With over 300 miles of beaches, North Carolina is an easy choice for an intimate oceanside retreat. You won’t find many hotel chains here, adding to North Carolina’s allure as a laidback beach escape. Travelers will find quaint beach towns, from Duck, NC, in the Outer Banks, to Sunset Beach on the Brunswick Islands, along with locally operated resort-style getaways with a cozy feel. Grab your shades and a towel for a stay at one of North Carolina’s best beach resorts.
Inn on Pamlico Sound
Northern Outer Banks
Blockade-Runner Beach Club
Just outside the historic port city of Wilmington, on a stretch of Wrightsville Beach, is the Blockade-Runner Beach Club. From the expansive front lawn that hosts games of croquet and horseshoes, to surfing lessons in the open Atlantic and kayaking through the barrier islands, guests quickly acclimate to an outdoors-filled stay. Families with small children can enjoy the Sandcamper's Program. After a day of sun and play, guests can dine on local seafood and fresh farm favorites at the club’s on-site restaurant, East Oceanfront Dining -- as the name suggests, diners enjoy oceanfront seating beneath a canopy. Then take a complimentary Intracoastal Waterway cruise before retiring to an oceanfront terrace room.
The Winds Resort Beach Club
If you’re seeking a beach escape with a tropical feel, head to The Winds Resort Beach Club. This pet-friendly resort, in the small seaside town of Ocean Isle, is set against a tranquil backdrop of tropical banana trees, hibiscus plants and poolside tiki bars. Guests can choose from beachfront cottages and guest rooms with ocean views. Meanwhile plenty of outdoor fun awaits, from a 3-hour kayak tour to 1-hour stand-up paddleboarding trek. On the grounds, relax at one of 3 outdoor swimming pools, lounge in a hammock overlooking the ocean or play a round of golf. Although The Winds feels like a tropical paradise, the complimentary Southern-style breakfast (think: lots of grits, eggs and potatoes) and famed shoreline will remind you this is North Carolina.
Sea Trail Golf Resort
Calabash, North Carolina
In the Brunswick Islands of North Carolina, head to the fisherman’s town of Calabash for a stay at the Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort. Just a short distance from Myrtle Beach, the resort is both a golfer’s getaway and a beachcomber’s paradise. The sprawling plantation-style resort, nestled among the Carolina pines and just a few miles from Sunset Beach, offers 1- and 2-bedroom condos with full kitchens, overlooking 3 9-hole, award-winning courses. Enjoy dining at the 19th Hole restaurant, or relax poolside. Sea Trail Golf Resort, also in Calabash, is situated on the greens, with villa-style suites that offer full kitchens and private porches. Dine while golfing at Brassie's Pub, which offers an assortment of café items on the links, or head to the Magnolia Lounge in the evening for a romantic dinner.