Carteret County is ranked one of the top 10 retirement hot spots in the United States, and the county is the only oceanfront county in North Carolina designated as a Certified Retirement Community by the State of North Carolina.  And for a very good reason—the Crystal Coast offers everything a retiree wants!

  • Best-in-class health care, including the only Mayo Clinic Care affiliated hospital in North Carolina—Carteret Health Care
  • Low cost of living and North Carolina’s lowest county property tax rate
  • Diverse housing options at affordable prices
  • Temperate 4-season climate with year-round outdoor recreation
  • Civically-engaged community with abundant volunteering and networking opportunities
  • Opportunities for fulfilling part- and full-time employment
  • Quick assimilation into the community
  • Beaches, waterways, museums, festivals and so much to do
  • Great restaurants and cultural amenities

Many visitors to the Crystal Coast long to call Carteret County home, and retirement affords them that long-awaited opportunity.  If you are seeking sun, sand and four seasons in your retirement years, check out the Crystal Coast.

Take a Self-Guided Tour

We invite you to download our app and take a self-guided tour of the County.  All of our most visited and some of our best kept secrets are included on the tour.

Click here for a video tutorial explaining the app and it's features.  Set up the app using Registration Code 3nspzc 

Carteret County NC - Apple AppCarteret County NC - Google Play