Oriental is not on the coast! Do you want to be on the Pamlico Sound or along the Atlantic coast? If you want the coast, then you can not beat Beaufort. If you want to be on the Pamlico Sound , then you have a very broad selection. The Oriental area is the "capital", but there are lots of other small, quaint towns to choose from, with varying degrees of amenities and services. If you are more specific about your wants and needs, I''m sure you will get alot of good info.