What are the 10 best beaches in the Carolinas? NC beach tops list

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USA Today has put together a travel guide of the 10 best beaches in the Carolinas.

If you thought Myrtle Beach would be number one, you’d be wrong. Wrightsville Beach here in North Carolina tops the list.

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

Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Corolla Beach, N.C. all followed, respectively.

It’s not the first time North Carolina has been credited with having nice beaches. CNN recently published a list of the “10 secret beaches worth discovering.” Carova Beach in the Outer Banks made that list.

Here is USA Today’s list of the 10 best beaches in the Carolinas:

  1. Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
  2. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  3. Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  4. Corolla Beach, N.C.
  5. Kiawah Island, S.C.
  6. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, N.C.
  7. North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  8. Oak Island, N.C.
  9. Folly Beach, S.C.
  10. Pawleys Island, S.C.

Read more: USA Today


  • Linda Patterson

    My family has been going to Oak Island for years, we love it, Thought as the grandkids came along they might want to go to Myrtle, went one time and they hated it so we never went back, Too many people and to much traffic. Oak Island is the perfect size and close enough to Wilmington that you can have a great day trip and Southport is just a dreamy place, Way to go Oak Island.

  • Martinez de Pasqually

    I have been fortunate to visit all on the list if for only ten days at each. My most favorite would be your Hilton Head Island area ! The least would no doubt be your North myrtle Beach !!

  • Megan Yount

    i hated oak island……. Kure beach should be on the list if oak Is. is!!!!!!!! KB is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY better! (even carolina beach should be on the list b4 Oak is.!!!!) >.< Kure Beach is laid back (but theres still stuff to do)

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