An Itinerary for Thrill-Seekers on the Crystal Coast
Beach vacations for most of us can be summed up in one word: Relaxation. But a few thrill-seekers on the Crystal Coast look for an itinerary that’s a bit more adventurous. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, we’ve got some great suggestions for a vacation that’s a pure adrenaline rush.
1 – Hike or Bike the Crystal Coast
For thrill-seekers on the Crystal Coast looking for more than our sandy shores, there’s plenty to do. Maritime forests run wild through our coast, offering hiking and biking trails for you to discover. Fort Macon Nation Park has a wonderful trail along the beach and through the trees offering a great place to get your muscles burning while you enjoy the outdoors.
Hikers in Western Carteret County might want to try the 5.5-mile segment of the beautiful Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing Boating Access Area off Highway 58 North of Cedar Point. This is a great trail for beginners or seasoned hikers.
2 – Dive the Crystal Coast
If you prefer an underwater adventure, take an excursion with a local dive company and scuba dive one of the hundreds of wrecks along our Crystal Coast. Explore the secrets the ocean floor has been holding onto for all these years. Marine life runs wild below sea level, so plan to discover marine life up-close that you never thought you would experience in your lifetime.
There is plenty to see, too. The NC Coast is known as The Graveyard of the Atlantic. Its historic shipwrecks make it a top destination for scuba divers, from beginners to advanced.
3 – Play on the Water
If exploring the depths of the ocean isn’t up your alley, don’t let that stop you from enjoying the ocean. The breaks of the waves at the surface can be your playground! Choose from stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, kiteboards, skimboards, and bodyboards to play in the waves or at the shoreline – just choose your favorite board.
If you didn’t travel with your own board, no need to fret. There are plenty of surf shops and rental companies where you can rent one during your vacation. If you prefer not to venture out on your own – there are tours with guides that will show you our coast and give you a real local’s view of the waterways.
4 – Skydive the Crystal Coast
Looking for the ultimate thrill? How about breathtaking views of the Crystal Coast from above? Crystal Coast Skydiving will take you up to an altitude of 9,000 feet, and while you’re ascending you may have the opportunity to see large schools of fish, dolphins, sharks, and the wild horses on Shackleford Banks.
If 30 seconds of freefall sounds exhilarating then add this to your vacation itinerary while you’re staying with us on the southern Outer Banks.
Here are a few more ideas for Crystal Coast thrill-seekers:
- Bike riding through the Croatan Forest
- Take a Kayak, Paddleboard, Canoe, or Fishing tour of Hammocks Beach
- Show off your moves by booking a kiteboarding lesson
- Start your day by renting jet skis to cruise the coastal waterways
- Book a deep-sea fishing cruise with Capt. Stacy
- Try a cruise to Cape Lookout and climb the 207 steps to the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
- Catch a ferry from Morehead City, Beaufort, or Harkers Island and explore to your heart’s content
Interested in a few more vacation activities while you’re on the southern Outer Banks? Check out the following blog posts:
- Southern Outer Banks North Carolina Things to Do
- 10 Emerald Isle Activities for a Fall Getaway
- Top To-Dos for Your Crystal Coast Bucket List
Are you more of a thrill-seeker or someone who’d rather relax on the beach? Which of the activities we mentioned would you try first? Let us know in the comment below!