Cedar Island Adventure..
Looking for your next adventure while you’re staying on the Crystal Coast? Cedar Island is the way to go. Cedar Island is an island and a small coastal unincorporated community in eastern North Carolina. It is located in Carteret County. It was populated with local Native Americans prior to the arrival of European settlers.
Also- this is very affordable.
The drive itself is very scenic, lots of places to stop for photo opportunities. Once you get there you can park and go straight on the beach where you’ll run into roaming horses! They belong to a stable on the beach but are allowed to roam free all day!
If you want to explore more there is a ferry right there that goes straight to Ocracoke Island!