Beaufort, NC: Historic & Trendy

Beaufort was settled in 1709 and is the third oldest town in North Carolina, but that's not stopping it from getting ranked by Budget Travel Magazine as one of the country's "Coolest Small Towns."

Beaufort is the county seat of Carteret County and is located east of Morehead City. With a population of slightly more than 4,000 people and only slightly larger than 5 square miles, the town of Beaufort is packed with history, adventure, and beauty. Discover a few of the highlights of life here, and see if your dream home is on the market!

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Beaufort at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 4,164
County: Carteret
Zip Codes: 28516
Median Home Value:

Travel & Commute

Morehead City: 10 min
Emerald Isle: 34 min
Jacksonville: 1 hr 9 min
Major Roads: NC-24, US-70

Beaufort Attractions

Everything You'll LOVE in Beaufort

Rich History

Beaufort has come a long way since its early days as a fishing village and trading port that experienced frequent pirate raids. Even the dreaded Blackbeard pirate paid Beaufort a visit.

Now, however, Beaufort is raided by families and individuals looking for an excellent place to vacation or a waterside town to purchase an extraordinary waterfront home. Given the city's age and history, there are many traditional-style homes that draw visitors from around the world.

Unique Lifestyle

A walk through the present day docks will reveal a city rooted in boating tradition. Instead of a clipper ship moored at these public docks, you'll find luxury yachts and sailboats awaiting their owner's return from enjoying the fine dining and shopping in Beaufort.

Across Taylors Creek, you might catch a glimpse of the wild horses that occupy Carrot Island - an island to which residents and visitors will kayak, or get a water taxi across, so they may picnic and swim. 

Outdoor Recreation

Deep-sea fishing, diving, boating, surfing, kayaking—Beaufort offers a wide variety of ways to get outside and enjoy the stunning scenery and oceanfront views. When you live here, excitement and adventure is always around the corner, no matter the season.

In the summer, it's prime time for aquatic activities like swimming and kayaking, while the cooler seasons are the perfect time to take a lighthouse tour or go for horseback rides along the beach. Visit shipwrecks, hike the Rachel Carson Preserve, see what sort of wildlife you can spot from the docks—life in Beaufort is truly one-of-a-kind.

Local Dining

One of the best things about life in Beaufort? Easy access to some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in the country. We recommend trying out the grilled oysters at City Kitchen, the shrimp and grits at Aqua Restaurant, and the clam chowder at Clawson's 1905. 

Since the ocean is right outside of your front door, you can always check out local seafood markets like Beaufort Inlet Seafood or Outerbanks Seafood, and cook up your own mouthwatering flavors! 

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