Beaufort, NC was ranked Number 2 in the nation on the 2014 list of “Most Romantic Towns” by Travel+Leisure magazine.

Beaufort is the third-oldest town in North Carolina (after Bath and Edenton). On February 1, 2012, Beaufort was ranked as “America’s Coolest Small Town” by readers of Budget Travel Magazine.

The population was 4,189 at the 2008 census. It is sometimes confused with a city of the same name in South Carolina; the two are distinguished by different pronunciations.

Beaufort is located in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region. The town is home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the Duke University Marine Laboratory (Nicholas School of the Environment), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research. It is also the location of the Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve.  The Nicholas Sparks’ novel and movie A Walk To Remember is set in Beaufort.

If you’re looking for things to do, places to go, restaurants and attractions, check out the Beaufort local area guide.

Town of Beaufort, NC.

701 Front St.
PO Box 390
Beaufort, NC 2851
Phone: 252-728-2141
Fax: 252-728-3982

Social Media for Beaufort, NC

No official social media accounts for the town government

Local Newspapers

Carteret News-Times 
Jacksonville Daily News
Raleigh News and Observer
Tideland News
Wilmington Morning Star

Beaufort Schools

Bath Elementary School
Beaufort County Early College High School
Beaufort County Ed Tech Center
Chocowinity Middle School
Chocowinity Primary School
Eastern Elementary School
John Cotten Tayloe Elementary
John Small Elementary School
Northeast Elementary School
Northside High School
P.S. Jones Middle School
Southside High School
S.W. Snowden
Washington High School

Additional Links of Interest

Art Council of Carteret County
Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
Carteret Community College
Carteret County Economic Development Council
Carteret County Library
Carteret County Public Schools
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
Coastal Carolina Community College
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
Crystal Coast Boat Show
Crystal Coast Civic Center
Crystal Coast Grand Prix
Crystal Coast Hospitality Association
Crystal Coast Tourism & Visitor Center
Jelly Stalkers – Tracking Jellyfish along the NC Coast
Morehead Center for the Performing Arts
North Carolina Aquarium
North Carolina Beach Inlet, & Waterway Association
North Carolina Coastal Federation
North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Resources – Public Beach & Access Map
North Carolina Maritime Museum
North Carolina Seafood Festival

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