Local Knowledge -  New Bern, NC

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New Bern, which means New Bear in English, is a quaint little town with a lot to offer a boater or fisherman traveling down the ICW Located at the point where the Neuse River meets the Trent River, this town has preserved its charm and will bend over backwards to make you feel at home. Both marinas are within a short walk of the historic downtown area.

Bridge Point Marina is the most reasonable of both the downtown marinas.  Several boats anchor between the bridge and another fixed road bridge up the river. There are no private or municipal moorings. Bridge Point has free ice and marina patrons can use the swimming pool.  There is also a complimentary continental breakfast buffet at the adjoining hotel for hotel guests; marina patrons can partake for a nominal charge (around $3).

Most of the New Bern's amenities are all within walking distance of the marinas, and it is a very nice walk. 

If your vessel is documented it does not require NC state registration. Dinghies need to be registered if powered by a gasoline engine. Registration costs $25. 

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Chamber  of Commerce Craven County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 314 South Front St., PO Box 1413, New Bern, 28563. 252-637-9400 1-800-437-5767.
Supermarkets Pak a Sak, on corner of Rt. 70 & Front St.
Banks/ATM First South Bank, corner of Front & Middle Sts.

Wachovia, corner of south Front St. & Hancock St. 


Restaurants Coffee House on Craven, past bank

Gallery Garden Cafe, on Craven, across from First South Bank.

Captain's Galley, one tenth of a mile from Front St. on Craven.

Italian Deli & Market, Middle St. between Front & Pollock.

Marine Supplies & Service UK Sails/Yachtsman Sail & Canvas Co., 220 Middle St., New Bern, NC. 28560  252-633-5501

Three Marine Supply stores South of New Bern on Rt. 70.

Places of Worship There are five churches on Middle St., including First Baptist Church between Front and Pollock St. There is a Jewish Synagogue on Middle St., between New St. & Johnson St.
Hardware Stores On Craven, between Front & Pollock Sts.
Post Office  
LP Gas  
Airport Craven County Regional Airport, 1501 Airport Rd., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-638-8591.
Hotels Comfort Suites Riverfront Park, 218 E. Front St., New Bern, NC 28560. 252-636-0022

Curtis Motel, 113 B Street, Bridgeton, NC. 28519. 252-638-3011

Days Inn, 925 Broad St., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-636-0150

Economy Inn, 3409 Clarendon Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560. 252-638-8166.

Fairfield Harbour, 585 Broad Creek Rd., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-638-8011

Hampton Inn, 200 Hotel Dr., New Bern, NC. 28562. 252-637-2111.

Holiday Inn Express, Hwy. 17 South, New Bern, NC. 28562. 252-638-8266.

The Palace Motel, Hwy. 17 South, New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-638-1151.

Bridgepointe Ramada Inn, 101 Howell Rd., New Bern, NC. 28562. 252-636-3637.

Sheraton Grand New Bern, 100 Middle St., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-638-3585.

Vacation Resorts, 1141 Broad Creek Rd., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-633-1151.

Rental Cars Automotive Rentals of New Bern, 3325 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560. 252-633-6089.

Avis Rent a Car, Craven County Regional Airport, New Bern, NC 28560. 252-637-2130.

Enterprise Rent A Car, 1702 Hwy. 70 East, New Bern, NC 28560. 252-514-2575.

Hertz Rent A Car, Craven County Regional Airport, New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-637-3021.

National Car Rental, 1501 Airport Rd., New Bern, NC. 28560. 252-637-5241.

Library There is a public library on the corner of Johnson & Middle St., four blocks from the waterfront.
Liquor/Convenience Stores There is a liquor store directly across from the Sheraton on Front St., next to the Chamber of Commerce.