White beaches and crystal clear waters, wonder in Onslow County

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White beaches and crystal clear waters, wonder in Onslow County

ONSLOW COUNTY – White beaches, crystal clear waters, villages straight out of a postcard. It is the natural and scenic spectacle that Onslow County offers, a gem along the coast of North Carolina. Being a coastal town in the southern United States, Onslow does not experience harsh winters, the climate is therefore also ideal for off-season beach trips.
The activities are countless, among these you can improvise as a fisherman by going out on a boat with Reel Livin Fishing Charters in Sneads Ferry and under the guidance of Captain Tommie Jarman and his crew you can return home with a rich haul of prawns. While waiting for the nets to fill with shellfish, my best relaxation on board the renamed boat, 'Hope & Faith', may simply be observing the play of lights and colors created by the sun as it kisses the water.
In addition or as an alternative to shrimp fishing, another experience not to be missed is that of the oyster farm. 'Carolina Beach Oyster Co.' in Stump Sound. It is a female-owned business and the owner, Mandy Uticone, also has a goal of educating visitors about sustainable harvesting and the importance of oysters in the North Carolina ecosystem. When it comes to oysters, Onslow County is considered the Napa Valley of wines, in particular it is known for a delicious variety known as 'Stump Sound'.
Coastal exploration along Onslow County continues with an excursion with Marsh Cruises to explore Swansboro and Emarald Island with Captain Darryl Marsh. Along the ferry crossing, a close encounter with dolphins is almost guaranteed. From Swansboro, again via a ferry, you can also get to Hammocks Beach State Park and from here to Bear Island, an island with pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. A popular activity is searching for shells, usually large in size and with the most varied colours.
In addition to the coastal area, Onslow County offers various alternatives even in the more strictly internal part. For those who are passionate about ghost stories, with the motto 'let yourself be guided by the spirits', Crystal Coast Ghost will guide visitors on a ghost tour along some neighborhoods of Swansboro telling paranormal anecdotes about people and activities from the town's rich past. In Surf City there is a turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, the 'Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center'. It is a sort of hospital where injured, sick and often life-threatening turtles are brought. They are cared for and housed until they are able to return to the water or remain there for life if they are no longer able to survive independently.
Onslow County is also synonymous with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the Marine base in Jacksonville. Surrounded by over 20 km of beaches, Camp Lejeune is a major center for amphibious training. To remember and honor all American soldiers and their sacrifices, Lejeune Memorial Gardens was created in downtown Jacksonville. Also inside are the Beirut Memorial, to commemorate the 241 victims of the attack on the Marine barracks in the Lebanese capital in 1983, the Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Montford Point Marine Memorial, and the 9/11 Memorial Beam from the World Trade Center.
Another attraction not to be missed is a sort of Disneyland of the agricultural world, 'Mike's Farm', with animals and products of the land that vary depending on the season. Just jump aboard a wagon and set out to harvest giant pumpkins, strawberries or other fruits and vegetables. An experience in itself is also the 'all you can eat buffet' style restaurant. The staff serves traditional country cuisine until your stomach can't take it anymore.

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