The small communities of Indian Beach and Salter Path, located in between Emerald Isle and Pine Knoll Shores, are scenic Crystal Coast destinations in their own right. Home to some of the area's favorite attractions, multiple options for weekly stays or long-term escapes, and plenty of gorgeous beaches and docks for travelling mariners, this region of the southern Outer Banks has just about everything a beach vacationer could ask for.

A park at Indian Beach, NC

The region is best known for its beaches first and foremost, but also for its extensive collection of lodging options. Guests can stay in the beach-worthy cottages and expansive vacation homes that the Crystal Coast is known for, through weeklong vacation rentals offered by local property management companies, but there are also a variety of other accommodations available as well.Both communities are home to several larger condo developments with an all-inclusive resort atmosphere, such as the Summer Winds Complex and the Grande Villas, (both oceanfront retreats), as well as a number of mobile home parks for extended stays. Among the largest of these parks is the Tradewinds Trailer Park, which is adjacent to the Tradewinds Marina, and features leases for in water boat slips, as well as boat and Jet Ski lift slips. The Tradewinds website, http://tradewindsmarinallc.com/, has a complete listing of all leases available, including boat slips, neighboring real estate, and even boats and other maritime items for sale.

Colorful homes in Indian Beach, NC

Though not large communities by any stretch of the imagination, Indian Beach and Salter Path both have their own unique attractions to keep vacationers entertained off the sand. Visitors can enjoy a day of family fun at the "Lost Treasure Miniature Golf," an extensive mini golf course that requires a quick but entertaining train ride to access the top of the 18-hole terrain. There's also a water sports rentals complex for wave runners, jet skis, kayaking, banana boats and stand up paddle boarding, a beauty shop, and a spa for a truly relaxing off-the-beach excursion.

Colorful homes in Indian Beach, NC

The region is also home to a small but delectable range of shops and restaurants, including a local fish market, a Drive-In and BBQ joint, and several seafood restaurants that specialize in local fresh catches and southern hospitality.

There are several public beach access points throughout the town, but visitors will soon discover that regardless of which area of Salter Path and Indian Beach they prefer, they're always close to the shoreline. The trailer parks, condo developments, and vacation rental homes are all located within a 5-10 minute stroll of the waterfront, ensuring that regardless of where a vacationer lands, the water is waiting just around the block.

Large enough to have ample entertainment and accommodation options off the beach, but small enough so that the gorgeous Crystal Coast shoreline remains the star of the scene, the Indian Beach and Salter Path communities are ideal vacation destinations for any Eastern NC fan who wants to pull in, drop anchor, and enjoy lazy days along one of East Coast's most attractive beaches. Plan an extended stay at one of the region's many accommodating trailer parks, or reserve a weekend at a local condominium resort, and discover these communities' charms during your next Crystal Coast escape.

 

Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites has remodeled and opened its new doors directly on the Beaufort waterfront. This shop offers the leading selection of kites, wind art, toys, t-shirts and apparel, Hobie kayaks, and more. In addition, stop by and make your reservation for one of our new Beaufort adventures:

Newport River Pier and Ramp

Newport River Pier and Ramp

The waterfront world of Beaufort, Morehead City, the Shackleford Banks, and everything in between is at a mariner’s fingertips when they launch from the Newport River Pier and Ramp. Located directly on the water in between Morehead City and Beaufort, this sprawling launch site is a popular destination for visiting and local mariners alike.

USCG Emerald Isle

USCG Emerald Isle

The Crystal Coast's offshore waters are guarded by the US Coast Guard, and Emerald Isle is home to one of their flagship stations, encompassing a large section of the town's western edge, adjacent to the inlet, and marked by an unimposing station house that more closely resembles a classic beach cottage than a military outpost.

Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve

The Rachel Carson Reserve is a stunning stretch of barely-barrier island shoreline that’s found just off the coast of historic Downtown Beaufort. Covering 2,205 acres, this collection of three islands that are found along Taylor’s Creek at the mouth of the Newport River can be easily and scenically admired from veritably any waterfront vantage point from the heart of town, and are a stunning and undeveloped addition to the vast wildlife scene of the Crystal Coast.