Enjoy some amazing scenery on the water while taking the Intracoastal Waterway from Wrightsville Beach to historical Beaufort. Established in 1709, Beaufort’s rich history has everything from Blackbeard’s shipwrecks to a booming fishing and shipbuilding industry.
Take family and friends on a great weekend trip that has endless opportunities for exploration and adventures. Beginning in Wrightsville Beach, you’ll encounter all kinds of interesting homes including this one of a kind pink house on its own island just outside of Surf City.
Soon after you’ll pass through the New River and along off limit areas used by the Camp Lejeune Marine Base.
The next town you will encounter is Swansboro which has dock and dine restaurants if you want to stop for lunch as well as lots of shops right along the waterfront. Heading north out of Swansboro you’ll enter Bogue Sound, a large open bay which is misleading because while it looks wide and deep it is still a narrow channel and you need to pay close attention to the markers.
After passing the large shipping port in Morehead City you’ll round Radio Island and enter Beaufort. There are lots of restaurants, museums, hotels, and B&B’s right along the waterfront making everything you need within walking distance.
If you’re feeling adventurous head over to Shackleford Banks, a barrier island just a couple miles away inhabited only by wild horses that survived an 18th century Spanish shipwreck. Be sure to chat with a local before heading out as the channel in and out can be tricky. It only took a few minutes of cruising the shoreline before we came across these two!
If you like historical small towns, great seafood and boating you can’t go wrong with a weekend trip to Beaufort! Take your family on the trip yourself or hire one of our captains to do the navigating. We offer multiple boats for these overnight trips, everything from the Wellcraft 18 and Kencraft 21 to Carolina Breeze. Be sure to give us a call and we’ll help you choose the best option for you!