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Spotlight on our Favorite Parks Along The Crystal Coast

Spotlight on our Favorite Parks Along The Crystal Coast

Today, we’re sharing our favorite parks on the Crystal Coast.

We all know that location plays a major part in your search for the perfect home. You might think the closer you are to where you work, go to the gym, or buy your groceries would be the best option, but something else to consider is how close you are to your local parks and recreation centers. You might want to focus on things you and your family will want to use for many years to come. Parks are not only a great place to meet new neighbors, but they can also increase property value in the long run.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Of all the favorite parks, this one is THE most favorite for many.

There may not be any swings or playgrounds at arguably the most famous park along our coast, but there is plenty of thrills for those who dare climb to the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. The Island Express Ferry Service has boats departing from Harkers Island and Beaufort that you can take to reach the destination. When you reach the island, you can pay the per person fee to venture to the top and take in the incredible views from atop the 12 story lighthouse. There are over 200 narrow steps that lead you to the light at the top of the tunnel, and some rules that you must follow in order to be allowed entrance to climb.

Even if you’re not planning on climbing the lighthouse, be sure to stop in the old lightkeeper’s house! You can learn all about how the operation was handled before electricity was available on the island. Try to pick up the oil can and imagine lugging it up those steps a few times a day!

Senator Jean Preston Playground

Photo of the Playground Equipment is Courtesy of Playworld, the designers and builders of the park.

Tucked away in the far corner of the Emerald Isle Boat Ramp Parking Lot, sits a beautiful playground designed for all kids to enjoy. It’s the newest park to make our Favorite Parks list!

The park is named after late Senator Jean Preston, an EI local, former teacher, and NC General Assembly Member. A majority of the playground equipment is designed for the accessibility of children of all abilities. This is definitely a must-stop park for families with kids who like to roam and explore, as there are tons of different activities and places to explore.

The safety-surfacing allows people of all ages to walk with ease and doesn’t leave a mess behind to find in shoes and socks later. After playtime, you can walk down to the end of the pedestrian dock along the boat ramp canal for a picnic with a perfect backdrop for a family photo opportunity. Throughout the summer, the town of Atlantic Beach hosts weekly concerts and movie nights- so be sure to check the schedule and plan ahead!

Atlantic Beach Town Park

Make sure to stop for a family photo at the Custom-Painted hole in the wall mural, created by our very own Stephanie Ross

The Atlantic Beach Town Park has something for everyone in the family. Amenities at the park include an 18 hole mini-golf course, a concession stand, splash pad, playground, basketball court, and skate park. A trip here can be a great way to end or begin any beach day.

The park is located right across from the Atlantic Station Shopping Center, where there’s a Move Theater, Lazer Tag Arena, Bookstore, and Toy Store, so if a sporadic summertime thunderstorm pops up, there are a few options to hunker down close by.

If your family is up for some wooded adventure, the Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail can be found on the Eastern edge of the shopping center parking lot, across from Bojangles. Mini Golf and Concessions do cost money, so save up the change in those piggy banks and cash in on some fun in the sun!

Shevans Park

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Located just a few blocks away from all the excitement at the Morehead City Waterfront, stands a few unique family gathering places at Shevans Park. Four full-size Tennis Courts are available for those looking to volley, and a large wooden castle-themed playground is the main attraction for children. There’s also a covered gazebo area with restrooms.

The unique design of the playground area is captivating for kids used to the typical plastic/metal structures. Just make sure to watch out for splinters! Two of the tennis courts are lighted, for those looking to volley after dark to avoid the heat of the summer. Picnic Shelters can be rented out for Birthday Parties or special events, for just $25 and there are two charcoal grills on-site for easy cookouts!

Reservations are required for groups wishing to reserve the playground and picnic shelter. Picnic shelters are available for birthday parties, and events. The picnic shelter rental fee is $25. Please contact Morehead City Parks at Recreation staff at 252-726-5083, ext. 1, or the Recreation Center (1600 Fisher Street) to complete the rental application and provide rental payment.
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Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

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Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

If you love golf, I bet when you think of a golf vacation, places like California or Florida are probably the first places that come to mind. But, if you haven’t considered North Carolina’s Crystal Coast as a golf destination, put it on your list, now.

North Carolina has been a golf destination since the 1890s, and the legendary Pinehurst course has been dubbed the “Home of American Golf.” There are hundreds of golf courses in the state, but one of the most underrated places to play is on the Crystal Coast. The breathtaking coastal landscapes combined with the excellent beaches and mild weather truly make it a golfer’s paradise.

Golf vacations have become a popular way for tourists to unwind and experience new places. And, golf is much more than just a fun activity; it has excellent mental and physical health benefits. These benefits include reducing stress, maintaining mental alertness, and exercise. We’re sharing a few reasons why you should plan a golf vacation in North Carolina, specifically on the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Golf Courses

man dressed in blue golfing on a beautiful, lush, green golf course with vivid green trees in the background.

Golf lovers, put the Crystal Coast on your radar. There are dozens of golf courses, both on the coast and within short driving distance, you can choose from, ranging from beginner to championship courses. We invite you to explore our scenic courses and experience everything our slice of paradise has to offer. So why not start planning a Crystal Coast golf vacation? It’s good for your health!

Crystal Coast Country Club

The Crystal Coast Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course in Pine Knoll Shores. The beautiful rolling terrain here provides a picturesque background for your day at the course. You can play on the newly renovated championship golf course, fit with new tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, and more. And when you’re ready to play, you can book your tee time at Crystal Coast Country Club here.

Star Hill Golf Club

The fairways of Star Hill Golf Club have been a favorite spot to golf on the Crystal Coast for over 50 years. This challenging golf course in Cape Carteret features 27 holes on beautiful greens. All rates include a golf cart, and the course is open, rain or shine. Call (252) 393-8111 to reserve your tee time at Star Hill Golf Club, a favorite among locals. 

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

Golfers of any skill level will love playing a round of golf at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. There are even junior holes perfect for beginners or young children, so you could even make your golf vacation a family golf vacation! The newly renovated greens recently reopened so now you can play the entire course once again. If you’re interested, you can find the Brandywine Bay Golf Club rates here. 

Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

crystal coast golf enthusiast getting ready to tee off

Now that you’ve read about a few of the Crystal Coast’s golf courses, it’s time to start planning your North Carolina vacation. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting for your getaway. Whether you’re visiting the Crystal Coast on your own, as a couple, or if you’re traveling with a bigger group, you’ll find something everyone can enjoy! Browse all of our properties here, and we’ll see you on the golf course!

Have you been golfing on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite courses in the comments below!

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Southern Outer Banks North Carolina Things to Do

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Southern Outer Banks North Carolina Things to Do

Along the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina is a stretch of 85 miles of breathtaking sandy shores. The crystalline blue water of this region is why it is often referred to as the Crystal Coast. There are several beach towns here that have distinct histories, natural areas, and activities to enjoy. No matter what beach town you’re looking to visit, we here at Bluewater Vacation Rentals offer a wide variety of vacation homes all along the Crystal Coast. 

Nature enthusiasts will fall in love with the area’s numerous state parks, kayaking, boating, biking, hiking, and beachcombing opportunities. Additionally, history buffs can spend their time on the Crystal Coast exploring museums and historic sites. There are so many things to do on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, so read on for the best ways to explore this beautiful slice of paradise. 

Boat Rentals and Tours on the Crystal Coast

men on a crystal coast fishing charter boat with fishing poles cast into the water

One of our favorite ways to experience the Crystal Coast is on the water. Rent a boat for the day from Crystal Coast Boat Charters and Rentals and traverse the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound near Emerald Isle, NC. Take the boat out island hopping to the uninhabited barrier islands along the Crystal Coast or spend the day fishing. 

If you want to experience the best fishing spots with a local expert, take a fishing charter with  Capt. Stacy Fishing Center in Atlantic Beach, NC. From shark fishing to full-day fishing trips, Capt. Stacy has a trip for anyone to enjoy. For a customized and private excursion, book a tour with Crystal Coast Ecotours. Take a boat tour and see salt marshes, birds, ponies, and maritime forests along the way. The other tours include dolphin watching, fishing, wild horse watching, surf fishing, and more. Check out all of the exciting trips with Crystal Coast Ecotours here.

Bike Rentals and Tours on the Crystal Coast

an assortment of pastel colored bikes with baskets along the beaufort nc waterfront

The best way to explore the Crystal Coast on land is on a bike or beach cruiser. Beachside Bikes have locations in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Rent a bicycle for the day and cycle to the best sites and things to do on the Crystal Coast. Hwy 58 Bikes offers rentals for electric and cruiser bikes on the Crystal Coast. A bike rental is an exceptional way to experience and explore the breathtaking beauty of Emerald Isle. 

You can find a unique selection of biking tours at Hungry Town Tours in Beaufort. The Beaufort culinary bike tour includes three stops for appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The tour works with restaurants that offer fresh and local products. Peddle through history on the hidden Beaufort tour. See hundreds of historic homes while learning the significant history of this port town.

Spacious Vacation Rentals with Bluewater 

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After a day exploring the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina and the things to do, you’ll be more than ready to unwind. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting to relax during your getaway. Take in a spectacular sunset from the porch of one of our Emerald Cottages, ideal for families. Browse our complete collection of vacation rentals here and call us at 866-231-5892 if you have any questions!

What’s Your Favorite Thing to Do?

What was your favorite thing to do on the Crystal Coast? Have you heard the Crystal Coast referred to as the Southern Outer Banks before? We’d love to know. Kick off the conversation in the comments below! 

Inside Look: Knot A Care

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Fishing on the Crystal Coast

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Fishing on the Crystal Coast is a popular pastime for both locals and visitors. From the White Oak River, creeks, and inlets to the surf – there is ample opportunity and fun to be had. No matter what time of the year it is, there are always fish to be caught, so bring your fishing rods because you just might land a big one!

Cast a Line Off a Pier or in the Surf

fishing off the pier on the crystal coast

The most popular time of the year for fishing is during the Fall months. The water temperature is starting to cool down and the days are pleasant.  You can fish in the surf, off a pier, or on one of the popular charters. 

You don’t have to be a skilled angler to find remarkable fishing along our coastline. Our sound, surf, and piers offer every fisherman or woman an opportunity to reel in a prize fish!

To get an incredible view of our coastline while waiting for the fish to bite – these rare wooden fishing piers are the place to be. The Bogue Inlet Pier in the heart of Emerald Isle as well as the Oceana Pier in Atlantic Beach offer unique fishing experiences. To fish from our 1000 foot piers you don’t even need a fishing license or even a fishing pole! These one-stop fishing spots have rods available for rent and bait waiting for your big catch.

Going Out to Sea

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For the Crystal Coast, charter fishing is not just a leisure sport – it’s a lifestyle. With the bevy of tournaments held here, our sparkling waters are a playground to many sport fishers around the world.

With the Gulf Stream currents less than 40 miles from many parts of our coast, underwater beauties such as Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi, Giant Blue Fin Tuna, King Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo are popular trophies. Smaller fish that are caught in deeper waters include Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and Sea Bass.  There are many charter services on the eastern end of the county that will offer half-day, full-day, and specialty fishing adventures.

“Head boats” offer larger excursions that can take up to 50 anglers out to sea while smaller vessels accommodate private parties both offering unique fishing experiences. Specialty charters can include Sportsfishing, Shark Fishing, and even Mahi-Mahi. Spending the day miles away from shore, just waiting for that “big one” to take a bite… is an escape you won’t soon forget!  Try a charter fishing expedition while you’re here for an exhilarating unmatched experience.

September, October, and November

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Surf fishermen can expect to catch Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, Sea Mullet, and Bluefish. Live bait is best for catching Red Drum and Flounder. Shrimp and Sand Fleas are fantastic for Pompano and Mullet.

Larger fish such as Spanish and King Mackerel can be caught from the pier during September, and as we move through October, Bluefish, Black Drum and the famous Spots are present and plentiful.

November brings Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum to both the surf and pier. Bottom fishing offers a variety of fish throughout the Fall season including Black Drum, Bluefish, Pufferfish, Pompano, and Sea Mullet. Shrimp bait for bottom fishing seems to be the most popular bait.

December, January, and February

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Fishing begins to slow down as the water becomes cooler. But when the Winter is mild and the days are sunny, there’s still fish out there willing to take the bait. Fishing off the surf can bring in Sea Mullet and Pufferfish, again, using Shrimp as bait. Whereas, Red Drum can be found near the beachfront and inlets with Gulp bait or lures.

Speckled Trout are mainly found in creeks and it’s been said they love Gulp Jerk Shads and Zoom Flakes.

March through August

fishing on the white oak river

Once the temperatures begin to warm up you’ll find Sea Mullet and Pufferfish moving back in. If you’re up for a little adventure, Skates and Rays can be caught by using double hooked shrimp in the surf. 

Of course, Summer is a great time of year for fishing, and as the days get hotter there is always something different to be caught. During the early part of summer, surf and pier fishers can expect to land smaller Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and maybe a Flounder or two. Red Drums have been easily in the marshes during the early Summer and in the White Oak River near oyster beds using live bait. Mid-Summer offers Sea Mullet and small Flounder as well as the possibility of catching Tarpon with live bait from the pier.

Moving through late-Summer and into early Fall you’ll see more of the Spanish Mackerel, as well as Bluefish, larger Flounder, and Speckled Trout. You can use jigs for small Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, although Bluefish will bite at Shrimp bait as well!

Summer is also a great time of the year for bottom-fishing. There is a nice variety of fish throughout the season including Sea Mullet, Croakers, Pompano, Black Sea Bass, Gray Trout, and Gag Grouper.

Try  Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Fishing is a wonderful way of passing the time and enjoying the outdoors. Fish are plentiful along our beautiful Crystal Coast and no matter what time of the year you’re here, you’ll find there is always someone fishing.

As you’re planning your vacation, be sure to add your rods to the list of items to pack along with your fishing license. If you don’t already have one, that’s okay, too. Local tackle shops provide fishing licenses as well.

We really do have it all!

Public Boat Launches

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  • Emerald Isle Intracoastal Waterway  6800 Emerald Drive

  • Morehead City Intracoastal Waterway (behind Crystal Coast Visitors Center) 3407 Arendell Street
  • Cedar Point (Swansboro) Intracoastal Waterway 144 Cedar Point Boulevard
  • Beaufort (Taylor’s Creek) 2370 Lennoxville Road

Where to Get an NC Fishing License

Individuals 16 years of age or older using any type of bait or gear to catch finfish while fishing in North Caro­lina’s public waters must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license. This license requirement does not apply to private ponds. Individual residents who receive Food Stamps, Medicaid, or Work First Family Assistance may obtain a written waiver (Annual Subsistence License Waiver) from this fishing license requirement through the county Department of Social Services. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order (NCGS 113-270.1B).

Some licensed piers such as the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Oceanana Pier require you to purchase a pass to use their facilities and because of this, their pass may cover your NC-CRFL.

Where to Get Your NC Fishing License

  • Purchase a license in person at one of the offices of the Division of Marine Fisheries. Fishing licenses are also available at many local bait and tackle shops as well as sporting goods stores.
  • Purchase a license online on the NC Wildlife website. Once you’re on the site, just click on the green “Purchase Licenses and Permits” button.
  • Call to purchase a license at (888) 248-6834 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Will you give fishing a try while you’re on the Crystal Coast? Let us know in the comments! 

A Look At: Chateau of the Isle

This one-of-a-kind contemporary estate Chateau of the Isle is nestled in a secluded oceanfront bluff in the beautiful Sea Isle Plantation subdivision located in Indian Beach, North Carolina. Surrounded by an inviting series of terraces with unobstructed views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this truly magnificent home encompasses approximately 11,616 square feet of living space and offers 8 bedrooms and 8 and 3 1/2 baths. Privacy, peace, and quiet run abound here, as this vacation home spans 3 oceanfront lots of land.

Ground Level: Entering at ground level You have elevator access from the ground to level two in the main residence, covered parking, 2 over-sized enclosed showers offering both hot and cold. On the street side of the home, you’ll find covered and uncovered carport areas and 2 additional entrances. Enjoy a relaxing movie in the 15 seating theater room with a 150″ projector Screen.

Unique to Chateau of the Isle, this oceanfront beach home boasts three separate living areas, the Main Residence, the Second Residence, and the Third Residence. All three are connected by breezeways and terraces, but not by interior space. To access the Second and Third Residences of Chateau of the Isle, you must exit the Main Residence or use one of the exterior stairs or terraces.

Chateau of the Isle’s Main Residence begins with a spacious foyer with garage access and a grand spiral staircase and generous open living room with a 55″ TV, 75″ TV with Blu-Ray, multiple sitting areas, a game table, and a full wet bar with a sink, ice maker and fridge. Gather your entire family around the dining table or head out to the terrace to eat in the salt air. Flowing from the living space, you’ll find a Full Gourmet Kitchen, abundant with counter space, storage space, and featuring a professional Thermador cooktop with 6 gas burners and an electric griddle. Completing the gourmet kitchen is an island with a prep sink, a large Sub-Zero fridge, and a pair of freezer drawers. Attached to the kitchen is a breakfast nook with a breath-taking unobstructed ocean view, which has a wine cooler, drink fridge, and two more pairs of freezer drawers, to give your family plenty of space for wine, beer, soft drinks, and frozen food. There is an extra sink and dishwasher in the breakfast nook (to compliment the one nearby in the kitchen), along with an ice maker. Topping off the area are two 32″ TVs, one facing the breakfast nook and one facing the main kitchen. You’ll love to whip up a meal in the double convection ovens or use the microwave/convection combo, keeping your meal warm in the warming drawer if you can’t immediately gather your guests to eat. Beside the kitchen is a half-bath and laundry room. Adjacent to the gourmet kitchen, you can retire to a north-facing front outdoor terrace, from where you can enjoy the summer sunset over the trees, surrounded by lush greenery.

Passing by the elevator, which accesses all levels (from the garage to the top floor) enter into the king oceanfront suite Master Bedroom #1. It is a perfect retreat with a king-sized bed, grand walk-in closet, and private mini-fridge. Soothe your worries away in the large tiled ocean-view shower or from the jetted Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. With the press of a button, from the bed, you can enjoy a flat-screen TV that emerges mid-room as well as a picturesque view of the ocean from your terrace. Just two steps from your terrace, you can enter into the large outdoor jetted spa for a relaxing soak outside.

Heading up the grand spiral staircase, take in the lushness of Bogue Banks from the floor to ceiling windows. At the top of the stairway, you are led to Level Two of the Main Residence and the second bedroom. There you’ll find tucked behind the pocket doors, Master Bedroom #2, a cozy oceanfront king bedroom with a 55″ TV. The large, private, covered terrace directly off the second bedroom is perfect for an airy retreat. There is a pass way to the bath that also opens up to the hallway, for a shared bath with upstairs living areas. Outside Master Bedroom #2, you will find a large bonus area with a kitchenette. This adaptable space provides options for multiple uses including seclusion for games, reading, and puzzles, conferences and meetings, floor space for children to play, and plenty of storage space for event rental needs, such as tables and chairs. The elevator from the garage terminates here, allowing access to this beautiful level for guests with limited mobility.

The Second Residence is connected to the main residence by a breezeway and oceanfront terrace as well as from the lower covered parking level. Within this residence, you will find 3 king masters and a sitting area. The king oceanfront Master Suite #3 is on Level One and overlooks the pool and ocean. This suite has a king bed, 2 closets, and a sitting area. The sitting area and the bedroom each have a 50″ television. There is a full private bathroom with a tub/shower, double vanities. This floor has its own laundry area and kitchenette tucked behind Bedroom #3. Level Two is completed with two King Masters and a cozy sitting area with a sofa. The Oceanfront Master Bedroom #4 has a king bed, private terrace with raised seating overlooking the infinity pool and ocean, 50″ Television, private bath with shower stall and double sink. Overlooking the lush views of Bogue Banks sits Master Suite Bedroom #5, boasting a king bed, private bath with shower stall and double sink, 50″ Television, and an additional seating area with 2 cozy chairs and ottomans perfect for an afternoon date with your favorite book while peeking at the ocean.

The Third Residence on the eastern end of the property has its own living area with a 75″ Television connected to a Blu-Ray player above and a 50″ Television below it, a pool table, a full kitchen, a laundry room, and a half bath on Level One. This Cabana area is perfect for games and gatherings. Settle in to view some sports and shows on TV or exit to the cabana seating area under the covered terrace and enjoy views of the ocean and pool.

Level Two has a king oceanfront Master Bedroom #6, with a king-sized bed, walk-in closet, full private bath with shower stall, 43″ Television, and lots of large windows to enhance the view of your oceanfront beach retreat! Bedroom #7 is the Bunk room and features 2 twin triple bunk beds with trundles, a full bathroom with shower stall, walk-in closet, 55″ Television, and ocean views. Rounding out this level is a king suite Bedroom #8, featuring a king bed and a private bath with shower stall, 50″ Television, and walk-in closet. Windows lace the back of this master suite allowing you to take in flourishing, dense greenery of the Crystal Coast that border this secluded estate as well as a view of the ocean from the east-facing window.

Amenities included at Chateau of the Isle: Two living rooms, expansive loft, full kitchen, Gourmet Kitchen, five kitchenettes, Coffee Makers, three ovens, warming oven, two refrigerators, three icemakers, three microwaves, three dishwashers three laundry rooms with washer and dryers, High Speed Wireless Internet, 16 large flatscreen Smart TVs total with two being in both living rooms and at least one in every bedroom, Pool Table, Card/Game/Poker Table, Wet Bar, Elevator, 15 seating Theater with a 150″ Projector Screen, Ping Pong Table, Basketball Goal with Glass Backboard, Whirlpool Tub, Radiant Gas Grill, Ceiling Fans, expansive covered terrace along the entire oceanside of the estate, outdoor seating and lounge furnishings, covered showers with hot water, sand removal shower on walkway to the ocean, Private Infinity Pool (May be heated May-September for an additional $650 per week, custom quotes available for cooler weeks), Hot Tub, ocean walk with 10’x22′ deck at the dune line, perfect for small, ocean front weddings or lounging in the sun.

Don’t Miss A Visit to Moonrakers in Beaufort NC

This fall, our marketing team worked on putting together a video shoot highlighting all the best places on The Crystal Coast. We ended our shoot at Moonrakers in Beaufort!

Moonrakers is a gorgeous restaurant right on the water with rooftop dining and bar lounge in the Beaufort Historic District. They have excellent drinks, cuisine, and views – you can’t go wrong dining here!

Moonrakers in Beaufort

A quick visit to their website reveals that “Moonrakers,” named after the rectangle sail flown at the uppermost height of a three-mast 17th-century ship, is a state-of-the-art, upper-casual, full-service restaurant with rooftop dining and bar lounge area located in the Beaufort Historic District.

Moonrakers in Beaufort offers friendly, neighborly service, along with excellent food. Moonrakers Coastal Cuisine features a captivating dining room and bar overlooking the waterfront on the ground floor including 14-foot open ceilings, a display kitchen, a custom mural, acoustical sails, a dedicated wine wall, and a wood-fired brick oven. The comfortable décor is centered around an inviting, light, and airy coastal themed atmosphere featuring original artwork by our local artists as well as entertainment by some of the best local musicians around. The restaurant’s ground floor includes a covered, open-air dining space overlooking the coastal waterway that you won’t want to miss.

We have it on good authority that Moonrakers has a creative beverage program. From serving handcrafted cocktails to frozen favorites, spirits are always high on Taylors Creek. For hops lovers, they offer a great selection of local craft beers as well as domestic and international favorites. However, we bet their house favorite, Boomkicker Kölsch, at Crystal Coast Brewing Company will be one of your favorite’s, too.

Did You Know?

Moonrakers was awarded “The Award of Excellence” in Wine Spectator’s 2020 and 2019 Dining Guides. This highly-coveted award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer at least 90 selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. From light, blush-colored rosé to big California Cabs, you can’t go wrong choosing the perfect wine for your special occasion.

Check Out Moonrakers

326 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

PH: (252) 838-0083
Facebook:  moonrakersbeaufort

Instagram: moonrakersbeaufort

Do you have a favorite Crystal Coast restaurant? Let us know! 

Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

31st Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 2nd and 3rd- Crystal Coast Civic Center

With a sense of Spring finally hitting the air in Carteret County, now is a great time to start thinking about an improvement to your property. There’s no better place to gather ideas and information than the Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show. The event features dozens of local vendors- including pool builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and much more. You’ll be able to speak directly with representatives from these companies and ask any questions that can directly relate to your situation. The cost of admission ($5 per person, kids 12 and under free) is well worth it for such a wide variety of helpful resources. You can sign up to win prizes throughout the day, and even schedule a further consultation with a company you’re looking to work with. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve your property value, and get more out of your Crystal Coast Home!