Best Beaches in North Carolina

Millions of visitors head to North Carolina’s beaches every year to rent palatial estates and charming beach bungalows along the state’s best beachfront areas. Pack your swimsuit for a visit to the best beaches in North Carolina.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Stretching for 72 miles along the Atlantic Coast on the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. The beach’s hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf perfect for swimming, beachcombing and body-surfing. Visitors can climb up 248 steps to the top of the nation's tallest lighthouse -- towering at an impressive 196 feet -- for a spectacular view of the seashore. And as of April 2013, visitors will find a brand new lighthouse climb on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore: The Bodie Island Lighthouse, which dates back to the 1870s, has opened for climbs for the first time in its history, and stands 156 feet tall and has 214 steps (compared with 196 feet and 248 steps for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse).

  • 1401 National Park Dr
  • Avon, NC 27915 US
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