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Introducing North Carolina Coast

With windswept barrier islands and vast, snake-ridden swamps, dignified Colonial towns and boardwalk bars brimming with sunburned tourists, the North Carolina coast is still undeveloped enough to have a bit of everything, whether you seek solitude or boisterous summer fun. On the isolated Outer Banks, fishermen still make their living hauling in catches of shrimp and oysters and the older locals talk in the same British-tinged brogue carried over by their English ancestors. Further south, Wilmington is known as a center of film and TV production and its surrounding beaches are popular with local spring-breakers and tourists. Estuaries, sounds and tidal lagoons teem with shorebirds and fish; ancient lighthouses watch the passing of time; and somewhere, perhaps, pirate treasure lies buried just under the shifting sands.