Voted #1 as Travel + Leisure readers America’s Favorite Small Town in 2014!
Beaufort, NC – about 20 miles from Emerald Isle – is one of the Crystal Coast’s most popular towns due to its unique charm and history. It was even named America’s Coolest Small Town in 2012 by by Budget Travel voters and one of America’s Favorite Small Towns in 2013 by Travel + Leisure readers!
The third-oldest town in the state, Beaufort, NC, is known for its rich maritime history which dates back 300 years. According to legend, Blackbeard the pirate lived in Beaufort, North Carolina, during his pillaging along the coast. His presumed ship and its artifacts were recovered from the Beaufort Inlet. Tour the famous pirate’s home and the popular historic buildings at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, just a short drive from your Emerald Isle Realty vacation rental.