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Harkers-Island is a major boat building center with a permanent population of approximately 2000 people, but that number swells during the summer and fall fishing seasons. Located off North Carolina's central "Crystal Coast," Harkers Island is near the cities of Beaufort, Atlantic Beach and Morehead City. Harkers Island was originally known as Craney Island, but was changed in 1730 when Ebenezer Harker acquired the land. In the year 1899 many citizens of nearby Shackleford Banks moved to Harkers Island after their community was hard hit by a hurricane. These whalers brought with them their skilled knowledge of boats and helped make Harkers Island the boat building capital it is to this day. Everywhere you look in town you will see wooden crafts under various stages of development. Take some time to stroll the island's main road to see many of the craftsmen at work. The island also offers guided tours and is home to the Capelook Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks. All types of watersports are available on Harkers Island's beautiful beaches, and it is a well-known destination for anglers. If you are planning a visit late in the year, don't miss the Core Sound DeCoy Festival, usually held the first weekend in December.

Surrounding areas: Crystal Coast, North Carolina (1.3 mi), Beaufort, North Carolina (6.1 mi), Morehead City, North Carolina (9.7 mi), Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (10.3 mi), Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina (13.6 mi), Indian Beach, North Carolina (18.8 mi), Emerald Isle, North Carolina (22.3 mi)

Harkers Island Vacation Rentals

Harkers Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Beaufort Inn101 Ann StBeaufort, NC6.5 mi.(252) 728-2600
"Triple ""S"" Motel"502 Henderson BlvdAtlantic Beach, NC8.6 mi.(919) 726-8156
Amerisuites118 Salter Path RdMorehead City, NC9.7 mi.(252) 247-5118
Holiday Inn Express & Suites5063 Executive DrMorehead City, NC9.7 mi.(252) 247-5001
Days Inn602 W FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC10.3 mi.(919) 247-6400
Fishermans Inn110 Morehego AveAtlantic Beach, NC10.3 mi.(919) 726-2273
Hollowells Motel114 E FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC10.3 mi.(919) 726-5227
Iron SteamerAtlantic Beach, NC10.3 mi.(919) 247-4221
Peppertree Atlantic Beach715 West Ft Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC10.3 mi.(252) 247-5841
Best Western Buccaneer Inn2806 Arendell StMorehead City, NC10.5 mi.(252) 726-3115
Comfort Inn3100 Arendell StMorehead City, NC10.7 mi.(252) 247-3434
Econo Lodge Crystal Coast3410 Bridges StMorehead City, NC11.1 mi.(252) 247-2940
Sheraton Atlantic Beach2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC11.6 mi.(252) 240-1155
Hampton Inn4035 Arendell StMorehead City, NC12.0 mi.(252) 240-2300
Amerisuites Atlantic Beach118 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC12.9 mi.(252) 247-5118
Atlantis Lodge Inc123 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC12.9 mi.(919) 726-5168
Islander Motor InnEmerald Isle, NC22.3 mi.(919) 354-3464
Comfort Inn1013 E Main StHavelock, NC22.4 mi.(252) 444-8444
Days Inn1220 E Main StHavelock, NC22.4 mi.(252) 447-1122
Hampton Inn Havelock105 Tourist Center DrHavelock, NC23.2 mi.(252) 447-9400
Holiday Inn Havelock400 Hwy 70 WHavelock, NC23.2 mi.(252) 444-1111
Tar Heel Inn205 Church StOriental, NC24.2 mi.(252) 249-1078

Harkers Island Weather & Climate

Latitude accounts for some climatic variations in the state of North Carolina, as do soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on temperatures, as well, especially on the immediate coast. Coastal fronts are common during the winter months, and can push inland, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. However, at times the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. The meeting of the two opposing currents sometimes provides a breeding ground for rough weather. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are lower than those even a few miles inland. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 35°F 5.38 in. 49°F
February 59°F 36°F 4.03 in. 46°F
March 65°F 43°F 4.27 in. 52°F
April 72°F 50°F 2.94 in. 59°F
May 78°F 59°F 4.66 in. 68°F
June 84°F 67°F 4.04 in. 74°F
July 88°F 72°F 5.94 in. 78°F
August 88°F 71°F 7.55 in. 80°F
September 84°F 66°F 6.47 in. 77°F
October 76°F 55°F 4.36 in. 70°F
November 68°F 46°F 4.07 in. 58°F
December 60°F 38°F 4.54 in. 55°F

Harkers Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Craven County Regional airport (EWN) located about 37 miles northwest of Harkers Island in New Bern, North Carolina, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 60 miles west of Harkers Island in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Warren Field (OCW) located roughly 66 miles northwest of Harkers Island in Washington, North Carolina, and finally Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located around 73 miles northwest of Harkers Island in Kinston, North Carolina.

Harkers Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC88.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Bogue Banks Country ClubPine Knoll ShoresNC14.2 mi.
Links Golf ClubHavelockNC22.8 mi.
Minnesott Golf & Country ClubArapahoeNC26.9 mi.
Star Hill Golf & Country ClubCape CarteretNC28.4 mi.
State Parks
Fort Macon State ParkNC6.8 mi. 
Hammocks Beach State ParkNC33.3 mi. 
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC6.1 mi.(History)
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC44.1 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC10.3 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC90.8 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC97.5 mi.

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