About Coastal Carolina

It’s a lifestyle that is second to none.

A low cost of living is just the beginning.

Located along the wide, slow flowing Trent and Neuse Rivers, New Bern is a city that truly offers the best of everything.  As an historic riverfront city just 35 minutes from the Atlantic Coast, it’s the perfect place for sailing, swimming, boating and fishing.  In fact, there are several major fishing tournaments in New Bern and on the coast. Of course if you like the outdoors, you’re going to love one of New Bern’s largest tourism attractions – the Croatan National Forest.  This natural treasure covers 150,000 acres including 40 miles of streams and 4,300 acres of lakes.  The forest is ideal for hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hunting.

It’s history in the making.

In addition to natural beauty, New Bern is one of the most historical cities in the nation.  Settled in 1710, the city is home to over 200 entries in the National Registered of Historic Places and has been nationally recognized for its historic preservation efforts.  Tryon Palace, former Royal Governor’s residence, has been restored to its original 1770’s appearance and is considered the focal point of New Bern’s historic districts.  There are several historic attractions in the area including Tryon Palace, the New Bern Trolley, the Attmore Oliver House and the Bank of the Arts.

The arts are well represented.

And well supported.  Over a dozen theatrical productions are presented each year by the New Bern Civic Theatre and Rivertown Repertory Players.  Opportunities to participate in civic theater exist for all groups.  In addition, there are drama programs in all area high schools and at Craven Community College.  New Bern features a summer Music-On-the-Lawn series from June through August and an annual concert series includes performances by the North Carolina Symphony.  Dance productions are presented by the Atlantic Dance Theatre and by other dance groups.    You’ll also find festivals, street fairs and special events through the year in Eastern Carolina.  Some of these include Alive after Five, The Spring Homes & Garden Tour, Historic Homes Tour, the New Bern at Night Ghost Walk, the Mum Festival, the Seafood Festival, the Chili Festival, the NC Wildlife and Sportsman’s Show, the Coastal Christmas Celebration and Croaker Festival just to name a few.