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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.  Enjoy two nights in Ocracoke Village, "the Pearl" of the Outer banks. 

See also: our 6 day version of this tour, which adds the historic city of New Bern and the sailing village of Oriental, NC. and our 5-Day Northern Outer Banks Tour

Tour Fast Facts:
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Flat coastal cycling along miles of undeveloped seashore

Fresh local seafood

Guided Kayak tour

Sunrise beach walks

2 Waterfront Inns 

4 days / 3 nights

2018 Dates:

May 21 - 24

Oct. 14 - 17

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2018 Price:
$ 1,245 - 1,345 / person

Price range reflects 
early to late enrollment.  

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

Tour prices 
subject to change

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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 explore the marina boardwalk and historic downtown on foot.  After custom fitting your bike in the early afternoon, we'll lead you on a pedaling tour of Beaufort's waterfront and historic sites, including the Old Burying Ground.  We will gather prior to dinner for wine and cheese on the Inlet Inn's Widow's Walk Lounge overlooking the marina and nearby barrier islands.  Our restaurant for the evening is the wonderful Beaufort Grocery Company, which has earned a loyal following.

Day 2: After breakfast, a brief van shuttle takes us to Harker's Island.  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 day’s 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:  Multiple activities will keep you on the move today.  Enjoy and early beach walk before breakfast, or sleep in as you see fit.  After a spectacular breakfast at the Castle on Silver Lake, we take a guided kayak tour on beautiful Silver Lake Harbor and nearby creeks on the island.  Later, you'll have time to bike to the north end of Ocracoke Island and back, paying a visit to the wild ponies of Ocracoke Island along the way.  The evening is yours to enjoy at any of the numerous restaurants on your own, including Howard's  Pub, boasting great food, over 200 beers, and the island's only raw bar.

Day 4:  We catch the early ferry, and enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard 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 25-40 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!  Two ferry rides during the tour allow 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 arrive a day or two early.  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.  American Airlines provides 6-8 daily flights from Charlotte.  AA reservations: 800-433-7300.
Delta Airways flies twice daily between Craven Regional and Atlanta.  888-736-3738.  

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

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) is approximately 3 to 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 Raleigh-Durham Airport.  We pick up there at 9:00 on the morning of Day 1 of the tour.  Return to RDU is by 6:30 p.m. on the last day. 
We are happy to pickup and drop off at any RDU airport hotel as well.  Alternatively, a rental car is your best option to get from RDU to Beaufort. 

Arrival Timing in Beaufort:
  Try to arrive no later than 1:30 if you are renting a bike from us, 2:30 otherwise.  That means a morning arrival at RDU, and a morning or early afternoon arrival at EWN.   Departure time from Beaufort on the last day is usually around 2:30 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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