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Honeymoon Close to Home- The Crystal Coast

By : Danielle B. Sisson

When planning your perfect honeymoon, look no further than North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks. The Crystal Coast boasts pristine beaches, beautiful waters, and palm tress swaying in the sunset- something people travel far and wide to experience. There is no need to board a plane or spend thousands on honeymoons far away- the Crystal Coast has it all, with no passport required.


The Crystal Coast also has a rich history, and activities to suit anyone’s needs. While on your honeymoon there are many places to visit in order to create new memories with your partner that will last a lifetime, and the best part is you can come back each year to relive those memories and make traditions with your new family.


When visiting the Crystal Coast, Bluewater Vacation Rentals offers luxurious accommodations with their oceanfront properties. These houses have all the amenities you will need on your honeymoon while also creating the feeling of privacy in your own home. With their 900 breathtaking homes, you will be sure to find something that fits your individual needs.


For some fun and adventure be sure to check out these places:

The Fun:

Visit Fort Macon, at the eastern end of Bogue Banks which is not only a historical landmark, but is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet, and Bogue Sound. Enjoy the nature, history, and beaches of the Crystal Coast, all in one place.


Take a bus tour to the quaint and historic town of Beaufort with a Double Decker Bus Tour, to enjoy the romance of such a lively and historic town. Sit back and relax, as local narrators take you back in time to a simpler, elegant time.


Nature is untouched at North Carolina’s National Seashore. Take a cruise with Island Express Ferry Services to experience a different world at Cape Lookout, and maybe even spot the wild horses of Shackleford Banks on the way! Explore the beaches and climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to get a better view. Cape Lookout has some of the most beautiful waters of the entire Crystal Coast, and is rich with wildlife you will not want to miss.


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The Adventure:

Get ready to be inspired and amazed with a trip to the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. They have the most amazing displays from sea otters to rare white sea turtles. This is an experience you will not want to miss on your honeymoon.


Test your balance and agility with Hot Wax Surf Shop paddle boarding and kayaking. Take a trip through grasslands and open water as a guide helps you  learn new skills on paddle boards and Kayaks. A fun day awaits you with Hot Wax Surf Shop!

Cruise around historic Beaufort on Bikes with Hungry Town Bike Tours, to truly appreciate what Beaufort has to offer. Ride with business owners Betsy and Dave as they fill you in on the 300 years of history of Beaufort with tours inspired by Nicolas Sparks. Enjoy the comfort of locals who treat you as family while peddling though town stopping at the best places to eat. The most romantic way to spend your honeymoon is with Hungry Town Bike Tours.

After all the fun and Adventure, take your worked up appetite to these amazing restaurants:

The Village Market: For a quick but delicious lunch, visit the Village Market in Wilmington, which caters to local and visitor’s needs, with a boutique shop attached. They feature homemade sandwiches and sides, perfect after a day at the beach or walking around town.

Telephone: (910) 632-2806

Amos Mosquitos: For a great dining experience be sure to check out Amos Mosquitos restaurant for some of the best and most interesting food choices from fresh seafood to roasting smore’s at your table.


Bistro By the Sea: To enjoy the finer dining style, visit the Bistro By the Sea, where husband and wife team Tim and Libby personally cook for their guests. “The owners and staff at the Bistro welcome every foodie that appreciates creative cuisine, boutique wines, unique spirits and live music.”


Arendell Room: For quality cocktails and a mellow atmosphere, visit the Arendell Room bar located in Morehead City. To arrive in style, rent out a party bus from A Diamond Limousine.


Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise: Relax with your glass of fine wine while you view some of the most breathtaking and romantic sunsets aboard a cruise with cheese and wine served.


Circa 81: Try something new and different at Circa 81, a tapas and cocktails bar with a high end atmosphere. The small plates are perfect for sharing, and with over 30 specialty drinks to pair, Circa 81 will surely not disappoint.

Whether you want to enjoy relaxing on the beach, learning colorful history, or going on a paddle board adventure for your honeymoon, the Crystal Coast has it all — and so much more.


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The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.