Attractions North Carolina's Crystal Coast offers...

Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout And Cape Lookout Lighthouse
A visit here makes for a terrific day outing. The Harborlight recommends you use the Local Yokel or Calico Jack's Marina at Harkers Island as your taxi/ferry service to here and to SHACKLEFORD BANKS where the turn of the century settlement of Diamond City was located and the wild horses have roamed since the late 16th century. The boat captain will leave you on the island and return for you at your pre-arranged time. This excursion offers secluded beaches and excellent shelling.> For more information click here.

Hammocks Beach State Park
This island, located 5 miles from the inn, is owned and maintained by the State of NC. Boat taxi is available year round, and in season a pontoon boat trip to the island will cost $5.00! CONDE' NAST TRAVELER rated this island as one of the ten top beaches in the U.S. You can find beautiful shells and sand dollars on the pristine beaches here. > For more information click here.


Kayaking And Canoeing
There are several points where you can rent kayaks or canoes around the area. Bogue Sound is known for being an ideal recreational kayaking spot. Ask us about the various rentals spots or about taking one of ours from the dock for a leisurely exploration of the local waters.
Cape Lookout Cruises
Located on the Beaufort waterfront, you set sail on a 45 foot catamaran for excursions to Cape Lookout or for a romantic sunset sail. Cape Lookout excursions depart the Beaufort waterfront at 12 noon and return at 6pm. Lunch is provided-just wear your swimwear and take a beach towel! Fee is $54.00/person. Sunset sails depart at 7pm and return at 830pm-complimentary beer/wine/soft drinks are provided. Fee is $25.00/person, reservations are confirmed with a major credit card. Cruises are offered from Memorial Day until October 15th. > For more information click here.

Boating and Sailing

The beaches of Bogue Banks are less than 10 minutes away. Enjoy oceanfront sun, sand and sea year round along one of the nicest strands of beach in North Carolina.

Swansboro, a quaint waterfront village located 4 miles from the inn, has many shops and several waterfront restaurants. Historical homes of Swansboro are toured, on occasion, during annual festivals and community events. > For more information click here.


NC's third oldest town, is a 30 minute drive from the Harborlight. There are numerous shops, waterfront walks by the marina, and many restaurant choices for elegant or casual dining. Sunset sails and tours of the harbor are favorite ways to end a day of exploring Beaufort. > For more information click here.

Tryon Palace
Located in New Bern, about an hour's drive from here, this was the original site of North Carolina's first governor. Built in the late 1760's and lived in by Governor Tryon for only one year (1771), the palace remains as one of the most frequented tourist stops in North Carolina. > For more information click here.


Every form of the sport is available here--from fishing for flounder, spot, trout and red drum right off our dock to deep sea fishing for blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin (mahi-mahi). 1/2 day king mackerel and other boat trips are available as well. We even have an inshore fishing guide next door who would love to take you on an inshore trip for a 1/2, 3/4, or a full day of fishing. Read more at

Fort Macon

Fort Macon State Park
Located at Atlantic Beach, this 385-acre park is home to a restored Civil War Fort. Rangers are usually at the fort to answer questions, but you are at liberty to explore the fort on your own. > For more information click here.

Two nice courses, Star Hill Golf Club and Silver Creek are located within 10 minutes of the inn.

Horseback Riding
Enjoy riding on the beach is available at Cedar Island, about 1 1/4 hours from the inn. Most guests ride at sunset for a romantic end to a great day. Reservations are needed.

NC Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum, located in Beaufort, offers a glimpse into the seafaring past. The museum curator offers wonderful field trips to our barrier islands and the Croatan National Forest on weekdays. This is a very interesting museum. > For more information click here.

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