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North Carolina Beaches

"Southern Charm By the Sea"

beautiful-beachWelcome 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 shoreline, 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, but 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 busy! 

We will start with the Outer Banks, 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 water! 

Now, let's talk about the beautiful, pristine North Carolina Beaches found on the mainland and the southern coast

Below is a great Crystal Coast video that says it all! 

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. 

nc-battleship-sign1North 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.

Brunswick Islands

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, and Shallotte. 

The first mainland town in Brunswick Islands is Calabash.  It is known as the "Seafood Capital of the World" and serves fresh seafood right off the fishing boats in more than a dozen restaurants.  calabash-nc-signOysters, fish, shrimp, and clams are served "Calabash Style" which 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!

shallotte-nc-signThe 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!

southport-nc-signThe third mainland town in Brunswick Islands is Southport.  It is 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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