The coastal towns around River Dunes are steeped in the waterman’s tradition – fishing, oystering, and sailcraft are still a vital part of the local economy. In a town where boats outnumber people 3 to 1 and breath-taking vistas wait around the next bend in the creek, you’ll quickly see why Oriental is “The Sailing Capital of North Carolina”.
- Oriental, NC is a fishing village on the intracoastal waterway – it’s the nearest town to River Dunes, about 7 minutes away. Their annual Croakerfest on the Fourth of July is a classic small town celebration. Garden & Gun Magazine calls Oriental a “Southern Dream Town.” Explore Oriental
- New Bern, NC is the major support town for our region. You’ll find North Carolina’s first capitol, historical homes, and a rich downtown filled with shopping, dining, history, art galleries and museums. It’s also home to major medical facilities, larger shopping centers and the airport (EWN). Explore New Bern
- Beaufort, NC is a historic seaport near the Atlantic Beaches and Cape Lookout lighthouse. This coastal town is a must-visit stop, with fine dining, a rich maritime history, quaint seaside shops and boutiques. Explore Beaufort & the Beach
- Ocracoke, NC is about 21 miles across the Pamlico Sound. it’s a quirky bike-friendly beach town that can only be reached by boat. It’s home to the oldest working lighthouse in the states, and the #1 beach in the nation, according to the Today Show.