The Best Beaches in the Carolinas

North and South Carolina have some of the best beaches and it can be hard to narrow down the best one for yourself.  Before planning your next beach vacation, take time to think about the type of trip you would like. Is it one that requires no more than a great view and a cocktail in hand, or are you interested in taking a foodie tour or chartering a fishing boat?


The Outer Banks in North Carolina are barrier islands. Shipwreck diving, surfing and fishing are what attract most people to these islands. There are more than 100 miles of shoreline in Dare County with some having modern conveniences and others that are primitive with no amenities. Towns like Duck allow dogs on the beaches without leashes, but do not have public beach access. Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills are also known for great surfing.  


Bald Head Island in North Carolina is special in that you leave your vehicle and ferry over to the island to visit. Walking, biking and riding golf carts are the only transportation available once you arrive. This island offers great seaside golf, dining and the Island Retreat Spa and Salon, if spa time is a must for your vacation.    


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has some of the best golf and entertainment. If your family wants nonstop entertainment, Myrtle Beach is the spot for you. Courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman are here at this golfer’s paradise. Plan to visit the Alabama Theatre or Medieval Times tournament and dining. If you start to get tired, then relax on the beach.  


Isle of Palms, South Carolina is an incredible destination. This barrier reef island abounds with kayaking, canoeing and sailing opportunities. Rich with history, and a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Charleston, South Carolina this island is guaranteed to provide you a memorable experience.  


Corolla Township in North Carolina is a popular destination in the Outer Banks. It’s known for its great shopping and upscale dining, but perhaps more importantly, it’s home to the Banker horses.  Banker horses are wild, feral horses that make the barrier islands their home.  Sighting these horses is an ethereal experience.  Make Corolla a must see this year!

Before you plan your trip, speak with your trusted AAA insurance provider. They can let you know if you are covered while renting a home on vacation or for unexpected damages that may occur on your trip. AAA takes the work out of vacation planning.  


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