Belhaven, NC This is a wonderful little place tucked off to the side of the Pungo River. Situated where the Pantego Creek joins the Pungo, the Belhaven harbor is well protected and has enough water to moor hundreds of boats. We were the only boat anchored out and we never could figure out why. We went ashore and saw that many of the local shops and restaurants had closed down or were for sale. The economy must be hitting this place pretty hard. After lunch at the Drug Store, we wandered about the commercial area looking for groceries and the museum. The museum wasn't open for another hour and the nearest grocery store was 5 miles away. Wandering about town we took off down River Road. It is lined with well maintained Victorians under old live oak trees. Across the road it seemed that each house had a bit of land on the river side with a pier and dock. Many of the docksides had little gardens, barbeques, and sitting areas under the trees looking west. Very nice area! At the end of the road is an old mansion that has been converted into a restaurant/hotel with marina attached. We had a particularly unpleasant discussion with one of the workers who would rather play 20 questions than provide any information. We don't think we will recommend that place to anyone. We went back to the boat and watched as a storm cell built up over us. It got pretty black and then we saw the wind coming across the water. It blew about 50 mph and water just poured out of the sky. Our visibility was pretty much zero for about 15 minutes. Then the wind calmed down, the sun came out and as we dried off we watched the sun set. Exhilarating!