As A Preferred Jumping-Off Point to The Caribbean
makes an excellent jumping off point for your cruise to the Caribbean
from the East Coast. In fact, it is called "The Gateway to the
Caribbean." It is considered to be one of the
best of a handful of locations, because of location and logistics,
to launch such a trip. The other options usually include southern
New England, southern Florida and the Virginia capes.
first, Beaufort North Carolina is not to be confused with Beaufort
(pronounced Beuw-fort) South Carolina as the two are only three
hundred seventy nine highway miles apart. It is, however, a frequent
mistake of visitors to this area. For cruisers departing from
northern climates, the Intracoastal Waterway is the preferred
route for beginning the journey to the Caribbean. Besides enjoying
the milder climate while provisioning, you and your crew will
have the opportunity to test yourselves and your craft during
this phase of the trip.
offers numerous facilities for the cruiser embarking on a long
journey. There are numerous marinas in Beaufort, eight of which
offer transient dockage. Though some marinas do not offer pump
out, Beaufort City Docks, Beaufort Inn, Old Town Yacht Club, Sea
Gate Marina, The Boathouse and Town Creek Marinas do offer this service. You
will find ample boat suppliers in the area including Barbours
Marine in Beaufort, Ace Marine and West Marine in Morehead City.
There are multiple sail repair facilities in the area and several
grocery stores. Both Boat US and Sea-Tow have local branches.
To contact Boat US simply hail them on channel 16 or call (252)
728-5088. Sea-Tow monitors channels 7, 9 and 79.
you're taking a break before continuing your voyage there are
numerous good restaurants and shops in the historic downtown area
as well as throughout Beaufort, several within walking distance.
And we'd love to see you during your stopover. If you'd like to
look over our inventory of boats
for sale in Beaufort, just walk one block west from the
Beaufort Waterfront on Front Street, right next to the NC
you need medical care, Beaufort has an Urgent Care Center and
Carteret General Hospital is located in nearby Morehead City.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located on Front Street
and strolling through town to admire the beautifully restored
historic homes offers pleasant diversion. With all of the resources
available to the serious cruiser, Beaufort makes an ideal jumping
off point for the Caribbean.