You can come to Beaufort by land, by air or by sea. Beaufort is 150 miles southeast of Raleigh, NC on the North Carolina Coast, just off Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout is about halfway between Cape Hatteras (Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Outer Banks area) and Cape Fear (Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach)
Beaufort is the county seat of Carteret County. Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach and Salter Path are within 10 miles, Swansboro, and New Bern are within 35 miles. Beaufort lies on the Intracoastal waterway at the Beaufort Inlet and is a convenient jumping off point for boating for the islands and points north and south along the intracoastal.