CAROLINA BLUE, My Love Affair with the Crystal Coast of North Carolina #57

I am lucky enough to live in what could be, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful place on earth, the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If I didn’t live here already, I would lie, cheat, steal, and scheme to get myself here ASAP. This region is comprised of historic Swansboro, “The Friendly City By the Sea”, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Morehead City, Beaufort, and Emerald Isle, with its crystalline beaches. The people are friendly and welcoming, and there’s a sense that time stopped sometime in the 1950’s. There’s a sense of nostaglia and innocence here. There is no rush or haste, just lots of time to smell the roses,  the hibiscus, and the bougainvillea.

This holiday weekend, celebrating my 14th anniversary of moving here, I decided to play tourist, sometime I don’t do nearly often enough. Time halted and became meaningless as I meandered aimlessly down lanes I’ve often wondered about, into alleys and backroads leading to nowhere in particular. So, today I’m going to be uncharacteristically silent, and let this breathtaking pictorial of my adopted state do all the talking. Enjoy!

Morehead City waterfront

Anchor off the downtown waterfront for restaurants and shopping

Hammocks Beach State Park

Available canoe and kayak launches

Hurst Harbor waterfront

Hurst Harbor home

Tranquil days

Riverview Park on the White Oak River, Swansboro

View from Riverview Park

Bicentennial Park, Swansboro

Swansboro waterfront

Duck's Grille, waterfront dining

Swansboro waterfront

Waterfront shopping

Gift shop

Yana's Memorabilia

Quaint shops abound

Swansboro riverfront homes

Historic Registry homes in downtown Swansboro

 

The Icehouse Restaurant, Swansboro waterfront

Shrimp boats

 

Bogue Sound, Cape Carteret

Carolina summer

Emerald Isle Bridge connecting the mainland to island time

Bogue Sound, Cape Carteret

Emerald Isle Bridge looking from Cape Carteret

Peekaboo view

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “CAROLINA BLUE, My Love Affair with the Crystal Coast of North Carolina #57

  1. Thank you for sharing! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful — only 2 more weeks and the state will be home to me, too!!!

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