Atlantic is an unincorporated community in eastern Carteret County situated along the Core Sound, located in what was known to early settlers of the area as Hunting Quarters. It is the location of US 70's eastern terminus and the ferry terminal for journeys to North Core Banks in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Atlantic is also home to Luther L. Smith and Son Seafood. Commercial fishing has long been the primary means of earning a living in this community.
Atlantic had the first Public High School in Carteret County. It was an incorporated community from 1905 until 1920. It had three different mayors during this time.
Atlantic Beach - Beaufort - Bogue - Cape Carteret - Cedar Point - Emerald Isle - Indian Beach - Morehead City - Newport - Peletier - Pine Knoll Shores