10 Best Beaches Of The Carolinas

You want to soak up the sun and all that summer fun has to offer. Maybe it's time to head to the coast. Check out this list of the 10 Best Beaches in the Carolinas by USA TODAY.

#1 Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

The shape of the coast at Wrightsbille Beach, north of the Cape Fear River, creates ideal waves that attract surfers from all over the East Coast. The town of Wrightsville Beach has enough stuff to find everything you need without all the tourist traps you don't particularly want.

#2 Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach boasts beautiful white-sand beaches with more free access points than any beachfront town in the nation, as well as more than 100 golf courses, thousands of great hotel rooms and restaurants, and excellent nightlife, shopping and entertainment. Perfect for family fun, a romantic couples retreat and golf groups.

#3 Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The upscale seaside resort of Hilton Head offers more than just a beautiful day at the beach. Golf, tennis, cycling and more in a relaxing Lowcountry setting might be just what the doctored ordered for a tranquil vacation.

#4 Corolla Beach, N.C.

Drive your vehicle (four-wheel drive only) north toCorolla Beach, a secluded stretch of coast that runs all the way to the Virginia border. Spot wild horses grazing in the dunes and build a bonfire on the beach.

#5 Kiawah Island, S.C.

This private barrier island is a playground for the upper class. In addition to its lovely beaches and Lowcountry scenery, Kiawah Island offers excellent golf, tennis, cycling, fishing and native Gullah cuisine.

#6 Cape Hatteras National Seashore, N.C.

This scenic stretch of natural beach is perfect for those looking to get away from civilization. Visitors can park their cars on the beach and swim with little contact from the outside world.

#7 North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach's less popular sister is actually the preferred vacation locale of a growing number of visitors. It offers sess-crowded beaches plus upscale accommodations, shopping and dining, and a downtown that revolves around beach music and shag dancing.

#8 Oak Island, N.C.

This charming little beach town is perfect for quiet family vacations and romantic couples getaways. Featuring more beach homes than hotels and beautiful stretches of undeveloped coastline, this is a great place to get back to nature.

#9 Folly Beach, S.C.

Much of the coastline around the port of Charleston is swampy and fed by rivers, but Folly Beach offers a nice, natural, sandy beach and a small but thriving town in close proximity to the historic Southern city.

#10 Pawleys Island, S.C.

Discover the best-kept secret of the S.C. Lowcountry in this charming island village. Featuring natural beaches, world-class golf and an "arrogantly shabby" atmosphere, Pawleys Island is the ideal place to escape for a laid-back beach vacation.


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