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Safe travel adventures await at North Carolina’s central coast in Onslow County. Your coastal escape for two includes a two-night stay at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott in Jacksonville. Enjoy the

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Safe travel adventures await at North Carolina’s central coast in Onslow County. Your coastal escape for two includes a two-night stay at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott in Jacksonville. Enjoy the

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Safe travel adventures await at North Carolina’s central coast in Onslow County. Your coastal escape for two includes a two-night stay at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott in Jacksonville. Enjoy the

Getaway to North Carolina’s Central Coast

Safe travel adventures await at North Carolina’s central coast in Onslow County. Your coastal escape for two includes a two-night stay at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott in Jacksonville. Enjoy the sights of historic downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding wildlife as you cruise the New River aboard Bayonet Enterprises Cruises, a private yacht charter, during a relaxing sunset dinner. For dinner the next evening, head to the charming waterfront town of Swansboro for an upscale experience for two at Saltwater Grill, which offers a unique view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Finally, thanks to Paddle NC, experience a paddler’s paradise as you glide through the natural waterways on a kayak or paddle board at the central coast’s hidden gem, Hammocks Beach State Park.


On the central coast of North Carolina, safe family-fun adventures await in Onslow County’s great outdoors. Getting out on the water is a near year-round opportunity, with a variety of adventures on tap. As home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station, our area is steeped in military tradition celebrating American heroes, both the everyday and extraordinary kind — including you! From our rural coastal plains to North Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry, and the quaint and historic waterfront town of Swansboro, Onslow County is the perfect backdrop for family fun and unforgettable memories. Spend a day or two shopping and dining in Swansboro, head to the unspoiled and secluded Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park for a day of shelling or paddling along the Intracoastal Waterway, or take a seat aboard one of our unique specialty cruises for a guided tour or eco adventure. Grab a book or a fishing rod and enjoy the relaxing, quieter vibe at North Topsail Beach, or head inland and enjoy biking, nature hikes, winery and distillery tastings, and agritours, or hit the links at one of the several golf courses located throughout our coastal towns and cities. Travel confidently and relax in Onslow County.

 

This story was published on Nov 22, 2020

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