Coinjock, North Carolina, USA
Coinjock is an unincorporated community in Currituck County, North Carolina. It is located on U.S. Route 158 between Barco and Grandy, about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Virginia state line and is at mile marker 50 on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Residents suggest the name Coinjock is of Native American origin referring to mulberries, however, there are no mulberries grown now.
Coinjock is a pleasant day’s run from the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal, at standard Great Harbour cruising speed. This also makes Norfolk a 50-mile cruise the following day; on the Coinjock-Norfolk route, you have a myriad of bridges, a lock and commercial traffic that extend the travel day beyond the standard 50 mile, 7-to-8-hour day. A remote area, to be sure.
Many cruising folks consider Coinjock Marina, on the ‘east’ side a traditional stopover. Everyone, it seems, stops at Coinjock Marina to take advantage of the incredible Southern hospitality.
The Ship’s Store is amazing. It’s quipped with standard nautical needs, such as charts, waterway guides and some hardware, but the best part is the variety of other goodies waiting for you. Chocked full of such notable items as locally homemade pickles of all kinds: pickled artichokes; pickled garlic; standard cucumber pickles and mouthwatering pickled watermelon rinds. They also carry an extensive selection of beer and standard re-provisioning items such as milk and bread. They have complimentary fresh popcorn-the smell permeates the entranceway making it impossible to pass it by.
There are plenty of sea stories to share, great folks to meet and traditions you must experience if wish to experience a trip with a difference.
This region is not strictly a cruise destination, however many of the main cities of the US Eastern Seaboard are major ports where cruises start or end. A few Cruises to Nowhere run from New York and Norfolk.