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NC Coast and Beaches

Dig your toes into the cool sand and watch the salt-laced grains roll over the tops of your feet. Sun, sand, surf, rest and relaxation are closer than you think. North Carolina’s coast and 300 miles of barrier island beaches have everything you need to play or rejuvenate. Leave your cares at home and don’t forget the sunscreen. Come and have some fun on the North Carolina coast!


  • Brunswick Islands Area
      Five islands, six beaches, three mainland towns and over 35 golf courses, sums up the Brunswick Islands, but it doesn't end there. History, attractions, shopping and antiquing abound and we haven't even mentioned boating, fishing and great restaurants.
  • Crystal Coast
      This area is often referred to as North Carolina's southern Outer Banks. From the 25.4-mile long barrier island of Bogue Banks to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, you’ll find a beach for every taste. With Fort Macon State Park on the east and Bogue Sound on the north, these south-facing beaches are a rare find along America's east coast.
  • Lighthouses & Ferries
      NC’s coastal communities are steeped in the nautical life… including a series of lifesaving lighthouses and a fleet of ferries that make transportation to and from the mainland a fun and convenient ride. So, if you’re looking to experience life on the coast… even just for a weekend, North Carolina’s lighthouses and ferries will make you feel right at home on our beaches, sounds and inlets.
  • Outer Banks & Northern Coast
      Renew your spirit and unwind along North Carolina's Outer Banks, a collection of wind-swept barrier islands stretching 130 miles along the coast. For over 400 years, the Outer Banks have drawn explorers and adventurers from the mysterious disappearance of colonist on Roanoke Island to the first manned flight at Kitty Hawk.
  • Small Coastal Towns
      Where else but in North Carolina’s small coastal towns can you enjoy the unique flavor of Eastern North Carolina barbecue for lunch and eat your way through mounds of fresh seafood for dinner? Here, you can hop a ferry and enjoy the ride to one of America’s best beaches, feel the ocean breezes as you re-live the fate of the Lost Colony, visit a winery, or see where Pepsi Cola was invented.
  • Topsail Area
      If you like your beaches quiet, the Topsail area is just what you are looking for. This 26-mile long barrier island is perfect for a laid-back vacation. Accessible by two bridges, one an old-fashioned swing bridge and the other a modern high-rise bridge, the island consists of three towns; mostly residential North Topsail Beach, active Surf City and quiet Topsail Beach.
  • Wilmington & Cape Fear
      Historic Wilmington and North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast offer something for everyone. There are, of course, beautiful beaches that attract surfers, but there is also great shopping, dining, attractions, galleries, historical sites, museums and the EUE Screen Gems Studios where you can take a tour and go "star" gazing.

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