Getting Here, Getting Around in Havelock, NC

Lots of Havelock, NC residents find themselves arriving by military plane at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, but most residents enjoy traveling into town in their own cars and on motorcycles. Public airports in nearby New Bern (15 minutes away) and Jacksonville, or private airplanes bring passengers into the airport in Beaufort, but it's primarily highways 70 and 101 that get visitors to the city. 

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By Land

The Crystal Coast which includes Beaufort, Morehead City, the Bogue Banks communities of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, and Swansboro, draws visitors from all over, and is an easy three hour drive on U.S. Highway 70 to Raleigh, the state capital.  Greenville, NC, home of East Carolina University, is a quick hour and a half jaunt.

Travelers from the north or south will find that Interstate 95 or U.S. Highway 17 takes them to either U.S. Highway 70 and on to Morehead City or to NC Highway 58, which leads straight to Emerald Isle.

From the west, Interstate 40 will also take you to U.S. 70, which leads directly to Morehead City. From the east, the most picturesque journey into Carteret County, travelers must reserve space for the 2¼-hour ferry ride from Ocracoke Island to Cedar Island (see the ferry schedule in this chapter). At the ferry landing, NC Highway 12 continues a short distance to intersect with U.S. 70 W near the community of Sea Level, the highway's point of origin. (Interestingly enough, U.S. 70's other terminus is in Los Angeles.) From here, it's an unforgettable ride through lowland fields of junkus and Spartina marsh grasses and Down East fishing villages to historic Beaufort and the Crystal Coast or on to Havelock and New Bern.

Between Morehead City and Emerald Isle or Swansboro, the main thoroughfare is NC Highway 24, which offers views of Bogue Sound as you cross its bridges at Broad Creek and Gales Creek. On the island of Bogue Banks, NC 58 runs parallel to the beach for more than 22 miles, from Atlantic Beach west to Emerald Isle. Mile markers along the way make it easy to find things. Mile 1 (MM 1) begins at Fort Macon State Park on the east end of the island and the markers continue west, ending at the high-rise bridge in Emerald Isle.

Car Rental

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 637-2130

An Avis car rental desk is within the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport terminal. The company offers online or toll-free telephone reservations and all regular services available at larger airports. Someone is at the desk from 7 AM to 11:30 PM Monday through Friday; Saturday 8 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday...more about Avis Rent-a-Car

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
200 Terminal Dr.
New Bern, NC
(252) 637-3021

The Hertz auto rental desk in New Bern's Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is open Sunday to Friday 8 AM to 11 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM. Extra services available at this facility include child seats, hand controls for handicapped people, the Never Lost system and pick-up service with a...more about Hertz Rental Car

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
200 Terminal Dr.
New Bern, NC
(252) 637-5241

The National / Alamo car rental desk in the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport terminal is open Monday to Tuesday from 8 AM to 11:30 PM, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 AM to midnight, Thursday and Friday from 8 AM to 11:45 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 11:45 PM. Automobiles...more about National/Alamo Car Rental

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