Cape Lookout Beach

  • Cape Lookout Beach - USA
  • Cape Lookout Beach - USA
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  • Cape Lookout Beach - USA
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The beach at Cape Lookout forms a continuous V of gorgeous sand which wraps around the cape’s Atlantic shoreline for mile after mile. The widest extent of sand can be found at the base of the V, where the beach ends at Cape Lookout Shoals. However, that’s not to say that the long ribbons of pristine sand which stretch out to either side of this area are narrow or uninviting.

Forming the coastline of Core Banks barrier island, family-friendly Cape Lookout Beach has a range of activities capable of entertaining all ages for all hours of the day. Beyond sand castle building, there’s plenty of space for sunbathing, attractive waters for swimming in, and the chance to go shelling. There are also plenty of fishing opportunities, alongside canoeing and kayaking.

Cape Lookout is well known for its 163 feet tall lighthouse. Instantly recognisable with its diamond checkerboard pattern the building dates back to 1859. One of only a few lighthouses that operates during the day the keepers quarters are now home to a museum.

Although there are no established facilities such as restrooms or drinking water at Cape Lookout, overnight camping is permitted. Ferries reach the island from Beaufort.

Nearest town/city

Harkers Island


  • Good fishing
  • Surfing
  • Kite surfing


  • Restroom/toilets

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