10 Best Beaches in North Carolina To Visit

North Carolina beaches boast some of the best fishing, boating, and breathtaking sunrises along the east coast. 

A laid-back attitude permeates the coast of North Carolina, making it the perfect destination for your next family-friendly getaway or a quiet island retreat. 

Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach is located a short drive from Wilmington, North Carolina, and is one of the more popular beaches in the state. Visitors will enjoy the renowned boardwalk, which features shops, restaurants, and amusement rides 


Known for its wild horse tours, Corolla is home to descendants of the Spanish Mustangs brought by explorers nearly 500 years ago. The wide-open beach is ideal for driving along with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach is a family-friendly destination on North Carolina's Crystal Coast. Spend your days fishing on one of the many piers, paddle boarding in the Bogue Sound, or visiting Fort Macon.  

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle provides many boat charters for fishing, or visitors can cast a line off the Bogue Inlet Pier. There's no better way to spend a family day on Emerald Isle than by taking the kids to Salty Pirate Water Park. 

Topsail Island

The island's southernmost point, Serenity Point, offers fantastic sunset views. Topsail is also known for its sea turtle preservation. While in town, visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to learn more about marine turtles. 

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is recognized as the birthplace of North Carolina surfing. If you enjoy fishing, visit Johnnie Mercers Pier, or take a fishing charter from the beach. 

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