Welcome to the North Carolina Beaches where
you will find some of the
most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast.
North Carolina has over 300 miles of
located along the islands of the Outer Banks,
the mainland and the southern coast.
The beaches are busy and inviting year-round. We are sure you
will find one to call your very favorite!
Along the North Carolina coast, the beaches are the main attraction,
the area is also very rich in
history from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. There are
plenty of historic sites and museums to keep the history buff
We will start with the Outer
, one of the most popular coastal areas of North
Carolina. Among the barrier islands you will find Hatteras Island
, Bodie Island
, Roanoke Island
and Ocracoke Island
Not only are the
beaches great and unspoiled, but it is also a retreat for wind surfing,
big game fishing, hang gliding and surfers. You can also
experience the unforgetable ferry rides and see the view from the
Now, let's talk about the beautiful, pristine North Carolina Beaches
found on the mainland and the
Below is a great Crystal Coast video that says it
The Crystal Coast's
Beaches from The Crystal
Coast on Vimeo.
The Crystal Coast
, also known
as the Southern Outer Banks
is 85 miles
of shoreline that stretches from Emerald Isle in the west to Beaufort
and Cape Lookout National Seashore in the east. The main towns in
the area that makeup the Crystal Coast are Beaufort, Atlantic
Beach, Morehead City, and Emerald Isle. It also includes
the towns and communities of Harkers Island, Shackleford Banks,
Swansboro, Indian Beach, Hammock's Beach, Newport, Cape Carteret, and
Pine Knoll Shores.
North Carolina Beaches on the southern coast also include well-known
Wilmington and the Cape Fear Coast, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach,
Topsail Beach, Long Beach, Sunset Beach, and Carolina Beach
A great attraction to see is the Battleship North Carolina! It is
close to the all of the southern coast beaches of North Carolina.
The southeastern corner of the North Carolina Beaches are called the Brunswick Islands
The beaches of Brunswick Islands include Ocean Isle
Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, and
Sunset Beach. The three mainland towns are Calabash, Southport,
The first mainland town in Brunswick Islands is Calabash. It is
known as the "Seafood Capital of the World"
serves fresh seafood
right off the fishing boats in more than a dozen restaurants.
Oysters, fish, shrimp, and clams
are served "Calabash Style"
means lightly battered and deep fried to order.
You will also
find great golf courses and shopping in this small and charming
southern town. And, you are in close proximity to Norh Ocean Drive
Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina just across the border.
The beautiful Atlantic Ocean is not far at all. So, if you're looking
for great seafood, this is the place to check out!
The second mainland town is Shallotte
. It is known as the
"commercial hub" because it is about a 10 minute drive from the
Brunswick Island beaches.
It serves as the islands shopping hub
and has all the modern conveniences you need with hotels, restaurants,
and shops. Shallotte also has that southern small town charm!
The third mainland town in
Brunswick Islands is Southport
located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and is a charming, small
fishing village and marina.
You will find wonderful antique
shops, great dining, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum
as you walk
along under 200 year old Oak trees!
Bald Head Island is very
close, only 4 miles out to sea, but the island is only accessible by
private boat or ferry.
When you visit any of the North Carolina
Beaches, islands, and towns you will experience their famous and
charming, "southern hospitality"
and laid-back atmosphere!
Whether you plan to stay for the weekend, or the whole week, the North
Carolina Beaches, will be a vacation
to remember! You may even want to call it "home"!
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