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Located on the North Carolina mainland facing an inlet separating the southern Outer Banks, the vibrant and charming town of Beaufort offers a relaxing maritime lifestyle lush with amenities, attractions, and recreation. Though small, Beaufort is a hub of bustle and excitement, particularly in the streets of its historic downtown, where a unique mix of historic and modern buildings overlook hundreds of docks along the waterfront.
Located along the shores of the Intracoastal waterway, Downtown Beaufort offers a modern waterfront marina and a unique collection of revitalized shops and restaurants. Stroll the streets of downtown and enjoy the beautiful mix of historic architecture and modern business. Explore quaint shops and boutiques, beautiful galleries, and a large selection of maritime supply stores. Stop by one of the many restaurants scattered throughout downtown and sample some truly exquisite local — and fresh! — seafood, including oysters, blue crabs, shrimp, scallops, and seasonal fish. Take a walk down the scenic waterfront, lined with boats, yachts, and docks on one side and fresh green parks on the other. Greet the dawn at a waterfront coffee shop or cafe with an unbeatable waterfront view.
The third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort was originally named “Fish Towne” by the Coree Native Americans who first lived in the region. Early settlers began to develop the land as early as 1709, though Downtown wasn’t constructed until the early 1800’s. Beaufort quickly became a thriving port and village. This newfound prosperity, however, became highly appealing to pirates, and both Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and Stede Bonnett were frequent visitors. Blackbeard would eventually meet his end just 40 miles away off the coast of Ocracoke. Today, the rich history of Beaufort shines through in its beautiful preserved architecture, much of which possesses a decided Caribbean influence.
Downtown isn’t Beaufort’s only attraction! There are also plenty of options for boating, fishing, swimming, paddling, or exploring the surrounding waters by cruise ship, ferry, or water taxi. One highly intriguing attraction is Shackleford Banks, located just a 20 minute water taxi or ferry ride away. Here, miles of pristine beaches offer a quiet and scenic retreat full of shells and sand dollars, waterfront relaxation, and even the legendary Shackleford Ponies, descendants of Spanish shipwrecked Mustangs of the 1500’s.
Relax and enjoy the view from a waterfront park or bench bordering the docks of downtown. Head just outside of town for camping. Additionally, the Carteret County Parks and Recreation department offers acres of beautiful parkland, miles of maintained nature trails, and even as athletic and recreation programs for adults and children, from ballroom dancing to baseball and volleyball sports teams.
Beaufort presents a variety of choices in home styles, from historical 18th century architecture to new construction. There are currently several areas of home construction underway in and around Beaufort.
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