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Morehead-City is located in Carteret County on North Carolina's central Crystal Coast. It is a mainland seaport town situated on the banks of Newport River, opposite the town of Beaufort. With a rich maritime history, Morehead City is home to several marine research facilities, including The Institute of Marine Sciences and The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Also a deep-water port, Morehead City serves as a port of the Second Division of the US Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. The town is known for its' fishing and boating and seafood restaurants, with lots of antique shops, boutiques and other specialty shops in the area. Morehead City is also near the Croatan National Forest, Bogue Sound and Intercoastal Waterway, so outdoor recreation is key to the area. Enjoy all types of beach activities such as swimming, sunning, shelling and windsurfing, plus hiking along nature trails at nearby Fort Macon State Park. The community of Atlantic Beach is a short drive from Morehead City and has a beach causeway that offers amusement park rides and a variety of shops, restaurants and other activities. The North Carolina Aquarium is in nearby Pine Knoll Shores, and other attractions within an easy drive from Morehead City includes the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the Beaufort State Historic Site, Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Carteret County Museums of History & Art.

Surrounding areas: Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (1.8 mi), Beaufort, North Carolina (3.5 mi), Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina (4.4 mi), Indian Beach, North Carolina (9.6 mi), Harkers Island, North Carolina (9.7 mi), Crystal Coast, North Carolina (11.0 mi), Emerald Isle, North Carolina (13.1 mi)

Morehead City Vacation Rentals

Morehead City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerisuites118 Salter Path RdMorehead City, NC (252) 247-5118
Best Western Buccaneer Inn2806 Arendell StMorehead City, NC (252) 726-3115
Comfort Inn3100 Arendell StMorehead City, NC (252) 247-3434
Econo Lodge Crystal Coast3410 Bridges StMorehead City, NC (252) 247-2940
Hampton Inn4035 Arendell StMorehead City, NC (252) 240-2300
Holiday Inn Express & Suites5063 Executive DrMorehead City, NC (252) 247-5001
Days Inn602 W FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC1.8 mi.(919) 247-6400
Fishermans Inn110 Morehego AveAtlantic Beach, NC1.8 mi.(919) 726-2273
Hollowells Motel114 E FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC1.8 mi.(919) 726-5227
Iron SteamerAtlantic Beach, NC1.8 mi.(919) 247-4221
Peppertree Atlantic Beach715 West Ft Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC1.8 mi.(252) 247-5841
"Triple ""S"" Motel"502 Henderson BlvdAtlantic Beach, NC1.9 mi.(919) 726-8156
Sheraton Atlantic Beach2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC2.7 mi.(252) 240-1155
Beaufort Inn101 Ann StBeaufort, NC3.3 mi.(252) 728-2600
Amerisuites Atlantic Beach118 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC3.9 mi.(252) 247-5118
Atlantis Lodge Inc123 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC3.9 mi.(919) 726-5168
Islander Motor InnEmerald Isle, NC13.1 mi.(919) 354-3464
Days Inn1220 E Main StHavelock, NC13.6 mi.(252) 447-1122
Comfort Inn1013 E Main StHavelock, NC13.7 mi.(252) 444-8444
Hampton Inn Havelock105 Tourist Center DrHavelock, NC14.7 mi.(252) 447-9400
Holiday Inn Havelock400 Hwy 70 WHavelock, NC14.7 mi.(252) 444-1111
Tar Heel Inn205 Church StOriental, NC21.1 mi.(252) 249-1078
Best Western Silver Creek Inn801 Cedar Pt BlvdSwansboro, NC22.5 mi.(252) 393-9015

Morehead City 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. 73°F
July 88°F 72°F 5.94 in. 77°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

Morehead City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located about 50 miles west of Morehead City in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located approximately 65 miles northwest of Morehead City in Kinston, North Carolina, the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located roughly 73 miles west of Morehead City in Wilmington, North Carolina, and finally the Pitt Greenville airport (PGV) located around 73 miles northwest of Morehead City in Greenville, North Carolina.

Morehead City Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC81.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Bogue Banks Country ClubPine Knoll ShoresNC5.3 mi.
Links Golf ClubHavelockNC14.2 mi.
Star Hill Golf & Country ClubCape CarteretNC19.1 mi.
Minnesott Golf & Country ClubArapahoeNC21.2 mi.
Silver Creek Golf ClubSwansboroNC22.0 mi.
State Parks
Fort Macon State ParkNC3.5 mi. 
Hammocks Beach State ParkNC24.4 mi. 
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC3.5 mi.(History)
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC40.4 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC1.8 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC84.0 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC101.1 mi.

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