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With more than 85 miles of enticing coastline, it's no wonder that water plays such an important role in our culture and activities. Whether you find your passion on a board, on a boat or under the waves, the Crystal Coast offers incredible opportunities to enjoy the H20 that surrounds you. Dive in!

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Town Creek Water Access

Town Creek Water Access is located behind the Airport at Turner Street and West Beaufort Road. The Access point offers 2 floating docks, fishing pier, 2 boat ramps and comfort station.

Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(800) 786-6962


Carolina Lady Charters

We offer full and half day fishing charters, as well as eco-tours and sight-seeing tours. Our excursions can be tailored for family, small groups and corporate events. We specialize in Inshore and Offshore fishing, with either live bait, trolling dead bait, or lures (which ever is working best at the time of your trip).

909 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 725-0570


Miss Crystal Coast Cruises

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Dolphin Watch
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Narrated Dolphin & Wild Pony Scenic Tour
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Islands of The Crystal Coast
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM –  Narrated Dolphin & Wild Pony Scenic Tour
***These cruises will be daily
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Sunset Cruise
***This cruise will be Tuesday – Saturday

600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-8687


Beaufort Yacht Basin

Dock your boat in Beaufort’s newest marina! We are located conveniently on US-70 near the Beaufort drawbridge. By water, we are minutes from Beaufort Inlet, the Intra-coastal Waterway, the Beaufort Waterfront, and the Morehead City waterfront.

103 Cedar St Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 504-3625


Island Express Ferry Service

Your local ferry service to Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shackleford Banks! Departing from Beaufort and Harkers Island.

New Fast Comfortable Ferries – Local Experienced Captains- Finest Pristine Waters & Sandy Beaches – Best Shelling in NC- Wild Horses – Hiking – Fishing – Photography. Leave your stress of the mainland behind. “An Experience to last a lifetime”.

Beaufort to Shackleford Banks Round Trip
$18-adults/campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $11 children (3 – 11), Infants (0 – 2) – Free, $7 pets

Beaufort to Cape Lookout Round Trip – with 2 – 2/12 hours on Cape Lookout
Departs at 9 am and 1:30 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
4 hour trip, $35-adults, $25 children (3-11), Infants (0 – 2) – FREE

Departs from Beaufort – Sunset Shackleford Banks Wild Horse & Dolphin Cruise – with 1 hour on Shackleford Banks
Wednesday – Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$25 Adults, $15 children (3 – 11), Infants (0 – 2) – FREE

Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks Round Trip
$18-adults/campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $11 children (3 – 11), Infants (0 – 2) – Free, $7 pets

Harkers Island to Cape Lookout Round Trip
$18-adults/campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $11 children (3 – 11), Infants (0 – 2) – Free, $7 pets

Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks/Cape Lookout COMBO Trip
$28-adults/campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $15 children (3 – 11), Infants (0 – 2) – Free, $7 pets

MEGA TRUCK Land Transportation on Cape Lookout to the Point – $13.00

Departs from Harkers Island – Heritage Harbor Cruise & Dolphin Watch
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
$25 Adults, $15 children (3-11), Infants (0 – 2) – FREE

600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA

(252) 728-7433 | (252) 728-7433


Taylor’s Creek Boat Ramp

Curtis A. Perry Park is a public ramp with four launching areas into Taylor’s Creek. The park is at the east end of Front Street near the tennis courts. A comfort station is available.

East end of Front Street (at Lennoxville Road), Beaufort, NC 28516, United States


Beaufort Paddle

You have found your way to one of the most scenic small towns on the east coast and Beaufort Paddle is ready to show you exactly why we call this area of the Crystal Coast home.

Stand Up paddle board, kayaks, rentals, lessons, tours…

424 Old Causeway Road, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 725-3065|(252) 725-3065


Discovery Diving Company, Inc.

Your headquarters for North Carolina’s world class, warm water, wreck diving. Located in Beaufort, North Carolina, an historic seaside town on the Crystal Coast, we are in close proximity to the shipwrecks of the acclaimed Graveyard of the Atlantic. In addition to our dive charters, Discovery is a full service dive operation offering training, gear sales and rentals, shop1 and equipment repair. So, if you’re planning a North Carolina dive vacation, have questions about dive training, or are in the market for new equipment, stop in or give our friendly staff a call today. We look forward to diving with you!

414 Orange St,, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-2265


Beaufort Charters

Experience the adventure of offshore or inshore sport fishing trips aboard the Sea Grappler fishing the beautiful waters off of the Crystal Coast.

101 Cedar St, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-9086


Procastinator Sportfishing

Full day offshore trolling and vertical jigging trips ensure a day full of action and variety.  Mix the day up with trolling for Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and Billfish, then top the cooler off with some of the best eating fish in the ocean such as Grouper, Snappers, Giant Trigger Fish, Amberjack, Cobia, African Pompano and too many other species to even list!

508 Island Dr, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 838-1228


Chadwick Brothers Bait and Tackle

Chadwick Bros. Marine Bait & Tackle is your one stop shop for all your boating and sportfishing needs. Kayak rentals and tours are also available!

1604 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516



Island Ferry Adventures

Offering service 7 days a week year-round to Bird Shoal, Sand Dollar Island and Carrot Island.

326 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States



Beaufort Parasail

Experience the beautiful Crystal Coast from hundreds of feet in the air, where every seat is a window seat. We offer parasailing trips that have breathtaking views of Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, Fort Macon, and so much more. Come fly with us! Call or check out our website to join our Flight List and book your trip today!


600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-7607


Beaufort Pirates Revenge

Come aboard NC’s largest pirate ship holding 73 passengers, the 65’ M/V Renegade, and you are immediately taken back in time to the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Our Pirate Cruise for children of all ages, departs daily and feature costumed crew, a fun-filled adventure with sword fights, singing, a chase on the high seas and water cannon battles for treasure — an all-around good time!

Our Treasure Hunt begins with hoisting the colors, and tattoo/face painting. our pirate crew will teach you how to talk, sing, dance like a pirate, and share the tale of the treasures of Beaufort and explain how the evil pirate, Billy Bonez, stole a chest of this fortune. All crew members aboard the Renegade that assist with capturing the treasure share in the booty! We also offer pirate birthday parties, themed weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners aboard this timeless beauty.

600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-7827|(252) 728-7827


Seavisions Charters

Join Captain Monty with his lifetime of experience on a private, interactive and entertaining journey through the waters of the Crystal Coast!

Get up-close and personal with the beauty of the Crystal Coast just like the locals do.

Explore the Cape Lookout lighthouse, Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve while searching for dolphins, wild Banker Ponies and more.  We will build a custom private tour that will take you in search of what you want to see and do.

This is a get wet, up close to nature experience that is fun for the whole family!

Seavisions Charters is an Authorized Commercial Use Tour Operator for the Cape Lookout National Seashore.


103 Cedar Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 732-5794


Liquid Fire Sportfishing

Your Liquid Fire Sportfishing guide will be Captain Josh Henderson.

Captain Josh Henderson has been fishing along the coast of North Carolina since 2002. What started as fishing for fun along the various piers quickly transitioned into chasing King Mackerel during 20+ tournaments a year, all over the Southeastern United States, as part of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team. With over 15 years of experience, fishing from Cape Hatteras, NC to Key West, FL to Port Fourchon, LA, Captain Josh has learned many different techniques to be even more effective on our coast.

Book your next charter and let Captain Josh show you the wonderful fishing that the Crystal Coast has to offer.

Captain Josh has a USCG 50 Ton Master License. All safety equipment will be provided on your trip.

114 Town Creek Dr, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 723-1113


Beaufort Docks Marina

Considered by experienced boaters to be the premier location in Beaufort. Beaufort Docks is in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort, within easy walking distance to over 25 restaurants and many more shops.  We offer in-slip fueling at any of our 98 floating slips and can easily accommodate vessels up to 300 feet with drafts to 12 feet. Some marinas offer a courtesy car. We have five! Our amenities include free wifi.  Pump-out is available.

500 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-2503


Teach’s Kiteboarding

We offer Kiteboarding Lessons in The Crystal Coast!  Come Learn this Awesome & Safe Sport! Our Coaches are PASA Certified and ready to work with YOU!!

101 Cedar St. Beaufort, N.C. 28516

(252) 646-4801


Native Guide Service

Native Guide Service is a salt water light-tackle fishing charter and booking service. Bryan Goodwin, lead captain and guide is an eight generation waterman, born and raised in Beaufort on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Capt. Bryan grew up in a fishing family and has over 30 years experience as a light-tackle fishing guide and captain.

We serve the Crystal Coast and DownEast areas of the Southern OuterBanks of North Carolina. Check out our website for more information, fishing reports, pics and videos.

2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 725-3961


Captain Bates Guide Service

Eastern North Carolina’s premier fly fishing guide service. Depending on the season, we tailor our trips to ensure customers have the highest likelihood of catching fish. Whether you are looking for your first Trophy Drum, want to fish for sharks at night or just want a fun day learning from the best fisherman, we will make it happen! Our head guide, Andy Bates, is one of the region’s top guides and has decades of experience. If you want to go fishing in NC, we would love to be your guide! Our charter fishing adventure features sight fishing, fly fishing, and light tackle excitement for the whole family. From November to February Captain Bates specializes in guided trophy sea duck hunts on the open water of the Pamlico Sound and Neuse River of North Carolina. Enjoy beautiful sunrises over the water while hunting ducks like Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Blue Bills and more! Captain Bates trips feature hunting from the roomy and comfortable float blind or the adrenaline-pumping “in your face action” of the Core Sound Layout boats!! Whether you’re looking for a trophy bird for your wall, or want to experience the thrill of open water hunting, the Crystal Coast of North Carolina is the place to be!

108 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC, USA

(252) 888-4868


Fraid Knot Adventures

Our mission is to provide a quality adventure that truly allows our customers to experience the people, places and things that have made Beaufort “America’s Coolest Small Town”. Our trips are designed to be informative, adventurous and most of all fun! Surrounded by water, Beaufort makes a great launching place for your trip. From the water you will see the Rachel Carson Reserve which include: Horse Island, Carrot Island, Town Marsh, Bird Shoal, and Middle Marshes.

We offer a 15% military discount on our 2 1/2-hour fishing trip and our sunset/anytime cruises.

133 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 732-5748


Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters

We have been fishing from Discovery Diving Center in Beaufort, North Carolina for the past three summers. Capt. Gray has been navigating these waters since he graduated college in 2010. When he is not charter fishing, he is spending time on the water with his first mate, golden retriever Sailor, and his skipper, 2 year old son, Bradley. Capt. Gray is from a local Beaufort family dating back to the very beginning of Beaufort (almost 300 years!).

Our family loves to fish. Spending time on the water brings us closer together. We want to share our love of the water, fishing, and down east North Carolina with you and your family. Come catch a fish and learn some history.

414 Orange Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 515-2876


Town Creek Marina

At Town Creek Marina you’ll enjoy a full array of yacht and boating services coupled with an atmosphere of relaxation and hospitality. We have all the amenities you expect from a full-service marina – including diesel and gasoline engine maintenance, dry stacking, in-slip refueling, boating parts and supplies – as well as a laid-back Southern style that welcomes you and puts you immediately at ease. Located in Beaufort, North Carolina — recently named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns* — there is much to see and do just a short distance from the marina home base.

232 W. Beaufort Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-6111


Fish-On! Rod and Reel Repair

FISH-ON! ROD AND REEL REPAIR is proud to provide a fishing reel service for Carteret and surrounding counties that is hard to find.That service is-Fishing reel service and repairs on these fishing reel brands: DAIWA, ABU-GARCIA, AMBASSADEUR, FIN-NOR, OKUMA, PFLUEGER, MITCHELL, AVET, QUANTUM, ZEBCO, BERKLEY-JOHNSON, DAM QUICK, ST.CROIX and MANY FLY FISHING REELS AS WELL….”FISH-ON! ROD AND REEL REPAIR will also repair and service your PENN and SHIMANO REELS TOO!

320 Firetower Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516



Waterbug Tours

See the Historic Beaufort waterfront and the Rachel Carson Reserve up close, aboard the Waterbug our 16 passenger retired USN Captains launch. Enjoy panoramic views of Beaufort’s charming old homes and working waterfront, while learn the history of Beauforts  quaint seaport village. Cruise along the Rachel Carson Reserve in search of Wild Ponies…..It’s common to see Dolphins, Osprey, Pelicans, and Sea Turtles and a variety of other wildlife!

Narrated cruises depart every hour 10:15 am to 5:15 pm. Monday—Saturday. Sunday we start at 11:15 am. (Weather permitting) $18 for adults $10 for children.

“A little History, a little Nature, a lot of fun!”

610 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 342-3577|(252) 342-3577


Olde Town Yacht Club

Olde Towne is ideally located less than one mile from both the Intracoastal Waterway or Beaufort Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. Within a few minutes, the boater can be at Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout or the fertile fishing grounds of the Gulf Stream. Amenities include a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the marina and Taylor’s Creek, large bathroom facilities with showers, laundry room, security gate, fitness room, steam room, diesel fuel available at every slip and a large swimming pool with a whirlpool.

100 Olde Towne Yacht Club Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 726-3066


Sea Legs Pedal Pub Cruises

The best way to see and be seen along the Beaufort waterway! Choose a public cruise to join other like-minded cruisers or select a private cruise to reserve the whole boat for your party!

Sea Legs Pedal Pub is the most enjoyable boating experience in Beaufort! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing boat tour for your family, a fun party cruise for your bachelor/bachelorette party, a cool new way to celebrate your birthday, or you’re just looking for a few seats on a mixed tour with friends; Sea Legs Pedal Pub is one of the most unforgettable and fun things to do in Beaufort. Find your seat at the bar, grab a drink (or two) and start pedaling. You pedal. We steer. All you need to do is BYOB and enjoy the 90-minute ride. Don’t worry, there’s a motor to help along the way!

103 Cedar St, Beaufort, NC 28516

(910) 775-3132


Crystal Coast Sailing Excursions

Crystal Coast Sailing Excursions is a customized, private charter sailing experience. We offer two cruising options to explore the waters around historic Beaufort. If you only have a few hours the Sunset Wine Cruise will be the perfect choice to relax and enjoy the Beaufort waterfront and calm waters of Beaufort Inlet. For those that want venture beyond the inlet and spend the entire day on the water the the cruise to the pristine and beautiful Cape Lookout bight is the one for you. Whichever option you choose both are aboard the beautiful 47 foot sailing yacht “Bravado”. With a maximum of 6 guests, Captain Tony and crew will treat you to a relaxing and personalized experience on the water. Your private charter with Crystal Coast Sailing Excursions is sure to be the highlight of your visit to Beaufort and the Crystal Coast.

114 Town Creek Drive Beaufort, NC 28516

(786) 778-9244


Kitty Hawk Kites

Kitty Hawk Kites has remodeled and opened its new doors directly on the Beaufort waterfront. This shop offers the leading selection of kites, wind art, toys, t-shirts and apparel, Hobie kayaks, and more. In addition, stop by and make your reservation for one of our new Beaufort adventures:

  • Tandem Hang Gliding Lesson – Soar like a bird on a tandem hang gliding flight high above the Crystal Coast!
  • Kayak Tour
  • SUP Boarding
  • Kiteboarding Lessons

412 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 504-2039


Airport Marina

Airport Marina. Airport Marina. 294 W. Beaufort Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States | (252) 728-2010.

294 W. Beaufort Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-2010


Carolina Traditions Guide Company

We are a family-friendly inshore fishing guide/charter service located near historic Beaufort, North Carolina. We are only a few short miles from Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and other destinations along the Crystal Coast.

Join us for a fun and adventurous, customizable fishing excursion. We specialize in light tackle and fly fishing. Focusing on a multitude of saltwater species. From sight fishing to surf fishing , near coastal, inshore and the the marshes of eastern North Carolina. Quality and modern equipment with top notch tackle and the hottest lures. Chasing a once in a lifetime experience with a world class fishery , Capt. Joe will put you on the fish!

Beaufort, NC, USA

(252) 342-2000


Homer Smith Docks & Marina

Slip into waterfront luxury with Homer Smith Docks and Marina, where you’ll find friendly staff and the comfort of a home away from home. Dock your vessel here in our new, state-of-the-art facilities and unwind and discover the beauty of downtown Beaufort, NC and the rest of the Crystal Coast.

Guests who dock with Homer Smith are just an easy walk or golf cart ride away from the history and action of the third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, great dining and the quaint shopping on Front Street.

101 Cedar Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-2944


Bounty Hunter Guide Service

Your Fully Licensed and Insured North Carolina fishing connection.  Serving Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Harkers Island and the rest of the Crystal Coast.  Come fish with us and see what the beautiful inshore and ocean waters around Cape Lookout have to offer!

Whether you want to fish in the shallow inside flats, marshes and creeks, or out in the ocean, we can accommodate you. Bounty Hunter Guide Service works with you, through communication prior to the trip, to custom tailor your experience to your needs and desires. We will do everything we can to make sure that your trip is a positive one. We want every customer to be extremely satisfied with their purchase and be happy they fished with us. It is the Captain’s mission to share his passion for fishing these waters with his crew and send every customer home a more knowledgeable and skilled angler.

2513 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

(919) 218-8451


The Boathouse

At The Boathouse Marina, they know you deserve exceptional service and easy access to the water! The Boathouse Marina is conveniently located minutes from downtown Beaufort, N.C., and a short distance to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.  More than just a place to store your boat, The Boathouse Marina offers boaters a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly marina and dry storage facility, paired with superior marina amenities, including a service department, fuel dock, and The Chandlery – Ship Store and Wine Shop.

2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC, United States



WaterDog Guide Service

The North Carolina coast offers some of our nations most diverse fishing. From shallow water inshore fishing for redfish, cobia and false albacore in the ocean and excellent bottom fishing for grouper we offer one of the most versatile guiding platforms with two custom rigged boats. With experience and top-notch equipment, we are prepared to chase whatever is biting!

298 West Beaufort Road Beaufort, NC

(252) 728-7907|(252) 728-7907


Radio Island Marina

Radio Island Marina is conveniently located at the base of the high rise bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. We are the closest marina to Beaufort Inlet, providing easy access to the ICW, Shackelford Banks, Cape Lookout, Beaufort Inlet, and the Beaufort and Morehead City Waterfronts. At Radio Island Marina we offer a full range of support so your family boating experience is an enjoyable package. From our fully stocked ship’s store with fuel sales on site, to our well appointed clubroom for relaxing with your family, our service department that keeps your boat in top running condition, Radio Island Marina takes care of your family.

156 Radio Island Rd,, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 726-3773