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Morehead City

With its shipwrecks just offshore and fresh seafood just off the boat, it is easy to see why visitors flock to this coastal North Carolina city.

Calling Morehead a city is a bit of a misnomer, although it is the largest town in North Carolina’s Crystal Coast region. This charming coastal town’s location is convenient, very close to the Outer Banks and Bogue Banks, but it is also a destination in its own right. 

The Morehead City Waterfront scenic promenade along the harbor is full of shops, cafés, and restaurants. Watch fishing boats dock after a day on the Atlantic Ocean. Eat the fresh seafood they harvest at one of Morehead City's many fish markets and seafood restaurants. To try your own fishing luck, hop on a charter boat for a day on the open sea.

Scuba diving is one of Morehead City's most popular recreational activities. Explore the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Settled beneath these treacherous waters between the Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Banks are numerous famous shipwrecks, including the WWII German submarine, U-352. Onshore, dive into the area’s history at The History Place. Visitors of all ages enjoy  hands-on exhibits devoted to the heritage of Carteret County and the surrounding area.

The Crystal Coast Jubilee live entertainment venue puts on concerts, magic shows, plays and more.  Expect to find something to appeal to a range of tastes, from  Motown to Shakespeare.

Morehead City also hosts several regular events that attract crowds every year. Indulge your candy cravings at the Carolina Chocolate Festival, held every February. For one week every June, fishermen descend upon Morehead City to try to catch the largest blue marlin during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament. In October, the North Carolina Seafood Festival features sporting events, entertainment and of course, seafood, from traditional favorites to exotic fare.

Whether you visit during the bustling summer months or in the sleepy off-season, Morehead City provides entertainment for all ages for days. This seaside town gives you all the beauty and fun of the North Carolina coast without the crowds of the Outer Banks.


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Days Inn Havelock

Days Inn Havelock

1220 East Main Street, Havelock
3.0
of 5, from 86 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Havelock, this hotel is 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from Havelock Tourist & Event Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail and Lake Road Winery. Brandywine Bay Country Club is 10.2 mi (16.5 km) away.

£79
Clam Digger Inn

Clam Digger Inn

511 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores
3.8
of 5, from 88 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Pine Knoll Shores hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, and Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway. Country Club of the Crystal Coast and Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£70
Hampton Inn & Suites-Atlantic Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites-Atlantic Beach

118 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores
4.3
of 5, from 173 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Pine Knoll Shores, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Country Club of the Crystal Coast and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coral Bay Shopping Center and Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Atlantis Lodge

Atlantis Lodge

123 Salter Path Road, Atlantic Beach
2.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Atlantic Beach hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Country Club of the Crystal Coast, Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail, and Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area. Coral Bay Shopping Center and North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£73
Islander Hotel & Resort

Islander Hotel & Resort

102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle
3.6
of 5, from 56 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Emerald Isle, this beachfront condominium resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Water Boggan Water Park, Emerald Plantation, and Emerald Forest Golf. Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Emerald Isle Woods Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£51
Quality Inn Morehead City

Quality Inn Morehead City

3100 Arendell St, Morehead City
3.4
of 5, from 103 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Morehead Plaza Shopping Center and Carteret Community College. The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events and The History Place are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£82
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlantic Beach Oceanfront

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlantic Beach Oceanfront

2717 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach
3.9
of 5, from 269 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Atlantic Beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Country Club of the Crystal Coast, Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail, and Coral Bay Shopping Center. Anchorage Marina and Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£72
Palm Suites

Palm Suites

602 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach
3.7
of 5, from 43 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail and Coral Bay Shopping Center. Anchorage Marina and Atlantic Beach Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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