Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn & Suites - Atlantic Beach
This Hampton Inn & Suites is a comfortable-and-convenient hotel on North Carolina’s scenic coast. It’s located just across the street from the beach and not far from seafood restaurants, the historical Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and Shackleford Banks, where you can watch wild ponies play. Guest rooms and suites are spacious and contemporary, with extrasoft bedding; some units offer views of the ocean.
- Start the day right with a free hot breakfast. If you’re in a hurry, grab a meal to go.
- Stay connected with free Internet access.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Stock up on supplies or pick out a souvenir in the onsite convenience store and gift shop.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: Scenic Small Town on the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach lies on the barrier island of Bogue Banks, just off mainland North Carolina. It’s part of an 85-mile stretch of scenic shoreline known as the Crystal Coast for its sparkling beaches. The area is quieter and less developed than many other oceanside spots in the Carolinas. You can climb to the top of Cape Lookout Lighthouse for unobstructed, far-reaching views of the sea, then head to Shackleford Banks to watch wild ponies play on the sand.
To learn about the history of humans in the region, head to Fort Macon State Park—site of a Civil War battle—or the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. It has exhibits on sailing, fishing, and coast guarding. You can even see artifacts from a ship that belonged to the pirate Blackbeard.