Not to be outdone, Morehead City, lying on the opposite side of the Newport River/Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Beaufort, rebuilt its waterfront during the late 1980's. Since that project's completion, a host of new businesses, retail shops and some very nice restaurants have sprung into being.
Courtesy of the "Outer Banks" there are only three "all weather" inlets along the entire North Carolina coastline. Arguably the best of these for cruising purposes is, you guessed it, Beaufort Inlet. This seaward cut leads almost directly from the briny blue, into the Morehead City Turning Basin. When you consider the double accessibility of these waters, courtesy of the both the AICW and Beaufort Inlet, it's easy to see why pleasure craft and large ocean going commercial freighters funneled into the twin towns. We strongly suggest that you too heed the siren's call of Beaufort and Morehead City. Your treasure chest of cruising experiences will be ever so much richer for the effort.
Seafood is king in Morehead City. There must be a good dozen restaurants along the waterfront where you can try out fish or shellfish in more ways than this writer could possibly enumerate. Floyds 1921 (252-727-1921) restaurant, housed in an old Morehead home place, is one of this writer's favorite. It resides just next door to Morehead City Yacht Basin.
Mariners bound for Morehead City can simply continue following the well-defined track of the AICW. Just north of the high-rise Newport River Bridge, you might choose to turn west and visit impressive Morehead City Yacht Basin (MCYB). Or, you can cruise under the bridge, follow the Waterway's turn to the west through the Turning Basin, and cut north into a marked channel that parallels the downtown Morehead City waterfront.