Cape Carteret

Cape Carteret is a town of 1,214 people (as of 2000) in the Crystal Coast region of North Carolina. Like Newport, it's mainly a residential community, even though it's right on the water and boasts some very nice views of the sound. Basically, you're not likely to stay here or to eat here, or really even to do very much here, but there's a good chance you might be passing through.

Get in

Cape Carteret is at the junction of NC-58, which runs from Maysville across Bogue Banks to Morehead City, and NC-24, which runs between Fayetteville and Morehead City. It's also a short drive from US-70, the main road in the region, and US-17, which connects Wilmington to New Bern.

Get around

As with the rest of the area, you should really have a car if you want to get anywhere.



  • Golfin' Dolphin, near the intersection of Highway 58 and Highway 24, 252-393-8131. Open 9AM-11PM. A lighted 250-yard driving range, 18-hole miniature golf, a batting cage, go-carts and bumper boats. Golf lessons available.
  • Silver Creek Golf Club, Highway 58 N (4 miles from the bridge), 252-393-8058 or 800-393-6605. The longest course in the county, with a practice green, driving range, pool, tennis courts, pro shop, clubhouse and snack bar. $35-55 year-round.
  • Star Hill Golf and Country Club, 202 Club House Drive, 252-393-8111 or 800-845-8214, . A 27-hole championship golf course, a Cayman driving range, tennis court, pool, pro shop, lounge and the Sandbar Grill, which serves breakfast and lunch. Private airstrip on-site. $65 peak season, $42 off-season.


There really aren't many restaurants in Cape Carteret; people tend to flock to the surrounding communities when they want to find a good meal. There are a few around, however, if you really don't want to go far.


There's a lot of accommodation around Cape Carteret, but not too much in the town itself. But, if you're looking for a luxurious bed and breakfast, you do have one pleasant option:

If you want a more inexpensive place to stay in the area, there are some nice waterfront campgrounds near Cape Carteret listed on the Newport page.

Go next

The Crystal Coast area has a variety of other areas to visit:

Further afield, there are some interesting destinations for daytrips:

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