Where to stay around Crystal Coast, US?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 163 vacation rentals near Crystal Coast. From 88 Condos/Apartments to 45 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Crystal Coast for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Crystal Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crystal Coast. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Atlantic Beach: 495 vacation rentals
  • Beaufort: 430 vacation rentals
  • Pine Knoll Shores: 541 vacation rentals
  • Morehead City: 600 vacation rentals
  • Cedar Island: 741 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Crystal Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Crystal Coast?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crystal Coast:

  • Atlantic Beach: 495 rentals
  • Beaufort: 430 rentals
  • Pine Knoll Shores: 541 rentals
  • Morehead City: 600 rentals
  • Cedar Island: 741 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Crystal Coast?

VRBO offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Crystal Coast. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Triple S Marina: 626 rentals
  • Beaufort Historic Site: 575 rentals
  • Fort Macon State Park: 597 rentals
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center: 405 rentals
  • Morehead Plaza Shopping Center: 690 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Crystal Coast listed on VRBO where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Crystal Coast _ a true gem on the Atlantic

One of the most picturesque regions of North Carolina, the Crystal Coast is a scenic stretch of shoreline that's known for its broad, sandy beaches, charming waterfront homes, and rich southern history. The inlets, bays, and straits around Harkers Island are home to countless marinas and wildlife preserves, and the nearby Shackleford Banks island is famous for its thriving wild horse population. Water activities are a major draw, and a Crystal Coast, Harkers Island vacation rental will put the area's best diving, boating, fishing, and swimming destinations right outside your door.

Water, water everywhere in Crystal Coast

Grab your towel and sunscreen _ a visit to Crystal Coast wouldn't be complete without exploring the countless waterfront activities available. Boating and fishing are popular pastimes, and you'll find plenty of outfitters offering boat rentals and guided tours. Looking for something a little more intense? You can always give shark diving a whirl _ a number of agencies offer shipwreck dives where you can encounter the impressive _ but thankfully docile _ sand tiger shark. The wildlife preserves and offshore islands in the area are big spots for birdwatching, and you can spot plenty of waders, herons, and shorebirds all year round.

Crystal Coast sightseeing _ it's for the birds

For a quirky take on local history, head to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. Here, you can see a vast collection of carved duck decoys _ a treasured art and craft in Harkers Island _ as well as several exhibits about the area, its past, and its ecological diversity. A short ferry trip away, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open to visitors during the summer months. If you're up for it, you can climb the 207 steps to an observation gallery, where you'll get spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding coastline.

Crystal Coast _ storm's (probably) a-comin'

The Crystal Coast has a humid subtropical climate, which means hot, muggy summers, temperate winters, and plenty of overcast days and rain all year round. Summer highs hover around 85_F, but since the island is relatively unprotected, seasonal storms from the Atlantic can hit fast _ even on sunny days, packing a poncho isn't a bad idea. A major summer destination, a Crystal Coast, Harkers Island vacation rentals are at their busiest _ and priciest _ this time of year. With highs around 60_F between December and February, winters are mild, and a good time to snag off-season prices.

Islands in the stream in Crystal Coast

A sprawling oceanfront gem, the Crystal Coast spans more than 80 miles, including 56 miles of protected beach and wetlands. A few miles inland, Harkers Island is a low-lying island on the Back Sound, connected to mainland North Carolina by a car-friendly bridge. It's surrounded by creeks, inlets, bights, and bays, as well as a number of small barrier islands, many of which are dedicated to wildlife preserves. Harkers Island vacation rentals are popular with birdwatchers, and the area's wide array of species include osprey, egrets, oystercatchers, and more.