Castles in the sand and rooms at the inn offer luxe accommodations by the sea.

A variety of seaside accommodations along the Crystal Coast— including rental properties, inns, and B&Bs—offer the comforts of home with a luxe style certain to spoil visitors.

Emerald Isle Realty has hosted visitors to the Crystal Coast since 1962 and offers hundreds of rentals by the beach and sound. Open, airy floor plans at these properties are complemented by soft linens, fully equipped kitchens, saltwater pools, ensuite Jacuzzis, game rooms, high-speed Internet, gas fireplaces, and, of course, direct beach access. Many of the larger “sand castles” (christened so by locals) comprise seven or eight bedrooms and frequently host family reunions, wedding parties, or group retreats. Personal chefs, daily maid service, and event planners are also available.

For more direct pampering, the Crystal Coast has many classic inns and B&Bs to choose from. One such option, originally constructed in 1768, The Cedars Inn was the home of William Borden, son of a Rhode Island shipwright and gracious host to visiting sea captains trading along the Eastern Seaboard. One of Fodor’s “Great American Bed and Breakfasts,” the Inn is situated in the heart of Historic Beaufort and charms guests with its Southern hospitality and Executive Chef Steve Smid’s remarkable touch.

Steps from Beaufort’s historic harbor is the former Masonic Lodge, built in 1866 and now housing guests as the Pecan Tree Inn. A breezy wraparound porch affords the quintessential Southern experience, while finely tended English herb and flower gardens perfume the salt air and add to the elegant Victorian flavor of this lovely inn by the sea.