Towns and Beaches of the North Carolina Coast
North Carolina Coast can be divided into Five Main Areas that includes the
towns and beaches from the South Carolina to Virginia state line.
The Southern most section is the Brunswick County Islands, that
are known as the Brunswick Islands
Beaches. The southern most is Calabash
Beach in NC. Located at the North Carolina State Line. Next
is the island town of Sunset Beach in
NC. Next in the line of Brunswick Island Beaches is the island
town of Ocean Isle Beach in NC .
Continuing on, Holden Beach in NC is the
next island town. Next is the largest of the Brunswick Island Beaches,
Oak Island. Which includes Long Beach
and Caswell Beach. Baldhead
Island is the last of the Brunswick Barrier Islands and is accessible
only by ferry from Southport. Separated by a little longer distance
is the coastal town of Southport NC,
which is a mainland town. All the the afore mentioned Brunswick
Islands Beaches are separated only by a narrow inlet, but driving
time from one to the next is approximately 30 minuets.
The next section of North Carolina Beaches are called the North
Carolina Cape Fear Coast. Continuing up the coast from south
to north, the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina coastal islands
includes Fort Fisher, Kure
Beach in NC, Carolina Beach in NC
, Wrightsville Beach in NC and the
mainland port city of Wilmington NC.
Above the Cape Fear Coast is the North Carolina towns and beaches
of Topsail Island. Included
, are the Topsail Island Beaches of Topsail
Beach in NC, Surf City in NC, North
Topsail Beach and Hammocks Beach in NC.
Sneads Ferry and Swansboro are the two mainland towns in the Topsail
Island Beaches Area.
The next section of North Carolina coastal communities, also located
on barrier islands, are called the North
Carolina Crystal Coast. They begin with Emerald
Island to the south and continue north to Indian
Beach in NC, then Pine Knoll Shores,
and Atlantic Beach in NC. Cape
Lookout National Seashore, is the next island and is a National
Preserve. Included in the North Carolina Crystal Coast are the mainland
towns of Morehead City and Beaufort.
The last and longest section of the North Carolina Barrier Islands
are the North Carolina Outer Banks.
Your southern access from the mainland towns of Cedar Island or
Swan Quarter, takes you by ferry to the southern most Outer Banks
Island of Ocracoke Island. Traveling
north from Ocracoke you come to Hatteras
Island. The first town within a section of towns that make up
the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A group of North Carolina coastal communities and beaches within
the Outer Banks. The Cape
Hatteras National Seashore include Hatteras Island , Frisco,
Buxton, Avon, Salvo,
Waves, and Rodanthe.
Continuing north, the upper part of the North Carolina Outer Banks
include the towns of, Nags Head, Kill
Devil Hills, Southern Shores,
Duck NC , Sanderling,
Corrolla, and Carova.
Located behind Nags Head is the small island of Roanoke Island on
which the town of Manteo is located.