Your Memorial Day Checklist for the Crystal Coast of North Carolina

Memorial Day Checklist for the Crystal Coast

Celebrate the symbolic start of the summer season with a Memorial Day holiday spent on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Crystal Coast, aptly named for its sparkling crystal-clear waters, is the ideal beach vacation destination for oh-so-many reasons.

 If you're fortunate enough to be here this Memorial Day holiday, we've created a Crystal Coast checklist of things you want to be sure to take time to do. It's not all-inclusive, but it highlights the best ways to spend the holiday.

Can't make it this year? Well then there's no time like the present to start planning next year's Crystal Coast beach vacation

Ready? Let's go!


This seems obvious, but are you sure you're really doing it? Vacationing? You are on vacation, so act like it! It's so easy to get distracted by other things and so hard to truly get away from it all in both mind, body and spirit. Make it a point to leave work behind, limit your screen time, forget your troubles for awhile, and focus on the task at hand: Your vacation! Think back to the beginning of the year. Did you resolve to maintain a healthier lifestyle? Good. You can do that while on vacation too, you know. In fact, a vacation is healthy in and of itself.  


This probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway. Hello, you're at the beach! Take advantage of it. Get as much time in the sun, sand and surf as you possibly can. Whether you stroll the shoreline, catch a Carolina sunrise or sunset, escape with a good read, toss a line in the surf, spend some time on the waterjust do it. Often.


Whatever this word means to you, that's what you should do. Relaxation comes in many different forms and is unique to each person. There is no one-size-fits-all prescription for this. Think ahead about what will provide you the utmost relaxation while you're on vacation, and plan to do it. Spa? Fishing? Sunbathing? Shopping? Golfing? Hiking? Exploring? You name it, the Crystal Coast has got it. Read more about why to put relaxation on your beach vacation bucket list


R-and-R go hand in hand. You can't relax without resting, and you can't rest well if you're not relaxed. Turn off that alarm and let your body decide when it wants to wake up. Take a nap. Go to bed early. Take it easy. Remember, life's a beach here. No hustle and bustle to worry about. No schedule. On Bogue Banks, you're on island time all the time.


Live a little! You're on the coast so make the most of the fabulous opportunities to wine and dine. Fresh seafood abounds whether you dine out or eat in the comfort of your beach vacation rental. Hey it's Memorial Day, so a cookout is definitely on the list! You can be sure your vacation rental has a grill, you know. 


Another part of your Crystal Coast Memorial Day checklist is most definitely some adventuring. Try something new. Complete a bucket list item. Push your boundaries. Read more about why adventuring should be on your beach vacation bucket list.


Fishing is plentiful on the Crystal Coast. Whether you prefer to surf fish, pier fish, deep-sea fish, or just watch other people fish, you'll find a little bit of every type of fishing here. Memorial Day weekend hosts the Swansboro Rotary Club Memorial Day Bluewater Fishing Tournament with weigh-ins at Big Rock Landing in downtown Morehead City. Check it out!


Summer concerts are now playing in many of our Crystal Coast towns. Alive at Five in Morehead City, SwanFest in Swansboro, EmeraldFest in Emerald Isle, and Concerts at the Fort (Fort Macon) are just a few of your many musical options this summer. Try one or try them all!


Get a taste and feel for the local flavor at our Crystal Coast area festivals. You won't run out of choices, that is for certain. The Memorial Day holiday offers some wonderful chances to get out and about with the Beaufort Music Festival, the Atlantic Beach Music Festival and the Crystal Coast Music Festival! Whew, so many fests and so little time. In fact, there is so much more to say about this topic, that we've devoted an entire post to it. Stay tuned and read all about it next week right here at Sun-Surf Realty's blog.


Memorial Day would not be what it is without taking time to remember, honor and be mindful of those fallen heroes who sacrificed everything for the freedoms we enjoy today. Enjoy the summer celebrations that are part of this holiday, but also remember what it really is all about. Explore some living history on the Crystal Coast and learn more about our role in our nation's past and about those who played an integral part in it. 

Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast of NC

What's on your Memorial Day holiday checklist? Whatever it may be, we wish you a safe, happy and meaningful Memorial Day!

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