Sailing in Beaufort NC

Lookout Cruises offers daily sailing excursions departing historic Beaufort for up to 42 passengers on a 45-foot catamaran with cushioned seating, plenty of shade and large clean restrooms on board. This year, they celebrate their 26th season on the Beaufort waterfront.

Let Lookout Cruises create a memorable sail on the North Carolina Coast complete with cool breezes, saltwater and breathtaking scenery.

Dolphin Watch | 9:20 – 11:15 am

Adults $40 | $30 for kids 12 and under
Lookout Cruises offers a daily morning sail up the Newport River to a place where the dolphin come to play year after year. These dolphin are familiar friends to Lookout Cruises. Recognized by their individual dorsal fins, they’ve even named a few! Just a few feet from the boat, you can watch the dolphin playing together in their natural habitat. This trip is great for adults and children of all ages.

The cruise departs daily from the Beaufort waterfront.

Cape Lookout Cruise | Noon – 6 pm

Adults $85 | $70 for kids 12 and under
The beauty of the Cape Lookout lighthouse and its pristine surroundings is unparalleled. You’ll really appreciate the stability and comfort of this 45-foot catamaran as we briskly make the six mile ocean voyage to one of the premier anchorages in America.

Their 6-hour cruise departs at Noon for the 1-1/2 hour sail to Cape Lookout where you’ll enjoy 3 hours at two different locations. For their first stop at the tip of Cape Lookout, they’ll beach the boat and serve up a delicious catered lunch with sandwiches, salads and desserts,  On board stairs offer easy access on and off the boat for unbelievable swimming, snorkeling (bring your own equipment) and some of the best shelling on the East Coast. Large clean restrooms and a freshwater deck shower are provided. They will  then tie up the boat at the government dock for your second stop allowing time to visit the Keeper’s Quarters museum, the National Park store and the east beach of South Core Banks. While here you can get spectacular photos of the Lighthouse and on specific days you may climb the 160’ tower. Your bathing suit, camera and a beach towel are all you will need to enjoy a memorable day on the Cape Lookout National Seashore

Sunset Sail | 7 – 8:30 pm

$45 per person
This trip departs each evening and promises a view to take your breath away. The red and yellow North Carolina sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world, and they’re yours to enjoy as we sail from the Beaufort waterfront into the gentle breezes of early evening. With friends or family, it’s a terrific way to wrap up the day! The cruise includes complimentary beverages.

*Pricing may be subject to change without notice.

How to Book Your Lookout Cruise

  • Telephone Reservations at 252-504-7245.
  • Walk-up reservations available.

Tip:  Due to the popularity of this tour, you should plan to make reservations quickly.

Note: 24 Hour Cancellation Policy : You must cancel at least 24 hours before your scheduled trip to receive a full refund.


  • Seasonal, April – October, depends on weather.
  • Call for dates for the start and end of their season.
Drive Time
6 min.
Distance from Hotel
2.2 miles
sail boat in the water with lighthouse in the background

Locals Recommend

“Never knew riding a catamaran was on my bucket list until I checked it off with a sunset cruise. The crew was amazing balancing pouring wine while the boat rocked gently on the surf. Saw the wild horses grazing on sea grass from the island across from Beaufort. We had an amazing sunset and beautiful trip.”

Your coastal North Carolina adventure starts here at the Beaufort Hotel

Your coastal North Carolina adventure starts here at the Beaufort Hotel

Nestled on ten acres, the Beaufort Hotel is offers the privacy of a boutique hotel within minutes to some of the best experiences you’ll enjoy on the Southern Outer Banks.

During your stay. discover, experience, and explore Beaufort – named the “Best Small Town for Adventure” in America by USA Today.

The Beaufort Hotel is a private escape that’s close to every kind of adventure you can imagine. We encourage you to explore like a local, as we give you a slice of what it’s like to live here on the Crystal Coast.

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