The Outer Banks, NC - beaches where wild horses roam

These Wild Horses Live On The Beach For One Incredible Reason…

It feels wrong to visit coastal North Carolina and not check out one of the state's iconic lighthouses. A visit to the white one on Ocracoke Island (the oldest of the group), accessible only via ferry, combines beautifully with a day on the beach. Pack a picnic lunch. —L.M.

The 11 Best Beaches in North Carolina

There's no challenging the Outer Banks magic when it comes to beaches, and North Carolina's Ocracoke Island has 16 miles of pristine and undeveloped dunes and sweeps of wild sand that stretch east toward Cape Hatteras. Ocracoke lures everyone from sunbath

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. There's no challenging the Outer Banks magic when it comes to beaches, and North Carolina's Ocracoke Island has 16 miles of pristine and undeveloped dunes and sweeps of wild sand that stretch east toward Cape Hatteras. Coastalliving.com

The Best Beaches in the USA

There's no challenging the Outer Banks magic when it comes to beaches, and North Carolina's Ocracoke Island has 16 miles of pristine and undeveloped dunes and sweeps of wild sand that stretch east toward Cape Hatteras.

My favorite part of visiting coastal North Carolina, besides the coast, is the Calabash style seafood. So good! My kids beg me to make this all the time. It is my most favorite food in the whole world!

Calabash Style Fried Shrimp

My favorite part of visiting coastal North Carolina, besides the coast, is the Calabash style seafood. My kids beg me to make this all the time. It is my most favorite food in the whole world!

Coastal North Carolina Map

Coastal North Carolina Map

They call this a "Coastal" North Carolina Map, but the one and only coastal town they highlighted is Wilmington. None of the others are coastal at all. Plus, they put New Bern where Washington is.

Beaufort, NC - Beaufort Waterfront - a friend lives nearby on his own island. such a pretty part of the us. the "lowcountry" has a smell all its own. at first, i didn't like it: salty, muddy. after about a day, i loved it. now, i crave the smell and the pace of the lowcountry.

Beaufort, NC - Beaufort Waterfront such a pretty part of the Crystal Coast. The "lowcountry" has a smell all its own that we crave that makes us love the pace of the lowcountry.

Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park, a great day trip about 60 minutes northeast of Greensboro, NC

Nags Head, North Carolina | It doesn’t need to be summer to get your beach fix. When the winter blues start to hit, we long for carefree summer days spent relaxing at the beach. Luckily, living in the South lends itself to year-round coastal getaways thanks to our temperate climate. A winter beach getaway is a no-brainer simply because it’s less crowded and not as sweltering hot. We think this might be the secret to your most relaxing beach vacation yet.

The Best Beach Towns to Visit This Winter

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