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North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks

North Carolina's Crystal Coast features historic bed and breakfasts inns, and luxurious cottages, which are the perfect accommodations for anyone who is looking to have a relaxed,and tranquil vacation. It has more than 10,000 rooms, including hotels, motels, beach cottages and welcoming inns, which will make one's accommodations a home away from home while they explore the beauty, history and possibility along North Carolina's Crystal Coast.


Atlantis Lodge- It's pet friendly so you can bring along your furry creatures to vacation with you. There is a limit of two pets per room, per guest and there is a fee.

Address: 123 Salter Path Rd. P.O. Box 310 Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Primary Phone: (800) 682-7057

Across the street from the Atlantis is the Bogue Banks Country Club. A short distance away from the club, there are eight beautiful golf courses which will satisfy anyone's craving to play golf, either for fun or to relieve some stress. There are great fall and spring packages for golf.

The Oceanna Family Resort- North Carolina's premiere oceanfront family resort and the only oceanfront family resort in Atlantic Beach. (P.O. Box 250, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 (252) 726-4111

Address: 700 E. Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located about 50 minutes away by boat from the Atlantis lodge. It keeps a careful and watchful eye over the Cape Lookout National Seashore- it's a great place for shelling, exploring a local landmark, viewing the Shackle ford Bank Horses and is a wonderful spot for camping.

The major attractions on the Crystal Coast are history, nature and North Carolina's heritage. People who are interested in history, shipwrecks, or just simply interested in new things, will enjoy the North Carolina Maritime Museum, which is located in Beaufort. It is home to the artifacts that were recovered from the shipwreck that is believed to be Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge as well as hundreds of items that relate to the state's strong link to the sea.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Shores s another place where one must visit. It shows the area's maritime and marine history , along with the historic Fort Macon, a five-sided fort that has seen service in many conflicts, including the Civil War and World War Two. If you are a Civil War buff, you are sure to love the Crystal Coast where history still lingers in almost every town.

For a complete list of hotels, motels, inns, resorts, shopping, and activities, come visit:

Canada Free Press, CFP Editor Judi McLeod