Visit Beaufort


Connect to Beaufort & the Crystal Coast

Named by Travel & Leisure as “America’s Favorite Town” among other accolades, Beaufort brings even more to the table than meets the eye. Dock your boat at a downtown marina and walk from one charming boutique to the next. Take in some history at the two-acre Beaufort Historic Site site on Turner Street featuring six authentically restored building.

The NC Maritime Museum on Front Street is one of three state Maritime Museums, with the others in Hatteras and Southport, all with the purpose of preserving, collecting and interpreting coastal life and history. Inside the museum is the official repository for the artifacts from the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, found in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. The interactive exhibit opened in 2011. Visit the neighboring Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center where the museum houses boatbuilding courses or take a break and enjoy water views from Harborside Deck. 

Or drop your kayak in Taylor’s Creek. Then, relish in it all with cocktails and award-winning seafood overlooking the water at sunset. It’s no wonder so many people call Beaufort their home away from home. On Saturdays, don't miss the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market on the courthouse lawn. 


Town Hall is at 701 Front Street, Beaufort, in the western side of the building that used to serve as the Beaufort Post Office. The entrance for Town Hall is on Pollock Street. The eastern side of the building houses the National Park Service Beaufort Visitor's Center with an entrance on Front Street. Cape Lookout National Seashore is 56 miles of seashore, accessible only by boat. Rangers offer programs throughout most of the year. 


Learn more about what our county has to offer by visiting:

Carteret County Tourism Authority  

Carteret County Chamber of Commerce 

Beaufort Development Association