Carteret County is located on the coast of NC. It is a beautiful area that stretches all along the coast and inland some. This area has many beautiful homes and cottages and lots of things to do. It is comprised of approximately 119 cities or towns and each one has its on special look and things to do. If you go all the way down east you will come to the ferry that takes you to Ocracoke Island and the Outer Banks. All the areas along this pretty drive have homes and many have water view. This area is for the most part very remote and you have to drive back into Beaufort or Morehead City to do much dining, shopping or have all the amenities you need. Coming back in from the ferry at Cedar Island, you will come to the community of Harkers Island. This area is not nearly as remote as down east and it does offer some restaurants and shopping. Many of the homes here are on the water or have water view. There are marinas here and some ferry services that will carry you to Cape Lookout or some of the other islands for the day. There is also Decoy Museum here, offering tours and many activities throughout the year. From Harkers Island you can continue on to the North River area and Beaufort. The homes in these areas range from small cottages to very big lush homes to homes that have been redone to their original state. This area has absolutely beautiful views of the water and all it has to offer. The boating here is fantastic, with good fishing and water sports. There are many festivals held in this area during the year and they always bring in lots of people. This area is very popular for vacationers also. There are many nice restaurants here and Front Street, Beaufort, has many shops to enjoy along with the boardwalk where you can enjoy seeing the boats that are docked there and if you are lucky you will see dolphins or the wild horses on Carrot Island, which is located along across the waterfront. There are also boat ramps and marinas located here. Once you leave Beaufort, you cross two high rise bridges to come into Morehead City. This is another waterfront area with many beautiful homes on the water or with water view from many areas. There are marinas and boat ramps here and lots of boats to see. This is another good area for boating, fishing and water sports as well as dining or shopping. There are several grocery stores and medical facilities here as well as the hospital. You will also so medical offices of all kinds and car dealerships, repairs shops, pet groomers and vets and any other amenity you need. This is a very convenient place to live. From Morehead City it is very easy to get to Atlantic Beach. It is just across another high rise bridge. The ocean is gorgeous with good swimming and surfing and lifeguards in certain areas. There are wonderful restaurants and shopping on the beach and there is Fort Macon to tour, walking trails and the NC Aquarium. You can also access the sound (ICW) from the beach and there are marinas and boat ramps all along the way. The homes are every size and style imaginable. There are small communities all along the stretch of coastline and eventually you come to Emerald Isle. This town is full of shops and restaurants, a pier, water slide, campground and more homes in all sizes, styles and price ranges. The water here is usually more emerald color and it captures you and makes it hard to leave. There are lots of things to do here and all through the year there are festivals and things going on to keep everyone happy and busy. This part of the beach is considered very prestige and when you are there you will be able to see why. When you leave Emerald Isle you can go down Highway 24 that takes you back to Morehead City. All along this stretch of highway are many homes, neighborhoods and gated communities. There are also a couple of campgrounds and some grocery stores, gas stations and other amenities. Boating, fishing and water sports are good along this stretch of water and the views are beautiful here as well.
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