Beaufort, North Carolina Pulls Into the Lead in "America's Coolest Small Town" Contest

Jan 30, 2012, 11:38 ET from Crystal Coast Tourism Authority

BEAUFORT, N.C., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boasting more than 300 years of historical legacy, the town of Beaufort on North Carolina's Crystal Coast has been nominated for "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel magazine and with less than 48 hours left in the competition, the Carteret County town is encouraging fans to vote. As the southern-most town, the competition has pulled support from the region earning more than 30 percent of the votes. The community of less than 4,500 has "the edge and the heart" Budget Travel is searching for in their next "Coolest Small Town." Voting is permitted every 24 hours and ends Jan. 31.,11/

Located on the Crystal Coast – North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks – Beaufort transports visitors and residents to a time long forgotten. With deep roots in both history and adventure, its charm is unparalleled. The air is saturated with the same ancient salty-sweet ocean scents that have caressed the coast for centuries. It is not uncommon while dining at a waterfront cafe to see wild horses running freely on Carrot Island, just across the glassy waters of Taylor's Creek. The intimate bed and breakfasts that dot the oak-lined streets are the perfect way to complement a romantic vacation with elegant Victorian suites and charming home-cooked breakfasts.

Dangling like a delicate strand of pearls off the coast of North Carolina, the favored Atlantic beach destination of generations represents one of the only remaining natural barrier island systems in the World. The Islands are strung together with 85 miles of silken coastline along the southern Outer Banks, 56 miles of which are in the protected Cape Lookout National Seashore. The barrier islands take a southward curve, blessing the Crystal Coast with beaches that course east and west with views of the dazzlingly bright sun rise to greet the day and then slip into the shimmering translucent blue waters during a spectacular North Carolina sunset.

For more information on Beaufort and North Carolina's Crystal Coast, call (800) 786-6962 or visit or

SOURCE Crystal Coast Tourism Authority