North Carolina Coast Beaches are among some of the most beautiful and serene coastal setting to be found on the Atlantic Coast. And can be divided into Five Main Areas that includes the towns and beaches from the South Carolina to Virginia state line.
Whether you are looking for that perfect NC Beach Vacation Destination or plan on making
North Carolina Coastal Living dreams come true in your future. You will find an overview of all the wonderful options the North Carolina Coast has available here.
Brunswick Islands Beaches
The southern most section of North Carolina beaches are the Brunswick County Islands, that are known as the Brunswick Islands Beaches. The southern most is Calabash at the North Carolina State line. Next is the small island town of Sunset Beach. Separated by Tubbs Inlet is the next island town of Ocean Isle Beach. The Shallotte River inlet divides Ocean Isle from the west end of Holden Beach, the next island town. At the east end of Holden Beach, the Lockwood Folly River Inlet, separates the largest of the Brunswick Islands, Oak Island, which includes Caswell Beach. The last of the Brunswick Barrier Islands, Baldhead Island is accessible only by ferry from Southport, which is a mainland town. All the the Brunswick Islands Beaches are separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Cape Fear Coast
The next section of North Carolina Beaches are called the North Carolina Cape Fear Coast. This is because of their separation from the mainland by the Cape Fear River. The Cape Fear Coast towns include Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach 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, Surf City, North Topsail Beach and Hammocks Beach. Sneads Ferry and Swansboro are the two mainland towns in the Topsail Island Beaches Area.
North Carolina Crystal Coast
The next section of North Carolina coastal communities, also located on barrier islands, called the North Carolina Crystal Coast. They begin with Emerald Island to the south and continue north to Indian Beach, then Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach in NC. The next island north is Cape Lookout National Seashore, a National Preserve. Included in the North Carolina Crystal Coast are the mainland towns of Morehead City and Beaufort.
North Carolina Outer Banks
The last and longest section of the North Carolina Barrier Islands is 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. Traveling north from Ocracoke you come to Hatteras. The first town within a section that make up the Cape Hatteras National Shore. A sub-group of North Carolina coastal communities and beaches within the Outer Banks. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore include Hatteras, 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, Sanderling, Corrolla, and Carova. Located behind Nags Head is the small island of Roanoke Island on which the town of Manteo is located.