Washington, North Carolina is a historic waterfront city located in the northeastern part of the state. The first city in the United States to be named after George Washington, "The Original Washington" isn't located on a beach. However, it is a great start-off point for visiting and exploring the popular beach communities of the southern Outer Banks called The Crystal Coast. A wide range of hotels, beach houses and condominiums populate the area to accommodate vacationers and residents.
The Bogue Banks is a 25-mile-long barrier island just off the southern tip of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Known as The Crystal Coast, the island is home to a string of beach communities that share three beach areas. The island can be accessed from the mainland via either the Cameron Langston Bridge to Emerald Isle and its beaches or the Atlantic Beach Bridge.
Atlantic Beach's pristine shoreline attracts vacationers who enjoy its long stretches of white sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The oldest among the Crystal Coasts' beach communities, vacationers flock to Atlantic Beach year round. Spend the day on the beach, stroll Main Street or take in one of the many festivals that occur throughout the year. There are plenty of shops and artist galleries to explore, and places to dine.
At the westernmost edge of the Bogue Banks is the beach community of Emerald Isle. More residential than the island's east end, it attracts thousands of vacationers and year-round residents. This 12-mile stretch of beach has no hotels or resorts. Instead, you'll find vacation homes, condos and cottages for seasonal rental or sale that makes Emerald Isle a relaxed location for your next family getaway.
Highway 58 runs through the community of Indian Beach. Virtually invisible from the highway, this exclusive enclave of only 92 full-time residents, is protected by a maritime forest that surrounds its luxury beachfront homes and subdivisions. There are no hotels in this area, however, seasonal rentals are available for those who hope to get away from the busier, more crowded parts of the outer banks.
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