, and find the catch of a lifetime in Gulf Stream waters. See relics from Blackbeard’s infamous ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, along the rare, south-facing beaches of the Crystal Coast. Boat, fish, shop or taste exquisite seafood caught the same day along the 45 miles of pristine, uncrowded beaches of NC’s Brunswick Islands. Watch surfers catch waves at Wrightsville Beach, one of the top surf spots, or even dive into the water yourself and practice all watersports or learn to surf. Whether you’re looking to get away for a weekend or going on a long family trip, North Carolina’s coast offers plenty of opportunities for everyone. Customize your vacation and choose from more than 700 Emerald Isle Realty beach homes, classic cottages or condos to make your trip memorable. Or stay in a Bluewater Vacation Rental property with family-friendly vacation options spanning from Emerald Isle to Beaufort. However you define a great vacation, you’ll find it along the coast of North Carolina. Discover more at VisitNC.com today.