If you’re visiting the coastal area in Carteret County compiled of the southern fishing villages of Morehead City, Beaufort, and Atlantic Beach, chances are you enjoy having fun around the water. Both work and recreation in the area are and always have been defined by water. Whether you’re fishing, boating, spending the day at the beach or enjoying the history of the area there’s a good chance that water will in one way or another have something to do with the activity.
Morehead City, one of two state ports, lies to the west of Beaufort and north of Atlantic Beach. The city enjoys many opportunities for outdoor recreation, most especially fishing, historically the town’s lifeblood. Morehead’s ideal location between Beaufort and Atlantic Beach have proven to be an ideal spot to spend a summer vacation or charter a fishing trip from. Highway 70 runs through the center of Morehead City.
Atlantic Beach lies on the easternmost lands of beautiful Bogue Banks, a barrier island lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. While Atlantic Beach is growing, it still enjoys the tranquility of a mostly undeveloped beach town. There are plenty of attractions, accommodations and dining in the area, however, the town still gives off the subtle vibe of a quiet beach to walk while enjoying the sunset. Atlantic Beach lies across Bogue Sound to the south of Morehead City on Highway 1182.
Beaufort, the state’s third oldest town, will take you back in time with its southern charm, its historic district, the North Carolina Maritime Museum, and numerous tales of the many pirates who called the area home, including Blackbeard who is arguably the fiercest pirate of all time. Beaufort lies to the east of Morehead City across the Inter-Coastal Waterway off of US-70.