Destination guide

Do you speak High Tider? You might be a local.

With a population of a little over 1000, Harkers Island is the very opposite of a bustling big city. That suits anyone who has booked a Harkers Island vacation rental just fine—chances are they were seeking a little peace and solitude, anyway. The locals speak “High Tider,” an English dialect that speaks to the area’s relative seclusion from the outside world. Much like a beautiful person who doesn't even realize how beautiful they are, Harkers Island is similarly modest in its quiet elegance and charm. You'll experience everything here, from engaging history to relaxing beach life to exquisite selfie-taking opps.

Things to do

Family-friendly fun and history on Harkers Island

For a small area that comes in at only 3.8 miles, Harkers Island certainly offers plenty to see. The most well known by far is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, a 163-foot behemoth overlooking the Southern Outer Banks. The exceptional Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center is dedicated to the posterity of area history, cultural achievements, and environmental highlights that make Harkers Island so attractive. The family will find plenty happening at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, too—there are interactive exhibits on ecology and animals, a children’s area, and a short film viewing.


Ferrying, shopping, nature-ing? It's all here.

If you’re a nature lover and you happen to have a Harkers Island vacation rental, take a moment to step outside, if you will. The Harkers Island Nature Trail, located just behind the Cape Lookout Visitor Center, is calling your name. Shaded by pines, the heavily forested trail is the ultimate bird-watching spot. You can also hop aboard the ferry and enjoy amazing views of the water, wander the beaches, or go for a swim before heading inland—about 10 miles outside Harkers Island—for a little shopping.


Snow means nothing on Harkers Island

Snow really isn't a thing in Harkers Island—how could it be when the average winter high is about 55 degrees? Sure, you may experience a cool breeze being near the water, but it’s a small price to pay for enjoying the beauty of a Harkers Island vacation rental. Summer is customarily hot, with averages of around 90 degrees, and humidity tends to rear its steamy head around the middle of the season. It doesn’t really cool off until November, and even then you may experience a stray 70-degree day or two.

Natural features

A bridge is the only way to reach Harkers Island

Near the heart of Carteret County, Harkers Island is a census-designated place that is about 19 feet above sea level in one area. It’s surrounded by the Core Sound, the North River, and The Straits, with the Back Sound’s waters crashing against the island’s south shoreline. There are two bays nearby, too: Eastmouth and Westmouth. The island is connected to the mainland via the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge, a handsome steel structure that is as commanding as the charming island itself.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Harkers Island

The nearest airport is in New Bern, NC (EWN-Craven Regional), located 38 mi (61.2 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Harkers Island?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 475 vacation rentals near Harkers Island. From 168 Houses to 36 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harkers Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Harkers Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Harkers Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center: 514 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: 963 vacation rentals
  • Beaufort Historic Site: 716 vacation rentals
  • Morehead City Port: 780 vacation rentals
  • Fort Macon State Park: 737 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harkers Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Harkers Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 168 Houses in Harkers Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Harkers Island include:

  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 36 rentals available
  • Cabins: 36 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Harkers Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 227 vacation rentals with pool available in Harkers Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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