Beaufort, North Carolina, is a mecca for boating enthusiasts. In early June the dock is crowded with large fishing boats being prepped for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.
The marshes of the waterways around Beaufort NC provide a very scenic backdrop to the historic downtown area.
The surrounding area of historic Beaufort is an aquatic playground. We especially like to take the boat trip off-shore from Harkers Island to the islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore.
We spend a few hours wandering around the remote, pristine beaches, looking for wild horses, wild flowers, seabirds and other wildlife.
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Atlantic Beach is a short drive from Beaufort. To avoid the intense summer sun we joined the early risers for a long walk on the beach. The fishing pier was already jumping.
I like to have an early morning coffee when I'm out walking so I was delighted to see the welcoming "OPEN" flag flapping in the sea breeze.
As we slurped our delicious hot coffees we looked out to sea, hoping to see dolphins or whales at play. On past trips we have spotted these beautiful sea creatures as they swim their east coast odyssey.