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Best Beaches in North Carolina

Updated on October 5, 2018

North Carolina beaches

North carolina invites visitors to enjoy the state’s natural beauty, sports, adventure, arts, culture and history. Ride horses and whitewater raft in the appalachian countryside in the north carolina mountains. You can relax on beautiful north carolina beaches and even walk along the sand. North carolina is known for its motor sports, road rallies and stock car racing. North carolina’s coast and 300 miles of barrier island beaches have everything you need to play. You can enjoy fresh seafood right off the boat, play golf courses and picnic in a state park. You can even tour a north carolina winery and sample some award winning wines. Here are some of the best beaches in North Carolina feel free to drop your comments in the section given below.

Best beaches in North Carolina

kure beach nc
kure beach nc

1. Kure beach: Kure beach is located 25 minutes south of downtown wilmington is one of the best beaches in North Carolina. Pleasure island is home to carolina beach, kure beach, and fischer beach. The clear blue water is perfect for swimming. Other activities including fishing tournaments, surfing, shelling and sunbathing. Kure beach, north carolina has parks with tennis courts, basketball courts, playground for the kids, bike trail and grills. You can plan a picnic with your family and friends and enjoy your visit.

2. Holden beach: Holden beach, another one of best beaches in North Carolina is an island that is neatly tucked away in the southern most part of brunswick county. Holden beach is one of five islands that make up the north carolina brunswick islands and is located only 35 minutes south of Wilmington, and 30 minutes north of myrtle beach, south carolina. Since holden beach faces due south, visitors see the sunrise and set on the ocean. Holden beach is perfect for families. The beach offers a wide variety of activities including swimming, walking, and sun bathing. Holden beach has lot of grills, playground for the kids and restrooms.

beautiful Sunset beach in NC
beautiful Sunset beach in NC

3. Sunset beach: Sunset Beach is a small barrier island located at the southeast corner of North Carolina making it one of the top beaches in North Carolina. The beach is only 3 miles long. The island boasts a white sandy beach and undisturbed sand dunes, a natural habitat and nesting ground for the abundant coastal wildlife, including the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. The beach is also near to the bird island. The beach has picnic tables, grills and restrooms.

4. Carolina beach: The carolina beach is located in pleasure island and nearly 770 acres in size another great beach in North Carolina. The coastal area displays a variety of plant and animal life for visitors to enjoy. Carolina beach is home to several great events including outdoor movies, live music, firework displays and seaside amusement park. Biking, fishing, hiking are also available.

5. Atlantic beach: Atlantic beach, North Carolina is located at the eastern end of bogue banks. There is plenty of activities for everyone making it one of the best beaches in North Carolina. From shopping to all kinds of fishing and boating, sunbathing, restaurants, night life, and much more. Atlantic beach is also home to several fishing tournaments. The beach has plenty of picnic tables, grills and restrooms.

Wild horses on North Carolina beach


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      My Name 

      8 years ago

      I was looking for a list of beaches

    • Hunter Goodman profile image

      Hunter Goodman 

      8 years ago from Texas

      great collection hubs you have written!

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      9 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      What a great hub! I hope to move to NC this coming summer, and my desired location will be near Carolina Beach, which I see is on your list!!

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Some one loves to go to the beach!

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      I love the north carolina coast! I like to stay at Carolina Beach.

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      delilah sout 

      9 years ago

      I finally found beachs in nc that my kids can enjoy

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      Michael Shane 

      9 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I haven't seen any of these beaches yet but now I plan to....I would love to see the wild horses run the beach! Definitely, have to bookmark this one..thanks!

    • Greg Cremia profile image

      Greg Cremia 

      9 years ago from Outer Banks

      Don't forget the Outer Banks just to the north.

    • Place Kick profile image

      Place Kick 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I've only been to Kure beach once but I did like it as you can still find parking and not so many people. Most all the rest have parking problems.


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