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Southern Outer Banks Bicycle Tour (4 Day Version) 
A bicycling vacation along North Carolina's Outer Banks & Pamlico Sound 

Sparkling sandy beaches, delectable seafood, relaxing ferry rides, and extraordinary biking await you on this special tour.  We visit in the spring and fall, when the crowds are gone and the weather is perfect for bicycling.  The famous picturesque lighthouses of the North Carolina seashore complete our adventure in the historic islands haunted by Blackbeardís legend!

See also our 6 day version of this tour, which adds the historic city of New Bern and the sailing village of Oriental, NC.

Tour Fast Facts:
Highlights Dates: Price:
4 days / 3 nights

Flat coastal cycling along miles of undeveloped seashore,
Fresh local seafood,
Guided Kayak tour,
Sunrise beach walks,
and plenty of relaxation
in waterfront inns!


2015 Dates:
Oct. 18 - 21 (Su-W)

2016 Dates:
Apr. 11 - 14 (M-Th)
Oct. 16 - 19 (Su-W)



2015 Price:
$ 1175 - 1275 / person

Price range reflects 
early to late enrollment.  

Bike rental: $80
Single occupancy room supplement: $375

2016 Price:
(Receive 2015 pricing for all
2016 dates if enroll by

Tour prices subject to change

Dates with an asterisk * have a solo traveler hoping for a roommate--  Call for details
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Day 1:  We meet in Beaufort, North Carolina's third oldest town, at the Inlet Inn in the heart of the historic district.  Arrive early to take a bike ride on nearby Bogue Banks, catch a tour boat to uninhabited Cape Lookout, just across the sound, or visit Fort Macon or the NC Aquarium nearby.  After custom fitting your bike, we'll lead you on a pedaling tour of Beaufort's historic sites.  Or, you are free to stroll the boardwalk, waterfront, and stately village streets prior to rendezvousing for our group gourmet dinner and brief cycling safety meeting in the evening.  Our restaurant is the wonderful Beaufort Grocery Company, which has earned a loyal following.  Preview the menu: click here.  

Day 2: After breakfast, we embark on a 1 hour morning sail from the Beaufort waterfront (weather permitting) with chances to see the ponies in the distance on Shackleford Banks.  Our bike route takes us through the breathtaking salt marsh expanse of the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge and past tiny coastal fishing communities to the first ferry of the tour. This 2 hour trip transports us across sparkling Pamlico Sound, providing time to enjoy a delicious catered lunch.  We land in the quirky fishing village of Ocracoke with time to explore the village on bike and walk the sandy side streets, shop artists' shops which line the village roads, or relax by the heated pool at the inn.  Later, we'll recap the dayís adventures over wine and cheese on the rooftop widow's walk at the Castle, prior to walking to our favorite Ocracoke restaurant, the Back Porch, for another gourmet dinner.

Day 3:  Biking  through the surprisingly diverse coastal terrain, we'll pay visits to the wild ponies of Ocracoke Island, and take a break on our morning trek with a short ferry ride to Hatteras Island.  A short distance further towers the famous Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the US.  You can climb the 257 steps to the lighthouse balcony, depending on time of year.  A catered picnic lunch will be laid out when you come down.  We'll bike and ferry back to Ocracoke Village.  The evening is yours to enjoy at any of the fine restaurants on your own, or you may join your guides at Howard's  Pub, boasting great food, over 200 beers, and the island's only raw bar.

Day 4:  We catch the early ferry, on which we enjoy a delicious breakfast as we slip by bird-covered sandbars and formations of brown pelicans.  After landing on Cedar Island, we cycle along the sparkling waters of the Core Sound prior to returning to Beaufort.  We enjoy one last catered lunch together on the porch of the Inlet Inn.  Showers are available prior to saying farewell to your new friends.


Night 1: Inlet Inn, Beaufort, NC.  Walking distance from everything in the heart of the historic district, the Inlet Inn boasts large balconies with the best views of the Beaufort waterfront, and spacious rooms.

Nights 2-3: The Castle on Silver Lake, Ocracoke, NC.  You will not want to leave the island hospitality provided by this beautifully restored bed and breakfast!  Relax with friends by the private heated pool, on the widow's walk, or in the parlor complete with billiards table.

The Castle on Silver Lake, Ocracoke, NC

Cycling:  We cycle 15 - 50+ miles each day (at your option) along flat terrain. Strong coastal winds sometimes present a minor challenge, but they are just as likely to propel us along our route!  Several ferry rides are scattered throughout this tour, allowing pleasant opportunities to relax.  Along the way, observe coastal wetlands as you bike through the Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  See the Cycling Miles section on our What to Expect page for more information.

Extend Your Vacation:  After our activity packed tour, you may want to relax for a few days.  Perhaps in the historic district of New Bern or Wilmington.  Or continue your visit of the coast by driving up to Manteo and Kitty Hawk.  There is plenty to see and do in eastern North Carolina.  We'll be happy to make suggestions for you and help with arrangements.

The Beaufort Area:   There is a lot to do in and around Beaufort if you have time.  Private ferries cross the sound to historic Cape Lookout Lighthouse, now a part of uninhabited Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Fort Macon, a Civil War fort is a few minutes drive away on Atlantic Beach.  Just minutes from the fort is the newly renovated and expanded NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  Blackbeard and North Carolina's nautical heritage is illuminated at the NC Maritime Museum in downtown Beaufort.

Getting to the Tour Start (Beaufort, NC):

Driving:  Beaufort is 319 miles from Charlotte, NC,  104 miles from Wilmington, NC, and 254 miles from Richmond, VA.


Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern, NC is approximately 40 miles away.  US Airways Express provides 6-8 daily flights from Charlotte.  USAir reservations: 1-800-428-4322,  flight information: 1-800-943-5436. Delta Airways flies twice daily between Craven Regional and Atlanta.  800-221-1212.  

Albert J. Ellis Airport
  in Jacksonville, NC is approximately 1 hour's drive away.  US Airways Express provides 3-5 daily flights from Charlotte.

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) is approximately 3-1/2 hours away.  It is served by most major airlines.

Wilmington International Airport
(ILM) is approximately 2 hours away.  Service provided by US Airways and Delta.   

Ground Transit:
  With advance coordination, Carolina Tailwinds can provide airport shuttle from/to New Bern and Raleigh-Durham Airports.  Call us to coordinate timing.  Otherwise, several shuttle services and car rental agencies are available.  Call us for details.

  Arrival time of the first day of the tour is flexible.  Try to arrive no later than 5 p.m., and 4 p.m. if you are renting a bike from us.  That means a morning arrival at RDU, and a morning or early afternoon arrival at EWR or ILM.   Departure time from Beaufort on the last day is between 1-2 p.m.

        Walk the beach of Ocracoke at sunrise  

Call 888.251.3206 (local number is 336.794.1054) or click here to make your reservation today!

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