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Cape Lookout National Seashore named “Best National Park Beach” by USA Today

The Cape Lookout National Seashore is well known for its isolated beaches and great shells, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a just stroll away from the local ocean-facing shoreline.

Ride the famous beach shuttle at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Learn about the Cape’s history and ecology as you ride in comfort. Jump off at the Point and explore, then return when you’re ready, or just take the narrated, scenic round-trip tour.

Cape Lookout National Seashore protects a 56-mile stretch of barrier islands on the North Carolina coast. These undeveloped beaches provide vital nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds and a herd of wild horses roam free on Shackleford Banks. The Cape Lookout lighthouse and two historic villages offer a glimpse into the lives of people who made their living on the edge of the sea.

Once at Cape Lookout you are free to explore, enjoy, and relax for two to two and a half hours before departing Cape Lookout to return to Beaufort. Prepare for a fun adventure!  Take in all the gorgeous sights of the seashore, including wildlife sightings of dolphins, wild horses, local bird species, and more. Go for a swim or just explore the shore, looking for seashells as you walk along the water.

Island Express Ferry Service is only ferry authorized to drop off at the lighthouse!

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is currently closed. Major renovation are scheduled to begin in the fall/winter of 2021. The National Park Service expects the renovation to take two years to complete.

Advance Reservations Suggested

  • Call Island Express Ferry Service directly to book at (252) 728-7433. Be sure to tell them you are staying at the Beaufort Hotel.
  • Visit the Island Express Ferry Service website for information, schedules, and pricing. You can also book your trip online.
  • Please note: Although infants (ages 2 & under) are free, they must still be included in your reservation.
  • Trip minimums apply. First come, first served.


Images provided by Island Express Ferry Service.

Drive Time
6 min.
Distance from Hotel
2.4 miles
Mega Beach Shuttle

Locals Recommend

“We used the truck service to get out to the point for shelling. Both Dave and Keith were very informative and very friendly. It’s a great service that I’d recommend to anyone visiting the barrier islands!”

Where your Outer Banks adventure begins.

Situated 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.

Attraction Details


Harkers Island:

  • 1800 Island Road
    Harkers Island, NC 28531

Experience Beaufort North Carolina’s Attractions

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