Beaufort (pronounced “Bow-fert”, not to be confused with “Beau-fert” in South Carolina) is the third oldest town in the state.  It has a storied history of pirates and ship wrecks, confederate spies and antebellum homes.  Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, lies about three miles off the coast and the Maritime Museum in town showcases many of the items that divers have salvaged from her.  The Beaufort State Historic Site recreates life from colonial times, with costumed guides leading tours through some of the beautiful historic homes in town.

Departure Port for the Caribbean